Submitting Field Campaign Data and Metadata


The following instructions will assist you in submitting field campaign data and all the associated metadata needed for discovery in the ARM Data Archive, a public repository for climate data.

  1. Complete ARM Data Product Registration and Submission Tool form.
    • This is an inclusive form for all data products stored in the ARM Data Archive, including ARM field campaigns. Answer Yes to the question, Are these data associated with an ARM field campaign?.
    • Feel free to direct any questions about filling out the form to
    • Upload your data via the data product registration form, if the total volume is less than 4 GB. Otherwise continue to next step to upload your data via FTP.
  2. Email Alison Tilp for field campaign data or Kathy Lazar for principal investigator and evaluation data products to create your sub-directory with your name and the name of your instrument.
  3. Connect to the anonymous FTP site at the ARM External Data Center (XDC):
    • ftp
    • login anonymous
    • password <email address>.
  4. Move to the appropriate directory for the field campaign, for example:
    • cd /incoming/2012/mag/magic.
  5. Find your sub-directory:
    • ls
    • cd <pi-instrument>, for example bartholomew-pars.
  6. Upload your data to the site in a compressed archive format, for example zip or tar. This should include:
    • The data and associated metadata files.
    • Description of any data usage code provided.
    • A sample figure illustrating the data and a brief description (or code) used to generate the figure.
    • Any other documentation you may have, like white papers, refereed papers, etc., or any other relevant information as deemed appropriate.
  7. The XDC will deliver your data to the ARM Field Campaign Archive in the equivalent sub-directory and you will at that point be notified to review the information one last time.
  8. Additional notes:
    • Contact the ARM Data Archive if you need a private preliminary data area set up while the field campaign is in progress to share data and information.
    • ASCII text files should end in .txt or .asc and netCDF files in .cdf, so they will be recognized as such by the software that packages the files for delivery.
    • If processed files are available and raw data exist, raw data can be made available from the ARM Data Archive upon request, but will not be maintained online.