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Guidance for investigators submitting data from the GEOTRACES program to BCO-DMO
- 2.Fill in the template with your data. Do not alter the column headings / parameter names.
- 3.To submit the data files and metadata to BCO-DMO, you have two options:
Starting in December 2019, any GEOTRACES investigator intending to include their data in one of the GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Products (IDPs) must first register their data using the Data for Oceanic Research Portal (the "DOoR Portal"). The link to the DOoR portal is: https://geotraces-portal.sedoo.fr/pi/.
The DOoR portal will help you generate and submit the intercalibration documents required by the GEOTRACES Standards and Intercalibration Committee (S&I) and will also provide you with IDP-compliant data templates (Excel files). The DOoR data templates are important for consistency across datasets (as they make use of GEOTRACES naming conventions, recommended units, and data quality flags) and for tracking your data through the S&I and IDP processes. The data template files contain unique barcodes for every parameter that must not be changed.
Please refer to the following GEOTRACES materials for more information on DOoR:
The GEOTRACES Data Management Committee has announced e the planned release of the fourth Intermediate Data Product (IDP) in November 2025.
Deadlines for inclusion in next IDP are as follows:
15th May 2024 - First deadline for the submission of datasets using DOoR templates and completed intercalibration reports via DOoR to guarantee inclusion in IDP2025. After this date we cannot guarantee your data will be included.
15th of December 2024 - Final deadline for submission of datasets using DOoR templates and the complete intercalibration reports via DOoR.
Processing of data for inclusion in next IDP will prioritize those submitted before the May 15, 2024 deadline and then will prioritize section cruises over process studies over compliant data. Because of the very large number of datasets that are being submitted for IDP, we encourage timely submission ahead of the December 15, 2024 deadline wherever possible.
Datasets previously submitted to BCO-DMO that were not included in IDP2017 must be re-submitted using the DOoR template in order to have them included in IDP2021. This likely applies to any dataset submitted to BCO-DMO after December 1, 2016. Even though your data may already be at BCO-DMO, they must be revised using the DOoR data templates in order to be included in IDP2021. This process is likely to be as simple as copying/pasting your data from your existing BCO-DMO spreadsheets into the DOoR data templates, and we believe that each PI (or their designee) is best suited to do this in order to avoid copy/paste errors. We will then update your BCO-DMO dataset records and submit your data for archive and inclusion in IDP2021.
Deadlines for inclusion in IDP2021: The first deadline for the submission of datasets to guarantee inclusion in IDP2021 is the 15th of May 2020. After this date, we will not guarantee data will be included in IDP2021.
The final deadline for submission of datasets is the 15th of December 2020. After that date, data will not be included IDP2021. Any dataset submitted between 15 May and 15 December will be included in the IDP if time allows.