Submitting data to BODC

Biological data submission

BODC aims to ensure that all data incorporated into our database are adequately documented to allow long term viability and future access. Therefore, key data set information (metadata) are important for each data set we receive.

Our 'General guide to data submission' provides details of

In the context of this guide, phytoplankton, zooplankton or bacteria sampling may be achieved using either a vertical, horizontal or oblique tow of a net, or from a rosette bottle system.

Information specific to biological data are described below. Metadata may be supplied in any standard document format (i.e. Microsoft Word or text), included in file headers or by providing a literature reference. Please do not be discouraged from sending us data even if some of the information is unavailable. We fully understand that there are many reasons why the standards specified may not be completely achieved.

A net tow log sheet Download a Mircosoft Word version of a net tow log sheet (107 KB), Download an Adobe PDF version of a net tow log sheet (87 KB)

Instructions for other data types are also available.

Data standard

Ideally, the data set should consist of a header and the data in one or more files. Each record should consist of date, time, navigation, measured parameters and computed values. If computed values are included, the equations used in the computations should be stated.

All relevant calibrations (laboratory and field) should be applied to the data. It should be checked for quality and pre-edited or flagged for erroneous values. Sample data collected for calibration purposes should also be provided.

Metadata specific to biological data

Collection details

Equipment details

Analysis, experiments and data processing


Related BODC pages

Submitting data to BODC      Project data management
General guide for data submission      BODC data processing