Q & A

Below you’ll find information you may need to know when planning your data management activities. If your question is not addressed below, please feel free to get in touch at support@arcticdata.io.

Q: What if I already have an ORCID identifier? What do I do after I create an ORCID identifier?

If you are a current account holder in ACADIS and have an ORCID identifier, or have just created one, you will be able to sign in to the NSF Arctic Data Center and submit data.  However, you will not be able to access data you previously archived with ACADIS until you complete an additional step.   Please email support@arcticdata.io and provide your ACADIS account name and your ORCID identifier.  We will make sure that the two accounts are matched and connected so that both former and future data are available to you when you log into the NSF Arctic Data Center.

 Q: What tools are available for submitting new datasets, or editing existing datasets?

  • A web-based form for submitting metadata and data;
  • Our R and Matlab client packages, which simplify upload from these common analytical tools;

For those that are technically inclined, our REST API can be used to automate upload of large or complex data sets using most modern programming languages.

Q: Who is responsible for the NSF Arctic Data Center?

The NSF Arctic Data Center is the result of a 5-year, $5.9 million award from the NSF to the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara, in partnership with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and DataONE. Information about the team and partners can be found at https://arcticdata.io/team/.

Q: I edited one of my datasets and I was given a new DOI. Why did this happen?

Any edits to datasets, which includes editing the metadata (dataset description) or adding/removing/modifying data files, will result in the assignment of a new DOI for the new version of the dataset. This practice is aligned with the Force 11 Data Citation Principles. While the new version will receive a new DOI, all DOIs for previous versions will continue to resolve to the dataset landing page for the specific version they are associated with. An informative note will appear at the top of the dataset landing page directing the user to the newest version:

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With this approach, any past uses of a DOI (such as in a publication) will continue to work and will reference the specific version of the dataset you cited while pointing users to a newer version if one exists.

Q: Will my former ACADIS account information work with the NSF Arctic Data Center?

No.  The NSF Arctic Data Center will require users to create an ORCID identifier.  ORCID identifiers enable researchers to cross link across different types of research products (data, publications, etc.) to create unique profiles showcasing their work.  Data are valuable research products and we believe researchers should get credit for publication of data sets.  By integrating ORCIDs with the NSF Arctic Data Center, researchers will be more able to showcase their work and receive credit.

Q: Why can’t I see the data I submitted through ACADIS?

Because ACADIS and the NSF Arctic Data Center have different sign in methods, we will need to map your accounts to one another. Please email support@arcticdata.io and provide your ACADIS account name and your ORCID identifier.  We will make sure that the two accounts are matched and connected so that both former and future data are available to you through the ORCID sign in process.

 Q: My dataset has a DOI assigned by ACADIS. Will it still work?

Yes. We took over maintenance of the DOIs assigned by ACADIS and are committed to making sure they work going forward.