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Data Services: Publish Data

Library services related to research data management.

Best Practice

1. Confirm and certify there is no ITAR or Export-Controlled information in the data set

2. Determine the repository


2.1 JPL Open Repository (JOR)

JPL's Open Data Repository is in its Phase 1 release since September 2022.  It is designed to host data sets associated with publications, to be accessed by reviewers, researchers, and others from outside of JPL. Please follow the steps detailed in the Cosmos JPL Open Repository article to submit data.

2.2 AGU Pubications

As of late 2020, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) recommends its authors to deposit data sets related to publications in the following priorities:

  1. Subject domain specific repositories
  2. Institutional repository(ies)
  3. General repositories

Some of the AGU journals have specific guidance for data. Check the AGU Data for Authors pages for detail.

2.3 Other Repositories (2023)

The NASA Open Data Portal and CaltechDATA are the two equivalent repositories for JPL authors to deposit data sets associated with publications.

  • NASA Open Data Portal (NODP): for NASA funded work, this is the primary repository we recommend.
  • CaltechDATA:  Caltech Research Data Reposity, Caltech is more likely to accept the data if the lead author has a joint appointment there.


3. Submit the data


3.1 JPL Open Repository

Email to indicate your data set(s) is ready, and include the signed Certificate and the DOI Request form. No need to attach the data set yet. One of the library staff will contact you to determine the best way to get the data.

3.2 Other repositories

If you are submitting data sets to other repositories, you still need to have the data sets certified with the signed Certificate. Please email the Certificate to  Follow the instructions on your chosen repository for submitting data.

NASA Open Data Portal


Submit data sets to NASA Open Data Portal:

Please have answers to these questions ready:

1. Title: 

2. Description:

3. Row Label (Describe what each row in the data set represents, if applicable):

4. Category (select one): Aerospace, Applied Science, No category, Apps, Earth Science, Management/Operations, Raw Data, Software, Space Science

5. Any tags/keywords:

6. Data Provided by (Individual or Organization):

7. Contact Name:

8. Contact Email:

9. Private Contact (an email that won’t be exposed to the public, but will be used when users click the ‘Contact Dataset Owner’ button. Can be the same as 8.):

10. Homepage/source link (webpage that references or describes your data):

11. Publisher:

12. Bureau Code (if known):

13. Program Code (if known):


After the JPL Library reaches out to NASA Open Data Portal, there will be a facilitated email discussion to confirm any further specifications of your data set. NASA Open Data Portal may require you to fill out additional information about your data set in a standard form, to ensure its long-term usability and preservation.

Final Actions

After interacting with NASA Open Data Portal, your dataset will be posted! You can now share the URL handle with the publisher, so they can include it as a link for public access to your dataset.