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Before proceeding, determine whether your data is suitable for inclusion on the Ag Data Commons.

  1. Was the research behind your data all or partially funded by the USDA?

    a. If YES, continue.

    b. If NO, your data is unsuitable for the ADC at this time. As the ADC grows, we may consider expanding to include data with other sources of funding.

  2. Is your data able to be freely distributed and re-used by others?

    a. If YES, continue.

    b. If NO, your data is unsuitable for the ADC at this time. We host and support open data to facilitate sharing and reuse.

    c. If you are unsure, please see the section on determining licenses on the Description of fields on the "Edit Dataset" page.

  3. The Ag Data Commons requires inclusion of the full and complete data cited in papers or used to create any charts, graphs, tables, and so on. Do you have the ability to publish the full, complete data, or link to the complete data if it is published elsewhere?

    a. If YES, continue.

    b. If NO, your data is unsuitable for the ADC at the time. We gladly accept supplementary materials resulting from the data (i.e. tables, charts, figures), but in order to comply with the ADC mission, we also need access to the full original data that the figures were derived from.

    c. If NO, but data will be available in the future: If you would like to create a public record as a placeholder before the data is made publicly available, the ADC does allow an embargo to be placed on a data resource for up to 3 years if it is not immediately available to be viewed publicly. See “Scheduling Options” on the Description of fields on “Add Data" page” for more information.