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The Filter Cart provides a powerful way to query and access data for which you may be interested.  

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 run a query, it may take a moment to populate but this will happen in the background so you can define other queries 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 structures or collections 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 shown.  To see other data structures, select "Find All Subject Data" which will query all data for those subjects. When a secord or third filter is applied, an AND condition is used.  A subject must exist in all filters.  If the subject does not appear in any one filter, that subjects data will not be included in your filter cart. If that happens, clear your filter cart, and start over.  

It is best to package more data than you need and access those data using other tools, independent of the NDA (e.g. miNDAR snapshot), to limit the data selected.  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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Element NameData TypeSizeRequiredDescriptionValue RangeNotesAliases
subjectkeyGUIDRequiredThe NDAR Global Unique Identifier (GUID) for research subjectNDAR*
src_subject_idString20RequiredSubject ID how it's defined in lab/projectpid
interview_dateDateRequiredDate on which the interview/genetic test/sampling/imaging/biospecimen was completed. MM/DD/YYYYRequired field
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.
sexString20RequiredSex of the subjectM;FM = Male; F = Femalegender
ethnicityString30RequiredEthnicity of participantHispanic or Latino; Not Hispanic or Latino; Unknown
raceString30RequiredRace of study subjectAmerican Indian/Alaska Native; Asian; Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; Black or African American; White; More than one race; Unknown or not reported
group_dcf_cIntegerRecommendedRecruited for DCF or control group?0; 1; 9990= Control; 1= DCF; 999= Not Answeredgroup
guardiansIntegerRecommendedChild's current guardian(s)0::5; 9990= Birth parent; 1= Foster parent; 2= Grandparent; 3= Other relative, 4= Residential center; 5= Other; 999= Not Answered
guardians_otherString50RecommendedIf "other" for previous question, please describe
income_levelIntegerRecommendedAnnual household income?1::7; 9991= <10,000; 2= 10-19,999; 3= 20-29,999; 4= 30-39,999; 5= 40-49,999; 6= >50,000; 7= Unknown; 999= Not Answered
ses_scoreIntegerRecommendedSocial status code as calculated from Parent CARE form1::5; 9991= 8-19; 2= 20-29; 3= 30-39; 4= 40-54; 5= 55-66; 999= Not Answered
das1msString200RecommendedMarital status
educatFloatRecommendedNumber of years in formal education999=Unknown/Missing
cbfmomedu_yrIntegerRecommendedMother's Educational Level (Years of schooling)888 = not applicable; 999 = missing
cbfdadedu_yrIntegerRecommendedFather's Educational Level (Years of schooling)888 = not applicable; 999 = missing
npreadIntegerRecommendedCan participant read written material?0;11 = Yes; 0 = No
clrblindIntegerRecommendedIs the participant colorblind0;1 0=No; 1=Yes
handednessString29RecommendedhandednessR;L;B;999R = Right; L = Left; B = Both
emplstatIntegerRecommendedemployment in the past month1::31=Unemployed (no school or work activity); on disability; homemaker w/ no dependent children (or other family member) in need of daily care-taking; or day program/day hospital attendance only; 2=Volunteer or temp job; sheltered or competitive part-time employment (<20 hrs/wk); full-time mother/father/caretaker of children (or other family member) in need of daily care-taking (e.g., a full-time stay-at-home mom); or part-time student; 3=Competitive employment (20+ hrs/wk); or multiple part-time jobs (20+ hrs/wk); or full-time student
curlsIntegerRecommendedliving situation1::71=Correctional Facility; 2=Homeless Shelter; 3=Treatment Institution; 4=Supervised Facility; 5=Supervised Non-Facility; 6=Assisted/Supported; 7=Independent Living
tohenmod_locIntegerRecommendedTohen Modified Location Code Index. If multiple ratings possible, choose highest rating.0::90 = Unknown or Missing; 1 = Head of household or functional household member; 2 = Alone or with peer; (also, living in a rented room); 3 = With family member under minimal supervision; 4 = Unsupervised boarding home; (also, college dorm or military barracks); 5 = Cooperative apartment; 6 = Halfway house; 7 = With family member under close supervision; 8 = Open quarter-way house OR transitional care unit on hospital grounds; 9 = Hospitalized OR Homeless
tohenmod_vocIntegerRecommendedTohen Modified Vocational Status Index. If multiple ratings possible, choose highest rating0::70 = Unknown or Missing; 1 = Full-time gainful employment; 2 = Full-time student OR homemaker OR mother/father/other caretaker of children (or other family member) in need of daily care-taking (e.g. full-time "stay-at-home mom"); 3 = Part-time student OR part-time gainful employment (30 hrs/wk or less); 4 = Retired; 5 = Full- or part-time volunteer; 6 = On medical or psychiatric leave of absence; 7 = Unemployed (whether or not expected to work)
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: demoinc01 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.