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Data Services: Publish Data

Library services related to research data management.

Best Practice

1. Clear with URS

Log on to the URS system, and follow the submission process. Ideally, you will submit your paper along with the dataset as a single submission in URS, attaching multiple files to one submission. If you need to clear a dataset after you have already received clearance for a paper, contact the URS team and they will append your dataset to the existing URS record for your paper.

2. Determine the repository

Email to indicate you need to submit a data set to an open repository, include the URS clearance Number, but no need to attach the data set yet. One of the library staff will contact you to determine the best repository.

  • 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.
  • Other discipline specific data repositories: need further discussion

3. Submit the data

Data repositories usually requires whoever submit the data to have an account first; JPL Library staff are equipped to submit on behalf of others with both the NASA Open Data Portal and CaltechData. If the authors decide to have library staff submit for them, either email or send via Large File Transfer (LFT) the corresponding staff.

There are usually further emails with staff at the respective data repositories for clarifications. Please be patient, there will be an URL for your data set at the end of the process.

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.