The PopMedNet request cycle refers to any exchange of queries, their results, files, and programs in the PopMedNet system. The request cycle can be customized to send a request to a single endpoint or many. PopMedNet also has various auditing and data reviewing (e.g. data checking) capabilities that can be used to build additional workflow around the basic request cycle.
The investigator submits the request to their desired destination(s) (referred to as DataMarts within PopMedNet). It is transferred securely to each DataMart, and each respective DataMart administrator can be notified upon the request's arrival.
Each site can review the request and its results internally. A request can ultimately be approved with its results sent back to the web portal, rejected with no results sent back to the web portal, or put on hold to be reviewed at a later date.
Upon approval, results are sent back to the web portal manually by the DataMart administrator in the DataMart Client. This can be accompanied by a written message from the administrator with any important information about the results (e.g. errors encountered or data anomalies).
Conditions every request type follows in the request cycle:
Requests always start and end at a network's web portal/Querytool (eg. Sentinel). This includes when querying your own data using PopMedNet.
Responding to a request always requires the use of the DataMart Client. Once a request has been responded to by a given user, they can always review it and its results on the web portal as well as re-run and/or re-download a query or file from the DataMart Client.