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FaceBase is a collaborative NIDCR-funded consortium generating data in support of advancing research into craniofacial development and malformation. Members of the consortium contribute large datasets of a variety of types and make them available to the wider research community via this website. Data is acquired using high-throughput genetic, molecular, biological, imaging and computational techniques.

FaceBase Data fits into one of two broad categories: open and restricted access.

Open access is available on the FaceBase Data Browser to any interested user and does not require any formal registration. Open-access data is limited to summary-level human data (ex: averaged facial measures), and all non-human data. However, to download data, you must sign up for a FaceBase account.

Restricted access includes all individual-level human data (ex: demographic descriptors, phenotypic measures, 3D images) and requires the requestor to complete and submit the Data Access Request form as described in How do I request access to restricted human data?

Currently, FaceBase has data for humans, mice, and zebrafish.
A FaceBase account allows you to download open access data from the site. This helps us see how much data is being consumed and which data - which in turn helps us evaluate the usefulness of our data to the community.
No, FaceBase is NIH-funded and free.

In the upper right corner, click "Sign Up" and follow the steps.

After clicking 'Sign In',

  • You will be able to choose a method of logging in - ie, in many cases, you'll be able to use your university or organization credentials.
  • Fill out the fields.
  • Your application will be forwarded to the Hub for approval. Only applications for research purposes will be approved and the Hub may contact you for more information.
  • Once the Hub has approved your request, you will receive notification via email and then be able to login to FaceBase and download data.

An email will be sent to the email address entered during registration.
Between 24-48 hours from the time the request is received.

Our account management and authentication system is GlobusID, powered by Globus Online. Globus is a non-profit service for the research community operated by the University of Chicago and Globus Online is a powerful data transfer and authentication system designed for performance, reliability and scalability. We are using their very secure authentication system that also works securely with other Identity Providers such as Google and InCommon.

Since October 2016, new FaceBase accounts may be created using existing university credentials (via InCommon) or Google. For accounts created before this time, your account login is referred to as a GlobusID.

  1. Complete the FaceBase Data Use Certification Agreement.
  2. Complete the Data Access Request (DAR) document, and an IRB approval from your institution.
  3. Submit the Data Use Certification Agreement, DAR, and the IRB approval to the NIH Data Access Committee at dac AT
    You shall receive an answer from the Data Access Committee within 4-6 weeks
  4. Once your request is processed, you are notified via email that your user account is approved for human dataset downloads. Note that this permission to download human data expires 180 days after the date of approval.

If you have any questions regarding this process or need help with downloads please contact the FaceBase Help Desk via email: help AT

Yes. The ability to download human data expires a year after the approval date.
No, your FaceBase account does not expire.
After you register and are approved as a member of FaceBase, you can download data by clicking the "Files" section on a dataset's detail page (the page that appears when you click a dataset's link from your search results).
A dataset is a group of files combined into one zip file for download. They are organized in a way that the HUB and submitter believe is the most useful, such as images and videos of mice all with the same mutation and at the same developmental stage.

Each dataset will contain specific citation information. An example is:

miRNA expression data were obtained from FaceBase ( and were generated by project U01DE020076. The FaceBase consortium and the FaceBase Data Management Hub (1U01DE024449-01) are funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
You can contact the provider of the data directly. Each dataset includes a link to their profile page, which contains contact information.
FaceBase formerly operated a Genome Browser mirror site at We have since upgraded our site to become an officially supported Track Hub of the UCSC Genome Browser. All of the FaceBase track data that was available on the mirror is now available via the Track Hub.
FaceBase has announcements and updates located on the homepage. You can also sign up for our mailing list here.
Due to constraints as we're developing the new data model, we are not accepting outside contributions at this time.
Currently, FaceBase is not on Twitter.
Email help AT to inquire about contacting a speaker.
FaceBase does not accept advertising from outside sources.