Submitting Data


Archiving and making your research data available to the public is required by NSF.


CCE LTER will begin collecting information about all individuals collecting data aboard CCE LTER funded research deployments. If you are going to collect data aboard a CCE LTER cruise, you will be required to provide contact information, describe the data you are collecting and detail your plans for making these data publicly available.


CCE LTER Information Management (IM) provides data archiving / publishing services for researchers and students that are fully or partially funded by the project. CCE LTER IM publishes data to a local catalog (Datazoo) and archives for long-term storage with the LTER Data System. Data submissions are documented and archived with metadata to support re-use by other researchers or the general public. Below are general guidelines for submitting data to the CCE LTER IM. For any questions about submitting data, please contact the CCE LTER Information Manager.


There are also other places to submit your data that are acceptable to NSF, such as BCO-DMO, NCEI and others. Many major universities and institutions are providing data management and archiving services for researchers. In some cases, your data may be more appropriately archived with these other systems, e.g. genetic data. The CCE LTER Information Manager can discuss and assist with these other options.


Ideally, preparation for submitting your data should begin before you collect or produce it. When you submit your data, you'll need to provide information about some general topics:


  • The general scientific objectives / hypotheses for which these data are needed
  • Methods and/or protocols used for collecting, sampling, analyzing or processing the data
  • Measurement definitions, descriptions and scientific units
  • The funding source(s)
  • Deployment information, e.g. cruise
  • The people directly involved in producing the data
  • The final format used to share these data


It's a lot easier to compile this information as you go than after you've finished your paper or project and are ready to move on to something else.


Submitting Data

When you're ready to submit your data to our system, you'll have to decide how you want it organized. Data are published as "datasets", which contain all the overarching scientific information about your data. Datasets then have one or more data tables, files or archived (zip, tar, etc.) file collections associated with them.


Determining which data files should go together to form a dataset should initially be done by the researcher and be based on how the data can best be presented for interpretation by another scientist. In general, the data should be organized by research objective or hypothesis. Core project time series datasets are generally organized into datasets with a single, well-defined table of measurements that gets updated regularly. If your data span multiple cruises/deployments but will not be a maintained long-term time series, you can still submit your data in this form, providing a "cruise" field for each data row, or by submitting a table for each cruise that will get uploaded as a single table to the data system.




You collected data aboard a CCE LTER process cruise

Metadata about the cruise will already be available to the CCE LTER Information Manager. To submit a dataset, provide a DM1 form for each datasets, and a TM1 or EM1 for each data table or data file/file archive.


You are submitting new data for an existing published dataset

If there are no changes to any metadata, you can just submit the latest data to be uploaded to the existing dataset. For any metadata changes associated with this data submission, please provide the relevant form above with only the changes elements completed. The Information Manager will contact you if clarification for metadata changes is required.


You collected data aboard a different project's cruise or deployment

For the cruise you participated in, please provide a CM1 form. And to submit a dataset, provide a DM1 form for each datasets, and a TM1 or EM1 for each data table or data file/file archive.


You produced new data results in a manner different than collection aboard a research cruise

To submit a dataset, provide a DM1 form for each datasets, and a TM1 or EM1 for each data table or data file/file archive. Please let the Information Manager know how these data were produced so that the relevant metadata can be included with the dataset.


Example Dataset Submissions

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