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About 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 Permanent Identifier FAQs and then answer the questions on the page, Is the CyVerse Data Commons Repository right for my data?

Your public dataset is the representation of your research. The DCR wants to help you publish complete and well documented datasets by providing tools, guidelines, and permanent identifiers so that your research is showcased in a clear and thorough fashion, allowing others to learn about your project and reuse it. However, you are responsible for the contents and presentation of your dataset.

Requesting a DOI

Step 1: Review the related pages:

Step 2: Organize the dataset in the CyVerse Data Store.

Step 3: Submit the 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. If necessary, log in to the DE, open the Data window, and find the folder for which you are requesting a DOI.
  2. In the Data list, click the checkbox next to the folder.

  3. Select Edit > Metadata > Request DOI.

  4. After verifying you have read the manual, click I need DOI. You will receive a verification email that your request has been received and a notification will be listed in the Notifications list.

  1. Create the folder for the request (one folder per request):


    If you just have one file for the request, put it into a folder.

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Step 4: Wait for CyVerse validation checks.

After submitting your request, a CyVerse DCR curator begins validating your dataset, metadata, and overall configuration of your dataset. Validations are based solely on the required DOI metadata and folder-naming conventions, as well as its potential utility to the CyVerse and larger scientific community—not the quality of your data.

  • If the curator determines that the dataset is adequately organized and the DataCite metadata are accurate, they will provide a DOI, and you will be notified of the DOI and the location of its corresponding landing page in the Community Data > data_commons > curated folder in the DE.
  • If the curator determines that minor changes are needed, they may make those changes themselves.
  • If the curator determines that substantive changes are needed, they will contact you with required changes.
  • If the curator determines that your dataset is not appropriate for the DCR, you will be notified.

To check the status of your request, click (Notifications) at the top right of the DE screen. For more information on using notifications in the DE, see Viewing and Deleting Notifications.

Requesting an ARK

(Coming Soon — will be similar to a DOI.)

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