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The CyVerse Data Commons Repository

The Data Commons Repository (DCR) is the ideal platform for ease of data reuse. It can store very large datasets, which are difficult to transfer, upload, and download across different computers and platforms. From the DCR, data is accessible to CyVerse's suite of large-scale computational analysis resources, so that users can seamlessly analyze, manage, and publish new results. Within the DCR, your data will be very secure and will have a permanent identifier (a DOI or ARK) for proper citation.

If you are interested in obtaining a permanent identifier for one or more datasets, please read the Identifier FAQ page and then answer the questions on Is the CyVerse Data Commons Repository right for my data?

How to request a DOI

  1. Review the Is the CyVerse Data Commons Repository right for my data? and Identifier FAQ page.
  2. Organize the dataset in the CyVerse Data Store, using one folder per DOI.
    1. The DCR data organization guidelines provide general information on data organization.
    2. The folder must be names according to the DCR folder naming guidelines.
    3. If you have a complex dataset that requires multiple nested DOIs, please contact the CyVerse DOI team at
  3. Attach the DataCite metadata template to the folder and complete all required fields (see Creating and Managing Metadata Templates). Additional metadata can be added under "User metadata".
  4. Submit a request for a DOI:

Be sure your dataset is complete before making this request. When you submit a DOI request, the data will be moved out of your home directory and into a staging area. You will no longer have write access to the data.

Moving can take up to several hours, so you must not edit the dataset or metadata after you submit the request.

    1. Check the box next to the folder for which you are requesting a DOI.
    2. Select Edit>Metadata>Request DOI
    3. Click on "I need a DOI"
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    5. At this point, your dataset and metadata will undergo CyVerse validation checks, and a CyVerse DCR curator will be notified of your request.
    6. If validations are passed, the curator will check your metadata for any errors and ensure that your dataset includes the necessary components and is well organized.
      1. If the curator determines that minor changes (e.g. typo corrections) are needed, they will make those changes themselves.
      2. If the curator determines that substantive changes are needed, they will contact you with required changes.
      3. If the curator determines that your dataset is not appropriate for the DCR, you will be notified.
  1. Once the curator determines that the dataset is complete and metadata are accurate, they will provide a DOI and you will be notified of the DOI and the location of its corresponding landing page.

How to request an ARK

(Coming Soon - will be similar to a DOI)

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