Data Management

Data emerging from OCB-relevant research projects will be managed by the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). The BCO-DMO was created to serve PIs funded by the NSF Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections as a location where marine biogeochemical and ecological data and information developed in the course of scientific research can easily be disseminated, protected, and stored on short and intermediate time frames. The main objective of the BCO-DMO is to support the scientific community through improved accessibility to ocean science data.

The BCO-DMO will manage existing and new data sets from individual scientific investigators and collaborative groups of investigators, and will continue to make these available via any standard web browser. The JGOFS/GLOBEC distributed, object-oriented, relational data management system software will be used to serve data and information to research investigators as well as the larger community. To access or submit data, please visit the BCO-DMO data page.

A series of 'milepost' documents providing guidance to OCB scientists who are uncertain where to submit or propose to submit their data is being drafted:

Biogeochemical Data Submission Guidance

This is meant to provide guidance to OCB scientists who are uncertain about where to submit their NSF OCE- and/or NASA Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry-funded data. This document does not alter, in any way, the Data Policies of the NSF OCE and NASA OB&B data management offices described herein.

Given the nascent state of database interoperability, funding agencies have an understandable interest in being the digital-original holders of data collected with their funds. That being the case, investigators must submit their data to the data center indicated by their program manager or their award letter. Internet links and/or references to their data by other data centers are encouraged. Arrangements with the program manager must be made by the principal investigator if data submission is to deviate from the destinations outlined here.

Biogeochemical field data that were or are to be supported by funding from NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry program are to be submitted to SeaBASS. The SeaBASS data manager works with investigators to ensure data quality and metadata completeness. SeaBASS acts as the permanent archive for OB&B funded field data.

Investigators collecting biogeochemical and ecological data under the auspices of NSF Division of Ocean Sciences Chemical or Biological Oceanography programs are encouraged to work with the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). The BCO-DMO works with investigators to ensure data quality and metadata completeness. Once final, all NSF ocean data are to be submitted to the appropriate national data archive center for archiving (e.g., NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, NCEI).