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ROSA P

A guide to navigation and search in the National Transportation Library's digital repository

How to Submit Datasets

Submitting Data

  • All datasets submitted must conform to the National Transportation Library's Collection Development Policy: https://ntl.bts.gov/policies/collection-development
  • If, after reading the Collection Development Policy, you would like to submit a dataset, please email NTLDataCurator@dot.gov so that we can discuss your submission.
    • In your email, please describe:
      • the dataset; 
      • its size; 
      • the number of files; 
      • any naming conventions;
      • the file types;
      • the original research project or report for which the data was gathered, or include a link to the report if possible;
      • the reason you believe the dataset should be included in ROSA P; and,
      • your complete contact information, including phone number.

Dataset File Types

Dataset Size

  • Datasets can be of any size and there is no limit on the number of files. However, if you are submitting a larger datasets (more than 20 MB), please request that NTL set up a secure large file transfer for you in your email.

 

Dataset Persistance

 

Data Package

In order to maximize data findability and reuse, all datasets submitted for inclusion in ROSA P should be as robustly described as possible. Our preferences is for a complete Data Package, which contains the following elements:

  • The Dataset;
  • The original Report for which the data was collected (either in PDF or a link to its current web location);
  • A human-readable Readme.txt file which includes:
    • data dictionary;
    • Notes on standards used;
    • Defines the meaning of zeroes, nulls, and blank fields;
  • A machine-readable Metadata file (.xml or .json) in a published standard;
  • A human-readable Data Management Plan, as described at "Creating Data Managment Plans (DMPs)" https://ntl.bts.gov/public-access/creating-data-management-plans
  • Any supporting files, tables, etc.; and,
  • Codes or scripts used in data analysis.

If you are unfamiliar with documenting dataset, please contact the NTL staff at NTLDataCurator@dot.gov so that we can help. NTL does have templates of the Data Package items to help you along.

Thank you.

 

Digital Curation