We seek two primary types of metadata (information about the data): Activity and File.
Activity metadata describe who, what, how, when, where, and why the data were collected/ analyzed and products created. Within 60 days of completion of a Deep-C funded activity, at minimum we request you send a list of the events and samples from the activity. The list should include the following:
- Collection sites (Lat/Lon coordinates or Deep-C site)
- Event completed at site (multicore, CTD, hand sample, grab, longline, etc.)
- Samples collected at site (sediment, seawater, plankton, tar, etc.)
- Date and time for each event/sample (UTC)
- Who was responsible for event/sample (e.g., Chief scientist or other scientist)
- To whom were samples/subsamples provided (scientist responsible for the data)
Additional metadata including maps of sampling locations, an abstract describing the purpose of the activity, and any documentation of the sampling methodology (e.g., cruise or field report) would be appreciated. Note that some activities (e.g., model runs) may not include specific sites, but instead cover a region and temporal range.
This metdata can be provided via the Deep-C cruise workbook or a suitable spreadsheet or text file. When completed, the metadata file can be submitted to email@example.com. File metadata can vary widely depending on the contents of the files being submitted to the center. At a minimum file metadata should include the following:
- A description of the contents of each file (or common group of files, e.g., all .tiff are images of sediment cores)
- A readme file describing each field in a data file or spreadsheet. This can also be accomplished using descriptive column headers or self describing file formats (e.g., netCDF). Each field should have a human readable name, units, and any other information that would be required for a scientist to "reuse" the data in the file.
Deep-C was a four-year, interdisciplinary study of deep sea to coast connectivity in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.Deep-C is no longer an active research project. The information on this website is for historical reference purposes only.