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The Filter Cart provides a way to query and access data for which you may be interested.  There are multiple places to go query and Add to Filter Cart (Sometimes called Download).  

A few points related to the filter cart are important to understand with the NDA Query/Filter implementation: 

First, the filter cart is populated asyncronously.  So, when you add subjects, sometimes it may take a few minutes to populate.  You can continue to do other things during this time. 

When you are adding your first filter, all data associated with your query will be added to the filter cart (whether it be a collection, a concept, a study, a data structure/elment or subjects). Not all data available for the subjects selected will necessarily be displayed.  For example, if you select the NDA imaging structure image03, and further restrict that query to scan_type fMRI, only fMRI images will appear and only the image03 structure will be available.  However, if you want to see all of the clinical and phenotype, then select, "Find All Subject Data" to see all the data avaialble for those subjects.  

when a secord or third filter is applied, an AND condition is used to determine the subjects that are exist in all filters.  If the subject does not appear in any filter, that subjects data will be excluded from your filter cart. Given the sparcity of data in the NDA, it is possible for no subjects to appear across filters.  If that happens, clear your filter cart, and start over.  

The NDA is looking to enhance query/filtering.  Until additional tools become available, it is best to package more data than you need and then package and download the data and use other tools to further restrict and analyze the data.  If you have any questions on data access, are interested in using avaialble web services or need help accessing data, please contact us for assistance.  

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The filters you have selected from various query interfaces will be stored here, in the 'Filter Cart'. The database will be queried using filters added to your 'Filter Cart', when multiple filters are defined, each will be executed using 'AND' logic, so with each filter that is applied the result set gets smaller.

From the 'Filter Cart' you can inspect each of the filters that have been defined, and you also have the option to remove filters. The 'Filter Cart' itself will display the number of filters applied along with the number of subjects that are identified by the combination of those filters. For example a GUID filter with two subjects, followed by a GUID filter for just one of those subjects would return only data for the subject that is in both GUID filters.

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Element NameData TypeSizeRequiredDescriptionValue RangeNotesAliases
subjectkeyGUIDRequiredThe NDAR Global Unique Identifier (GUID) for research subjectNDAR*
src_subject_idString20RequiredSubject ID how it's defined in lab/projectrecord_id, stepid
interview_dateDateRequiredDate on which the interview/genetic test/sampling/imaging/biospecimen was completed. MM/DD/YYYYRequired fieldv10_bdq_date, v2_bdq_date, v3_bdq_date, v4_bdq_date, v5_bdq_date, v6_bdq_date, v7_bdq_date, v8_bdq_date, v9_bdq_date
interview_ageIntegerRequiredAge in months at the time of the interview/test/sampling/imaging.0 :: 1260Age is rounded to chronological month. If the research participant is 15-days-old at time of interview, the appropriate value would be 0 months. If the participant is 16-days-old, the value would be 1 month.v10_bdq_age, v2_bdq_age, v3_bdq_age, v4_bdq_age, v5_bdq_age, v6_bdq_age, v7_bdq_age, v8_bdq_age, v9_bdq_age
genderString20RequiredSex of the subjectM;FM = Male; F = Female
daysrzIntegerRecommendeddays since randomization
visitString50RecommendedVisit nameCharacter description of each type of visito3visit
eggyolksIntegerRecommendedconsumption egg yolks over past 4 weeks0;10=Never or less than 5 per week; 1=5 or more per week
poultryIntegerRecommendedpoultry consumption over past 4 weeks0::20=0-4 per week; 1=5-9 per week; 2=10 or more per week
shelfishIntegerRecommendedshellfish consumption over past 4 weeks0::20=0-3 per month; 1=1-2 per week; 2=3 or more per week
othfishIntegerRecommendedother fish consump over past 4 weeks0::30=Never or less than 1 per month; 1=1-3 per month; 2=1-2 per week; 3=3 or more per week
liversIntegerRecommendedliver consumption over past 4 weeks0::30=Never or less than 1 per month; 1=1-3 per month; 2=1-2 per week; 3=3 or more per week
siteString100RecommendedSiteStudy Sitesite_id, siteid
diet_participant_attendanceIntegerRecommendedParticipant show up for appointment?0;10=Yes; 1=No
diet_diary_completeIntegerRecommendedDiary complete?0;10=Yes; 1=No
diet_food_pickupIntegerRecommendedFood pick up?0;10=Yes; 1=No
aeString250RecommendedAdverse event Descriptionadverse_events
diet_complianceIntegerRecommendedDiet Compliance1::51=Excellent; 5=Poor
meatIntegerRecommendedEat red meat0::30= never; 1= rarely; 2= sometimes; 3= alwaysv10_bdq_1meat, v2_bdq_1meat, v3_bdq_1meat, v4_bdq_1meat, v5_bdq_1meat, v6_bdq_1meat, v7_bdq_1meat, v8_bdq_1meat, v9_bdq_1meat
sweetbeverageIntegerRecommendedDrink sweetened beverages0::30= never; 1= rarely; 2= sometimes; 3= alwaysv10_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v2_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v3_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v4_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v5_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v6_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v7_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v8_bdq_2sweetbeverage, v9_bdq_2sweetbeverage
refinedsugarIntegerRecommendedEat refined sugar0::30= never; 1= rarely; 2= sometimes; 3= alwaysv10_bdq_3refinedsugar, v2_bdq_3refinedsugar, v3_bdq_3refinedsugar, v4_bdq_3refinedsugar, v5_bdq_3refinedsugar, v6_bdq_3refinedsugar, v7_bdq_3refinedsugar, v8_bdq_3refinedsugar, v9_bdq_3refinedsugar
fruitveggieIntegerRecommendedEat fruits and vegetables0::30= never; 1= rarely; 2= sometimes; 3= alwaysv10_bdq_4fruitveggie, v2_bdq_4fruitveggie, v3_bdq_4fruitveggie, v4_bdq_4fruitveggie, v5_bdq_4fruitveggie, v6_bdq_4fruitveggie, v7_bdq_4fruitveggie, v8_bdq_4fruitveggie, v9_bdq_4fruitveggie
multivitaminIntegerRecommendedTake multivitamins0::30= never; 1= rarely; 2= sometimes; 3= alwaysv10_bdq_5multivitamin, v2_bdq_5multivitamin, v3_bdq_5multivitamin, v4_bdq_5multivitamin, v5_bdq_5multivitamin, v6_bdq_5multivitamin, v7_bdq_5multivitamin, v8_bdq_5multivitamin, v9_bdq_5multivitamin
medication_nameString255RecommendedName of medication
medication2_nameString200RecommendedName second medication that the participant has taken0 = No medication; 999= Legitimately skipped
medication3_nameString150RecommendedName third medication that the participant has taken0 = No medication; 999= Legitimately skipped
medication4_nameString100RecommendedName fourth medication that the participant has taken0 = No medication; 999= Legitimately skipped
medication_5_nameString50Recommendedspecify med 5
medication_6_nameString50Recommendedspecify med 6
medication_7_nameString50Recommendedspecify med 7
medication_8_nameString50Recommendedspecify med 8
saliva_foodsIntegerRecommendedWhat foods and drinks did you have after 7pm the night prior or the day of providing the samples?1::81= No Problematic Foods; 2= Foods containing caffeine or xanthenes; 3= Alcohol; 4= Dairy Products; 5= 2and3; 6= 2and4; 7= 3and4; 8= 2and3and4
saliva_bedtimeString5RecommendedWhat time did you go to bed the night prior to providing the samples and what time did you get up this morning? Bedtime:24 hr clock hh:mm
saliva_wakeupString5RecommendedWhat time did you go to bed the night prior to providing the samples and what time did you get up this morning? Wake-Up:24 hr clock hh:mm
saliva_smkIntegerRecommendedDid you smoke prior to sample?0;10=No; 1=Yes
saliva_exrcsIntegerRecommendedAny aerobic or weight exercises prior to sample?0;10=No; 1=Yes
saliva1_timeString5RecommendedTime sample 1 was taken24 hr clock hh:mm
saliva2_timeString5RecommendedTime sample 2 was taken24 hr clock hh:mm
saliva_prescrIntegerRecommendedHow many different prescriptions for aniphsychotics, antidepressants or stimulants were taken in the 24 hours prior to providing any samples? Please specify0::55= Greater than 4
version_formString100RecommendedForm used/assessment name
Data Structure

This page displays the data structure defined for the measure identified in the title and structure short name. The table below displays a list of data elements in this structure (also called variables) and the following information:

  • Element Name: This is the standard element name
  • Data Type: Which type of data this element is, e.g. String, Float, File location.
  • Size: If applicable, the character limit of this element
  • Required: This column displays whether the element is Required for valid submissions, Recommended for valid submissions, Conditional on other elements, or Optional
  • Description: A basic description
  • Value Range: Which values can appear validly in this element (case sensitive for strings)
  • Notes: Expanded description or notes on coding of values
  • Aliases: A list of currently supported Aliases (alternate element names)
  • For valid elements with shared data, on the far left is a Filter button you can use to view a summary of shared data for that element and apply a query filter to your Cart based on selected value ranges

At the top of this page you can also:

  • Use the search bar to filter the elements displayed. This will not filter on the Size of Required columns
  • Download a copy of this definition in CSV format
  • Download a blank CSV submission template prepopulated with the correct structure header rows ready to fill with subject records and upload

Please email the The NDA Help Desk with any questions.

Distribution for DataStructure: dq01 and Element:
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Filters enable researchers to view the data shared in NDA before applying for access or for selecting specific data for download or NDA Study assignment. For those with access to NDA shared data, you may select specific values to be included by selecting an individual bar chart item or by selecting a range of values (e.g. interview_age) using the "Add Range" button. Note that not all elements have appropriately distinct values like comments and subjectkey and are not available for filtering. Additionally, item level detail is not always provided by the research community as indicated by the number of null values given.

Filters for multiple data elements within a structure are supported. Selections across multiple data structures will be supported in a future version of NDA.