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CruisePack is a data packaging and metadata gathering software tool NCEI developed to simplify data submission preparation for cruise-based data. CruisePack has a simple interface to control packager operation and metadata entry. Once the metadata entry is complete, data packaging is automatic.

CruisePack copies the data, generates machine-parseable JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) metadata records, and creates a checksum manifest file. And all of this information comes in a structured data package that conforms to the BagIt specification.

Consult Submitting Marine Geophysical Data to NCEI Guidance for additional information.

CruisePack data flow diagram
CruisePack and its predecessors have packaged more than 100TB of data since 2014.


Current version: CruisePack_v3.3.2 (Win OS 64-bit zip file). 
Checksum: a16a7e2e42056d6ea79af2be5340c2b9

Contact for source code and other OS options.

  1. Download and uncompress the zip file
  2. Open the CruisePack_vX.X.X directory
  3. Click on "CruisePack.exe" to launch
  4. Create an alias or shortcut to the executable for your desktop or other conveniently accessible location, if desired.

Note: Executable and all other files must remain in the CruisePack directory.

Contact or consult the following resources: