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User Manual


Thank you for joining the global oncology map community! On, you will not only be able to search for people, projects, and events in a specific country or as related to a specific cancer type, but also share cancer-related projects and events with the global oncology community, connect with people with similar interests, and even view epidemiological heat maps that show cancer burden by country.


In order to access all of The GO Map’s tools, you will first need to create a user account. Below are specific instructions on how to create a user account as well as guidelines on how to use the map’s various tools. If you have any questions about the instructions or have additional inquiries about The GO Map, please contact our team at We are here to help.


How to create a user account

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  1. Go to and click on the “Log in” button on the upper right hand corner.

  2. At the bottom of the Login page, select the Sign up option to open that window, as shown.

  3. Enter your email address, create a password, and submit.

  4. You will receive a confirmation email with a link. Click on the link to complete your registration.


How to submit a project

By sharing projects on the Global Oncology (GO) Map website, you are helping create a valuable tool for the global oncology community.



Save time by checking if your project is already on The GO MAP. The projects came from a variety of sources. Before submitting a new project, please search The GO Map to confirm it is not already included.


Great! Please create a user account, login to your account, go to the project page and click “This is me.” An administrator will help associate you with your project(s).


Please follow the instructions in this manual to submit your project(s) for inclusion on The GO Map


Preparing Your Information

Projects are submitted to The GO Map  through an online form. Below is a list of the project details needed to complete the form.



  • Fields marked with (*) are required.

  • If you do not have all the required information, contact an administrator at for assistance. We want to help include your projects.

  • If your project includes an Organization, Project Lead, Funding Source, or Collaborator name that is already on the GO Map website, you will be able to select it from a list of autocomplete options when you enter it in the online form. If not, you will be able to enter a new one

  • You will be able to update your projects after they are submitted.



Title* - simple description of the project in 255 characters or less

Description* - an abstract or brief description of the project

Start Date and End date*- If there are no formal start and end dates, please approximate

Project Website - a web address for the project

Funding Source - Foundations, government agencies, institutes, or other entities that provide significant financial support to the project.

Project Type(s)* - The online form will have the following list of options. Make a note of all that apply so you can select them on the form.

Cancer detection

Cancer prevention

Cancer screening

Cancer surveillance, cancer registries

Cancer treatment

Capacity building

Palliative care

Research, basic

Research, clinical

Research, population-based


Cancer Type(s)* - The online form will have the following list of options. Make a note of all that apply so you can select them on the form.

All cancers but non-melanoma skin cancer


Brain, nervous system


Cervix uteri


Corpus uteri


Hodgkin lymphoma

Kaposi sarcoma

Kidney, renal pelvis and ureter



Lip, oral cavity

Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts

Melanoma of skin

Multiple myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Non-Melanoma skin cancer


Other pharynx









Trachea, bronchus and lung

Specialities - A special grouping of projects

Hematology and hematologic malignancies


Palliative Care

Radiation Oncology

Surgery / Surgical oncology

Pediatric Oncology or Childhood cancer

Investigator: Project Lead* - The person with primary responsibility for the project. This should be the named Principal Investigator on a grant-funded project. For other projects, it is a Program Director, Project Manager, or other leader. You will also be able to provide an optional position title and website.

Investigator: Collaborators* - All additional individuals who play a leading role at a collaborating site and their affiliated organizations. You will also be able to provide an optional position title and website.

Email address(es)* - An email address for the Project Lead is required. It is preferred to have an email address for all collaborators, though they are optional.

Organization* - Name of the institution affiliated with the project investigator

Organization Type* - The online form will have the following list of options:








Address* - This is automatically generated if the organization is already in the system.




Title   Raising Global Collaboration in Cancer Research and Cancer Control

Funding Source  Global Oncology, Inc.


The Global Oncology Map aims to: 1) Facilitate the breaking down of silos and building of collaboration, 2) Accelerate the progress, ensure a balanced investment of resources, and align global cancer care and control efforts, and 3) Provide resources to view and better understand international efforts in cancer research and control.

Cancer Type     Lung, Breast, and Prostate

Start Date         5/1/2015

End Date          5/1/2016  

Project Lead Name and Email Address

John Smith,

Project Lead Organization

Global Oncology, Inc.

415 Main street. Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

(Latitude: 42.37, Longitude: -71.06)

Type: Nonprofit, Other info:

Collaborators and their Organizations

Jossie Xiu,

Global Oncology, Inc.

415 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA (Latitude: 42.37, Longitude: -71.06)

Type: Nonprofit,  Website (optional):

Don Park,

Nairobi Hospital

12 Karen Road Nairobi, Kenya (Lat: -1.346654, Long: 36.714204)

Type: Nonprofit


Submitting your project



  • You must accept the following User Acknowledgement terms at the bottom of the form to submit projects:

“Submitted information will be verified by the Map team to ensure data quality, and may be standardized and/or formatted for consistency before it is published. Checking this box acknowledges that you agree to share this information for public display on the GO Map.”

  • If there are changes to a project, you can return to the form and update it.



  1. If you haven’t already, please create your account.

  2. Go to the Login page, and enter your email address and password to access your account.

  3. Once you login, you should see an icon for uploading your projects just below the “Join the network” header, as shown.

  4. Click on the icon and fill in the appropriate details as described below.


  1. Enter the Project Title (255 character limit)  

  2. Enter a project Description by typing it in or copying and pasting it from another source. This may be an abstract, executive summary, or other few paragraphs describing the design and goals.

  3. Enter the Start Date and End Date by selecting them from the calendar provided, as shown.

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  1. Enter the relevant Project Type(s),  Cancer Type(s), and Specialties by selecting them from the drop down menu, as shown. You can select more than one option for both fields.

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  1. Enter the first Funding Source and a list of similar options will appear in a drop down list, as shown. If you see the funder you are entering, click to select it and automatically fill in related fields. You can select more than one option. If the funder you are entering is not on the list, continue filling in the complete name. Click on “Add New”, address fields will appear, as shown, to be filled in manually. Repeat this process to add additional funders.


  1. Next, enter the names of the people associated with the project. Begin typing a name in the Investigator field, and a list of similar options will appear in a drop down list, as shown. If you see the person’s name you are entering, select it and automatically fill in related fields.Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 4.07.09 PM.png


If the name you are entering is not on the list, click “Add New” and you’ll be directed to fill the needed fields. If it's your name, make sure you fill out the necessary fields and click on the "Is that you?" checkbox. If the person is a Project Lead, indicate that by clicking the round Lead button, as shown.

  1. Begin typing the person’s affiliated Organization Name and a list of options will appear in a drop down list, as in Step 5. If you see the Organization you want, select it and automatically fill in related fields.   

If the organization is not on the list, click "Add New" and a new window will appear. Fill out the necessary information, including the Name and Address of the organization. Search for the city or address on the mini-map to obtain accurate latitude/longitude coordinates. When finished, click on the "Apply" button.

  1. Repeat steps 6-7 until all collaborating Investigators are entered. If you do not know the names of all of the collaborators, submit the project with the information you have available. When you get the name(s) for additional collaborators, or if collaborators change, return to the form to edit it as needed.

  1. Read the User Acknowledgement and click the box if you agree to its terms. You must accept the terms to proceed and submit your project. Then click Submit.

  1. To enter another project, repeat steps 1-10.




After you submit your project, you will receive an email from our team confirming that your project has been added to the map. Once your project has been added, you can edit/update your project at any time. Simply login to your account and click on the face icon (or your photo if you already uploaded one) on the top right corner of the page, as shown below. Click on Projects, which will bring you to a page where all your projects are listed. Click on your project and select Edit to open the form for editing.


How to submit an event

In contrast to projects, which refer to any long-term cancer-related activity involving collaboration, events are generally much more short-term, usually lasting anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. Some examples of events include conferences, workshops, webinars, and other types of meetings.


As with projects, you will need to log into your account prior to submitting an event. On the homepage, click on the calendar icon labeled “Submit your events” above the map.



  1. Enter the Event title (255 character limit) .

  2. Enter a short Description that explains the purpose of the event.

  3. Enter the Start Date and End Date by selecting them from the calendar

  4. Indicate whether the event is private.

  5. Indicate whether the event can be accessed online.

  6. If available, enter the website for the event.

  7. Enter the key participants of the event.

  8. Enter the location of the event. The country and city information are required.

  9. After reviewing the information for accuracy, click submit.

  10. If any update need to be made to your event details, click on your profile to access all of your events and edit the details as necessary.


How to search for events and projects

One of the main objectives of the GO map is to facilitate partnership and collaboration by displaying international projects and events related to cancer research, care, and outreach in a searchable format.



You can access the search function by clicking on the magnifying glass on the top or bottom right corner of the page. Click on the dropdown menu to search by Project, Investigator, Organization, Cancer Type, Event, User, or All Sections. Then click on “Search for…” and enter the text/name you would like to search for.





The Filter button can be found on the bottom right corner of the map. The Filter function allows you to search for projects by region, country, organization types, cancer types, organizations, project types, funding sources, and/or start and end dates. In contrast to the Search function that allows you to search for a user or organization, the Filter function only outputs Projects.


How to write a post

Writing a post allows you to spread the word about any new and exciting cancer-related opportunities to the rest of the Global Oncology Map community. Follow the steps below to submit a project.

  1. Log into your account.

  2. Click on the pencil icon labeled “Write a post”, as shown.

  3. Enter the title of your post.

  4. In the textbox shown below, copy and paste or type the content of your post.

  5. Indicate whether your post is associated with specific countries, projects already on the map, organizations, cancer types, and/or specialties.

  6. Click submit to share your post.


How to use map layers


In addition to allowing users to search for and locate projects, the GO map also provides a visual overview of public health and cancer-related statistics around the world through the different Layers. The Layers button can be found on top right corner of the map as shown.


There are  different types of layers available, each with a different color scheme (examples: Disability-Adjusted Life Year, Human Development Index, Mortality, Incidence, and Prevalence). Layers can be grouped into a set, like the Disability-Adjusted Life Year, which has a submenu that allows you to filter by different cancer types. To turn a layer on or off, simply click on the desired layer. Please note that only one layer can be displayed at a time. Only one layer can be displayed at a time.


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