NOAA permanently archives contributions to the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology (WDS-Paleo).
Data contributions consist of:
- One or more data tables including a chronology table (if applicable)
- Raw data and reconstructions
Reasons to Contribute
- Satisfy obligations to publishers and funding agencies
- Make data freely and permanently available without restrictions
- Allow colleagues and the general public to discover and use your data
- Potential increase in citation rate of your associated articles
Step 1: Review instructions and prepare dataset
Please follow instructions specific to your contribution type: International Tree Ring Data Bank (ITRDB), International Multiproxy Paleofire Database (IMPD), or all other contributions. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information, and contact email@example.com with specific questions on dataset scope, size, format, or other issues.
If you are compiling data generated by other researchers or reusing datasets to make a climate reconstruction, refer to instructions for synthesis projects. For data compilations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org early in your data gathering process to discuss dataset formats and additional metadata needed to track dataset provenance.
Step 2: Submit contribution
Send completed contribution templates as email attachments to email@example.com. In your email, indicate whether the dataset may become public following WDS-Paleo review or else be held offline until your research has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your contribution within three business days, please phone +1 828-271-4800.
Step 3: Review and revise contribution
WDS-Paleo data managers will review your submission and request any clarification or revisions needed to meet contribution requirements. Data managers then upload data files to the WDS-Paleo public server. You will receive a URL link to your data when they are online. Please review your contribution and contact us with any corrections or additions.
Step 4: Receive a dataset DOI
WDS-Paleo mints DOIs for new datasets, generally within one to two weeks after the dataset becomes public, and adds the DOIs to data files and study landing pages.
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