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Guidance on preparing to share your data
Open access data begins with a Data Management Plan (DMP). To prepare your DMP, think about all the steps in the data life cycle and your data needs at each step, such as: data types that will be gathered, file formats of those data, naming conventions, metadata formats, repositories that will be used for data sharing, and plans for long-term archive.
A dataset submitted to BCO-DMO needs to be of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings. A dataset usually consists of a file containing a single data table (example formats: csv, Excel, tsv) or a collection of files that contain the same type of data, like a collection of model output files in .netcdf format or a collection of coral quadrat photos.
Descriptive Metadata: Each dataset must be accompanied by information (metadata) providing sufficient context for peer review and reuse of the data. Therefore, each dataset at BCO-DMO has its own metadata page, which describes the "who/what/where/how" information about how the data were generated.