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April 11, 2022

Datasets in Ag Data Commons have now been cited over 600 times since 2017 and new citations are recorded weekly. Ag Data Commons helps scientists increase the impact of their research by making their data findable and easily citable. Data citations give credit to data producers and make science more transparent and reproducible.

Visit our up to date Zotero library to see how Ag Data Commons data is being re-used in scholarly literature. Watch our "Submitting Data to the Ag Data Commons” webinar to learn how to deposit your USDA supported data into the Ag Data Commons.

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October 15, 2021

To comply with federal mandates, two-factor authentication (2FA) is now required to log into the Ag Data Commons.

2FA adds an extra layer of protection to keep your information secure. Each time you log into the Ag Data Commons with your username and password, you will be prompted to enter a code generated by the Google Authenticator app. If you do not have a smartphone, you can use a windows/palm os/java phone client.

If you have not already set up 2FA for your account, you will be prompted to do so the next time you log in to the Ag Data Commons. A short video walking you through the process is available on YouTube. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at NAL-ADC-Curator@usda.gov.

July 14, 2020

UPDATE: This event has passed, but you can view the webinar recording on the NAL YouTube channel!

Join us for our next webinar and learn the basics of submitting data to the Ag Data Commons. After a brief introduction and review, we will provide a live demo of the data submission process. We will answer questions during the last portion of the hour.

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2PM Eastern Time, the Ag Data Commons team will offer “Submitting Data to the Ag Data Commons”. Space for this event is limited, so please register in advance.

Federal Register
January 29, 2020

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies. Responses are due by 6 March 2020 -- visit RFC link below:

Ag Data Commons Submission Quick Start workflow diagram
December 4, 2019

Ag Data Commons has added a Quick Start summary to provide contributors with a brief overview of the data submission process. The diagram serves as an introduction to the full, step-by-step Data Submission Manual. If a dataset DOI is required, it is necessary to save the data files with Ag Data Commons.

Ag Data Commons - Relaunch
August 5, 2019

The National Agricultural Library’s Ag Data Commons has deployed updates to our look, feel, and function. And the BETA tag is gone!

Submit data* to the Ag Data Commons to meet FAIR data requirements of journals when you submit manuscripts, or public access requirements of funders such as NIFA.

Updates include:

  • New home page design and custom theme
  • Improved support for dataset collections
  • Added new 'Agricultural Economics' category
  • Added 'Software & Tools' tab
  • Improved citation of scholarly publications
  • Re-engineered field collections to support DKAN Paragraphs
  • Added ability to filter by Resources in addition to Datasets, with counts of each content type displayed

Watch for new webinars and training opportunities covering these changes. We welcome your comments and questions at: https://www.nal.usda.gov/ask-question.

*Or pointers to your data or software

Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar
April 25, 2019

Open Data and the Ag Data Commons Webinar

In this webinar, National Agricultural Library (NAL) representatives Erin Antognoli and Cyndy Parr describe NAL’s data repository, Ag Data Commons, its purpose and how to use it. They also provide guidance on data dictionaries and data management planning. View the recorded webinar on YouTube and find the presentation on SlideShare.

Dr. Anne Mims Adrian, PUSH Open Data Project Manager, Auburn University, hosted the webinar on behalf of Auburn University.

Ag Data Commons entered in key FAIR data registries
February 12, 2019

Ag Data Commons supports open data discovery and access, and meets the criteria for inclusion in authoritative registries such as FAIRsharing, Re3Data, COPDESS, and DataCite, which collectively promote scientific standards, policies, and databases/repositories for the research community, funders, and publishers. We encourage citation of the Ag Data Commons in papers where the overall repository is mentioned, using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.25504/FAIRsharing.83wDfe or https://doi.org/10.17616/R3G051 .

Web of Science's Data Citation Index
October 3, 2018

Ag Data Commons has been selected for inclusion in Clarivate Analytics' Data Citation Index on the Web of Science platform. This index contains searchable bibliographic records for data and software objects for a global audience of scholarly researchers, bringing wider exposure and impact measures for material deposited in Ag Data Commons. More information about the Data Citation Index can be found at https://clarivate.com/webofsciencegroup/solutions/webofscience-data-cita....

September 12, 2018

Ag Data Commons is assisting in the initiative to get USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists registered for ORCID IDs — consistent identifiers for scientists, researchers, and authors — and to have those ORCIDs connected to ARS.

ORCID shows the impact of your USDA research and enhances discovery and access to research outcomes and products across USDA.
If you are an ARS scientist, please visit https://digitop.nal.usda.gov/orcid for more information, including training and outreach resources:

  • How to Connect an Existing ORCID iD to USDA (PDF)
  • How to Register and Connect an ORCID iD to USDA (PDF)
  • ARS Inform & Engage: ORCID Researcher IDs and Your Research 9/6/2018 (Slides in PDF on AXON)
  • ORCID Help
  • ORCID Knowledge Base
  • ORCID on Vimeo