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Data ingested into the CEDA archive must be acompanied by metadata to allow searching. Fill in the form below to create a metadata file to add to your dataset.


  • The title should be understandable, brief and simple
  • Acronyms and abbreviations must be explained i.e. Full Name (ACRONYM)
  • The title should describe the data in question, NOT the project/activity which produced it
  • The title should be concise but as informative as possible, providing the reader with an indication of the content of the data and (where appropriate) its temporal and spatial coverage
  • You might consider a title that answers the “what, where, when” questions about the resource. For example: “Biogeochemical Ocean Flux Study (BOFS) North Atlantic Data Set (1989-1991)”


  • should describe the dataset in plain language for a non-expert user (first year undergraduate level)
  • first few sentences should summarise the contents of the resource
  • specialist terms should be explained in full
  • Acronyms and abbreviations must be explained i.e. Full Name (ACRONYM)
  • should describe the dataset in question, NOT the project/activity which produced it.

Some details of the activities which produced the resource may be pertinent, in which case they should be included. To help organise thinking, it is recommended that the author may like to use the following structure for the summary:

  1. What - A description of what has been recorded and what form the data takes.
  2. Where - A description of the spatial extent. This could include, gridded/scattered data; even/very variable coverage
  3. When - A description of the temporal coverage (e.g. the period over which data were collected)
  4. How - A brief description of methods and instrumentation used
  5. Why - For what purpose was the data collected?
  6. Who - The party/parties responsible for the collection and interpretation of data.
  7. Completeness - Are any data absent from the dataset? Explain which data are included or excluded and why.


A list of authors. Organisations can be specified using a lastname only.



Where is the data? Lat long bounding box.


Temporal range

Whats the time range that the data covers. YYYY-MM-DD.

Start date
End date


  • should describe how the data resource came into existence.
  • should describe the stages the resource has passed through before arriving at the data centre (to the best of the metadata authors knowledge).

Quality statment

Any quality standards that were used in the collection of this data.

Relevent online documentation sources

Any documentation.

Project description

The title should include an acronym if possible. This could include: what the project is about, project aims and objectives, why the research is important, when did the project start/end etc.
Catalogue URL - Is this project already recorded in the catalogue?
Project title Project description
PI firstname
Grant number


Instrument used to gather the data. If your data is collected via an instrument, please check the catalogue to see if there is already a record.
Catalogue URL - Is this instrument already recorded in the catalogue?
Instrument title Instrument description


If the data is the result of a computer model then description of model used. If you can find a record already in the catalogue then we can link your data to that.
Catalogue URL - Is this model or process already recorded in the catalogue?
Computation title Computation description