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Data acquired with NDSF vehicles are valuable digital resources that enable scientific exploration by not only cruise participants but to a diverse community of scientists and educators. Recognizing the importance of these resources, NDSF is re-envisioning its data management practices to establish a modern, scalable, and sustainable data infrastructure that meets the needs of at-sea vehicle operations teams and sea-going scientists as well as shore-side data managers and the broader community.

The initial goals of this work are to review current data management practices to identify challenges and opportunities and to contribute to the development of an NDSF-wide vision and technical solution that will yield efficiencies while meeting the needs of stakeholders. Once optimizations related to new data acquisition, attention will be turned toward improving access to historic data holdings.

To formulate this new vision and make tangible steps toward a new framework for NDSF Data Management, a Data Group has been established within the facility. Led by NDSF Associate Director for Data System Strategy Vicki Ferrini (LDEO/MGDS) and NDSF Associate Director for Data and Science Ops Tina Haskins, this group includes software engineers and sea-going data personnel as well as shoreside data management and geoinformatics specialists. Community input will be solicited at various stages during this process, and progress will be reported in NDSF newsletters and during DESSC meetings. Questions and comments can be directed to NDSF Information (

NDSF Vehicle Data

Vehicle program-specific data, initially collated by each vehicle program, can be found by clicking on the below icons.

(Note: This data is undergoing metadata quality assessment.)

NDSF All Platforms Dive MetaData

NDSF Dive Data Project is an ongoing effort to make dive data and metadata more discoverable across dive efforts. Dive related metadata for all vehicles will continue to be updated as legacy dive metadata is assessed, and as future dives are made. Click below to access the NDSF Dive Metadata folder.

In order to view the map generated by the kml file provided above, you will need to have Google Earth installed on your computer. When launched in Google Earth, this map shows the locations and dive details for all dives completed by NDSF vehicles Alvin, Jason 2 and Sentry. For each dive point in the map, refer to the "metadata quality rating" field for information about the state of the quality assessment for any given dive.

[Copyright: Every image created from Google Earth using satellite data provided by Google Earth is a copyrighted map. Any derivative from Google Earth is made from copyrighted data which, under United States Copyright Law, may not be used except under the licenses Google provides. Google allows non-commercial personal use of the images (e.g. on a personal website or blog) as long as copyrights and attributions are preserved.[16] By contrast, images created with NASA's globe software World Wind use The Blue MarbleLandsat, or USGS imagery, each of which is in the public domain.]
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NDSF Data Archives

NDSF Bibliography

The NDSF Bibliography provides an inventory of publications related to the expeditions of the various NDSF vehicles, both current and past. The bibliography contains items published since 1962, including journal articles, books, book sections and electronic resources. The NDSF Bibliography has been maintained by WHOI Data Library and Archives.

Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA)

IEDA systems serve as primary community data collections for global geochemistry and marine geoscience research and support the preservation, discovery, retrieval, and analysis of a wide range of observational field and analytical data types. Web services developed in a partnership between IEDA and NDSF help to make metadata and data more broadly accessible. IEDA includes the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).