There are three levels of users in Synapse:
The table below summarizes the user privileges for each level.
|Browse Public Project Catalog||X||X||X|
|Browse Public File Catalog||X||X||X|
|Create a Project||X||X|
|Add Wiki Content||X||X|
*Your ability to download a
Table depends on your Synapse user type AND fulfilling the
Conditions for Use, if any, of the
You are solely responsible for your actions on Synapse. You are required to abide by the Synapse Terms and Conditions of Use and all policies and principles described in the Synapse governance documents. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with these documents. Please contact the Synapse Access and Compliance Team (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Anyone over the age of 13 may create a Synapse account. From your Synapse profile homepage, you can edit your profile information, update your email account, and change your password. All user activity on Synapse is recorded for auditing purposes. So, although they can be updated, Synapse accounts cannot be deleted. All of your public activities are and will remain publically viewable. All of your activities within private projects are and will remain viewable to the people within that project.
Anyone can browse Synapse anonymously to review the platform features and resources, including the catalog of public
Anonymous Users cannot create
Projects in Synapse, add
Wiki content, comment in a
Discussion Forums, nor can they upload or download
Registered Users can create
Wikis. They can collaborate with other
Registered Users and create teams.
Registered Users can download
Open Data and, if they fulfill
Conditions for Use,
Certified Users are authorized to use the full Synapse functionality. In order to ensure that users wishing to interact more freely within Synapse are familiar with the Synapse Commons Data Use Procedure, users must pass a short quiz (15 questions, approximately 20 minutes) to become
Certified Users can apply to have their user profile validated. A Synapse user with a
Validated Profile is eligible to request access to Bridge data (data collected in research studies conducted via self-guided mobile applications.)
As a certified user with a validated profile, you can access more features and data.
A validated profile is one where your identity is established through a combination of your profile information, your ORCID, your signed Synapse Pledge, and an external credential. This profile validation enables greater transparency within the research community, promoting a reciprocal relationship between you and participants as data donors. You will need a validated profile prior to requesting access to data collected through research apps.
Go to the settings area of your Synapse profile homepage (click your name/picture on upper banner of the screen, then select Settings to get there) and use the links in the Profile Validation box:
You will receive a notification email when your profile has been validated and a badge will appear on your Synapse profile homepage.
Acceptable forms of documentation, in English, are: