IEDA: Marine Geoscience Data System
MGDS NSF

Data Submission Guidelines

To enable integration into the data system and to provide attribution to contributing scientists, we request basic metadata for all data files. For some self-documenting file formats (e.g. .xls, .txt, .grd, .shp), you can use our online data submission tool which extracts geospatial metadata from the files, and requires that you input minimal data set metadata. Our downloadable Metadata Forms are spreadsheets that provide templates you can use for assembling metadata for file formats not currently supported by the submission tool. Basic metadata include:

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Accepted Data Types

MGDS primarily handles data from the seafloor and subsurface environment including bathymetry data, side-scan sonar, imagery, maps, seismic reflection, trackline and gridded compilations of geophysical data, earthquake catalogs, seismic tomography models and other derived data products. For more information about data types, see our listing of data types currently available in our data system. If you would like to contribute related data types not currently contained within our system, please contact us.

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Accepted File Types

MGDS can accomodate a variety of file types, many of which are self-describing. Please provide units where appropriate. The full list of currently accepted file format types currently handled by MGDS with descriptions of each can be viewed for additional information. If you wish to contribute a file type that is not listed, please contact us.

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MGDS Metadata Forms

Packets of standardized electronic forms (spreadsheets) can be downloaded from this page to facilitate data reporting and submission. These forms can be used as templates that are filled in, or as guidelines to producing metadata files in text format.

Marine Forms

The latest version of the marine metadata forms can be downloaded as a single Excel workbook:

Form Download

Instructions and examples are included in the forms package.

Contents and Description of Marine Packet

The Excel workbook, downloadable by clicking the link on the left, contains a comprehensive set of metadata forms (worksheets) for documenting field programs. Individual worksheets are provided for documenting basic cruise information, submersible and towed vehicle operations and files generated by all types of oceanographic sensors. Information for registering and cataloging samples using SESAR (System for Earth Sample Registration) is also provided.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these forms.

Land-based Forms

The latest version of the land-based metadata forms can be downloaded as a single Excel workbook:

Form Download

Instructions and examples are included in the forms package.

Contents and Description of Land-based Packet

The Excel workbook, downloadable by clicking the link on the left, contains a comprehensive set of metadata forms (worksheets) for documenting field programs. Individual worksheets are provided for documenting basic information for on-land fieldwork and files generated by all types of sensors. Information for registering and cataloging samples using SESAR - the System for Earth Sample Registration - is also given.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these forms.

MediaBank Form

The latest version of the MediaBank metadata form can be downloaded as a spreadsheet:

Form Download

MediaBank Information

The Marine Geoscience Data System MediaBank is an online repository of high quality images, illustrations, animations and videos. The contents of MediaBank are intended for both education and outreach and for use within the scientific community.

Contribute media