OCP is closed as of May 31, 2019. This page is here for archival purposes only.

Sharing Data with OCP

Please note our data sharing program is paused at this time.

Share your data with OCP, and contribute to the first open data set of its kind.

The information on this page will give you the information you need to share data with OCP. Here you’ll find:

Information for Individuals

Information for Labs & Data Aggregators

Information for Everyone

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, check our FAQ or reach out with any questions.

Please note that we’re focusing on collecting cannabinoid and terpene data at this time. If you’re a genetics lab, please read this.

Terms for Data Sharing

These are the terms OCP uses for customers wishing to share data with us. Please use these terms in your communication with your customers:

The data is provided free of any claims of copyright, free of any claims of trade secrecy as to the data (such claims may exist as to living material), and free of any privacy claims.

ShareAlike Data Studio (a.k.a. Open Cannabis Project (OCP)) and the Data Provider enter into this agreement in order to enable the publication of the Provider’s data in order to improve scientific understanding of cannabis, improve public understanding of the prior art of cannabis cultivation, and improve the accuracy of intellectual property claims relating to cannabis plants. The Data Provider warrants that these data accurately represent the results of an analysis of a sample of cannabis. The data are provided free of any claims of copyright, free of any claims of trade secrecy as to the data (such claims may exist as to living material), and free of any privacy claims.

OCP warrants that if it publishes the data, it will do so without alteration, except as necessary to protect the privacy of the Data Provider or the privacy of the owner of the cannabis sample.

How to share your data through a Partner Lab

The steps are simple:

  1. Log into your customer account at a partner lab listed below.
  2. Click the checkbox that says Share my Data with OCP.

Each lab’s customer interface might be slightly different. Contact your lab for more specific instructions.

Partner Labs

Cascadia Labs
Phylos Bioscience

Don’t see your lab listed? Tell them you want them to become a Data Partner!

How to share your data through Confident Cannabis

Sharing data with the OCP is very easy in Confident Cannabis.

First, make sure you test your flower with a Confident Cannabis partner lab. About half of the cannabis labs in the U.S. use Confident Cannabis, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one. To see a list of labs who work with Confident Cannabis within your state, go to confidentcannabis.com, click “Get Started” at the top right, create your free account, and then click “New Lab Order” at the top left.

When logged into your lab account through Confident Cannabis, look on the left hand side of the screen in the menu. There, you’ll see a new option called Exports:

View from the Confident Cannabis Exports area

Exports allows you to export your data from Confident Cannabis so you can share it with OCP. Using the Export Type dropdown, you can select the Lab Data (.csv) option:

dropdown menu showing export selection options, csv selected

If you don’t see the Exports option in your menu, please email support@confidentcannabis.com with the subject “Enable Exports – [your organization’s name].”

Choose your Start Date and End Date, and click Export.

Once completed, please send your export to data@opencannabisproject.org. Our team will upload your data as soon as possible – and are working on ways to automate the process to make it even faster and easier.

How to Create a System for Sharing Chemical Lab Results

The easiest way for labs to share chemical data with us is using a CSV export from their Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

At a high level, here’s what you need to do:

  • Create an opt-in option in your LIMS. This can be as simple as a checkbox that gives people the option to share their anonymized data with OCP. We encourage you to provide links to our FAQs and Terms for Data Sharing.
  • Communicate to your customers that they are invited to share their data. Please let us know if you’d like help crafting your message.

Once a month, export and send your data using the the Export & Formatting Guidelines below.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out, and if you’re ready to become a Data Partner, sign up here.

Export & Formatting Guidelines

Export goal: a CSV file of anonymized cannabinoid and terpene readings, formatted using the guidelines below.

Please include:

  • Sample ID
  • State and/or country of sample
  • Cannabinoid & Terpene readings
  • Water content

Please do not include:

  • Farm name
  • Name of customer
  • Other PID
  • Zip code

Wondering why this data is anonymized? Check out our FAQs.

Please organize cannabinoids and terpenes:

  • Cluster your results in 3 sections: THC compounds, CBD compounds, and Terpenes.
  • Within each cluster, alphabetize each reading using the first English letter
  • Please use mg/g (not percentages, except for water). We’ll calculate the percentages for you.

We will provide you with a specified email to send your exports to.

Other information we may request from you:

  • Basic information about your lab, including a primary contact and the lab’s URL
  • Documentation about your testing equipment (if possible)
  • Documentation about your Any information you can provide about Dry/Wet sampling methods (if possible)

This technical information can be used to help understand variances between lab results.

Information for Genetics Labs

If you or your customers are interested in sharing your genetic data for legal or scientific reasons, the best place to do it is the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website and database. Many of you likely know this and already share your data there, and with good reason: it’s built to handle genetic data, and it’s already in use by scientists and patent examiners alike.

Since this information is already public and gets read by the exact experts we want to see it, we are pausing on genetic data collection to get the system for cannabinoid and terpene information up and running.

We look forward to stitching in genetic data from the NCBI and hope to bring on that project in 2019. Please sign up for our newsletter for up-to-date announcements.

To learn more about how to share your genetic data with NCBI, visit their website.