Fieldwork Data and Reporting Guidance


BACKGROUND

Why Contribute Data to the National Database?

A quick summary of why it is important to contribute to NOAA's National Database of Deep Sea Corals and Sponges

How to Contribute Data and Reports to the DSCRTP

This document gives step by step directions on how to submit data and reports to the Program.

An Introduction to NOAA’s National Database for Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges

An Introduction to NOAA’s National Database for Deep-Sea Corals and Sponge

PREPARING YOUR DATA

Read This First: Checklist and Timeline for Science Team Data Deliverables

Data Checklist: This document gives an overview of what should be delivered to DSCRTP and a general schedule

Data Submission Template for NOAA National Database of Deep-Sea Corals

MS Excel workbook template for submission of database records to the national database. It includes three worksheets - one for metadata, one for point data (e.g. collected specimens, images, observations), and one for line data (transects, dives, trawls). Once completed, submit to DSCRTP Data Program through deepseacoraldata@noaa.gov for QA/QC and ingestion into NOAA's National Database of Deep Sea Corals and Sponges.

Data Dictionary for the National Database

This MS excel file provides the definition of each of the fields / variables in the NOAA National Database of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges. It also provides a list of valid values for each variable. The 'Data Dictionary' file updates and supplants the database schema described in the appendix of Hourigan et al. (2015) "Introduction to NOAA’s National Database of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges". The Data Dictionary is the most up to date version of the variable definitions. It can be filtered and sorted by more fields, which brings enhanced functionality to the user.

Data Submission Survey

A quick survey used to collect information on the sampling expedition and the expected data and report products.

Site Characterization Outline

This document provides a general outline of the key elements to include in a Site Characterization

 USEFUL TOOLS AND TEMPLATES

MADBAT Photo Analysis Tool (Produced by NOAA/NCCOS)

MS-Access based still-image annotation tool to facilitate the production of DSCRTP compliant database records. For questions regarding the setup and use of the tool, please contact the lead developer, Ren Salgado at enrique.salgado@noaa.gov

 EXAMPLE REPORTS

Example Quick Look Report: Channel Islands

This document is an example of the 90 day post-cruise quick look report

Example Site Characterization #1: Piggy Bank

A characterization of the coral and sponge community on Piggy Bank seamount in Southern California from a survey using a remotely operated vehicle

Example Site Characterization #2: Gulf of Farallones

Characterization of deep-coral and sponge communities in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary: Rittenburg Bank, Cochrane Bank, and the Farallon Escarpment

Example 3-Year Final Report Outline #1 - Alaska

This is an example outline for the 3 year final report in Alaska.

Example 3-Year Final Report Outline #2 - West Coast

This is an example outline for the 3 year final report in the West Coast region.