COSMIC Data Set

About the Catalog Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer

The Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (COSMIC) is the world’s largest and most comprehensive resource for exploring the impact of somatic mutations in human cancer. The COSMIC tables in BigQuery are produced in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to provide a new way to explore and understand the mutations driving cancer.

About the Catalog Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer Data

The BigQuery data sets contain all of the CSV and TSV files available for download from the COSMIC Download page. Please explore the tables at (after registering for access):

Accessing the Catalog Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer Data

To access the BigQuery tables, you will need to link your Google identity with a COSMIC account.

  • New COSMIC User: Register for a new COSMIC account. During registration, fill in the ‘Google ID’ field with your base* Google Identity.

A COSMIC account and academic use of the data is free, though commercial use of the COSMIC data is subject to licensing fees. Please review the COSMIC terms for more information.

  • Registered COSMIC User: After logging in, navigate to the Account Settings page and fill in the ‘Google ID’ field with your base* Google Identity.

Once you have linked your Google identity to a COSMIC account, ISB-CGC will obtain your Google Identity. After a short delay, you will have “viewer” access to the COSMIC tables in BigQuery. You will then be able to view the data sets in the BigQuery UI under the isb-cgc Google Cloud project and query the tables with your own Google Cloud Project.

We also have tutorials on using the COSMIC data sets with BigQuery in our Community Notebook Repository that you can check out.

If you are new to using ISB-CGC Google BigQuery data sets, see the Quickstart Guide to learn how to obtain a Google identity and how to set up a Google Cloud Project. Additionally, we offer free cloud credits for cancer research; you can find out more here.

If you can’t successfully run a query or see the COSMIC tables under the isb-cgc project, please verify that the Google ID you have provided is a valid Google account. If you are still unable to run a query or view the data sets under the isb-cgc Google Cloud Project, please contact us at feedback@isb-cgc.org.

* e.g. the base account tb@mylab.org might have a longer-form alias like thomas.brown@mylab.org


Have feedback or corrections? Please email us at feedback@isb-cgc.org.