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Data types and templates

We host a wide array of biological data sets. Here are some examples and templates for a data submission:

Field observations/biodiversity: Template

Field experiments: Template

Laboratory experiments: Template

Molecular biology with links to accession numbers:

Metadata and Data

Metadata – Events table:

  • Event label, unique identifier of sampling time and location
  • Campaign, e.g. ship cruise ID
  • Device or method used to collect a sample or (experimental) organism
  • Date and time in ISO-format (e.g. 1954-04-07T13:34:11) as coordinated universal time (UTC)
  • Latitude and longitude in decimal degrees (S and W are negative)
  • Elevation (or bottom depth, negative below sea level)
  • Data from laboratory experiments may be accepted without a definition of events, if exact collection sites are unknown.

Metadata – Parameter table:

  • Parameter name of the measured or determined characteristic, given in full, not as an abbreviation
  • Unit, SI units are preferred
  • Principal investigator, i.e. the person responsible for the collected data - can be different for each parameter
  • Method or device used to collect the data

Data table:

  • Event label (always in first column), date/time and latitude/longitude must correspond to the entries in the events table
  • One (1) parameter per column, use separate columns e.g. for calculated means and standard deviations, and e.g. minimum and maximum depth. Ranges of numerical values in one column are not accepted.
  • The column header contains the full parameter name and the unit in squared brackets
  • If data are missing, leave the cell empty (NOT „NA“ or „-“ etc.)
  • Abbreviations should be avoided or need to be explained
  • Spell-check all taxonomic terms, e.g. by using the taxon match tools by WoRMS or LifeWatch.