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Data Submission Package contents

  • Data set(s)*
  • Metadata
  • Additional files that should be archived with the data if applicable (e.g. maps, research notes, study plans)
  • Associated publication(s) or a link to them if available online
  • Data submission form

*Researchers can submit only metadata and associated publication(s) if data are already available in an external archive.

How to Submit Data Package

  1. Contact a member of the archive team, who will help determine the best way to submit your data package to the Archive.

  2. The archive team will review the data set(s) and metadata for content and conformance to the metadata standard. If errors are found or other suggestions arise during the course of the review, the team will work with you to resolve these issues. Data are put into an archival format as part of this process.

  3. Once the archive team review is complete and any concerns from the team or the researcher are addressed, the releasable data publication is assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) and added to the Forest Service Research Data Archive catalog. You will be notified of the DOI once it has been assigned, so that you can include links to your data publication on websites and properly cite the data publication in articles.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the archive team.

How To Prepare Files


There is no cost to submit data to the archive if you are a researcher from Forest Service Research and Development (FS R&D), Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), or the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI). Contact the archive team if you are affiliated with another organization and are interested in submitting data to our archive.