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October 13, 2020

Single sign-on is coming to the Ag Data Commons! Ag Data Commons users will soon be required to log into their accounts using their ORCID account. Don’t worry – you won’t lose your existing datasets or drafts. We will merge your current account into your ORCID sign-on to ensure you have a seamless experience.

If you already have an ORCID account, no further action is needed at this time. If you don’t already have one, visit https://orcid.org/signin for more information and to quickly set up your ORCID.

In addition to convenient single sign-on synced with other NAL systems (e.g. PubAg), ORCID offers the benefit of automatically adding Ag Data Commons datasets and published journal articles to your ORCID profile.

Please stay tuned for future notices and instructions as we approach the switchover date. Updates will emailed to registered users and also posted on this page.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at nal-adc-curator@ars.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
Introduction to GeoData webinar
September 10, 2018

Introduction to GeoData Webinar
Tuesday, September 25 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

The original air date for this webinar has passed, but you can view a recording for Introduction to GeoData at our YouTube webinar playlist.


Join us for our next webinar where we give an introduction to GeoData, NAL's geospatial data catalog.

We will review:

  • An overview of GeoData, what types of information it includes, and how to use the catalog
  • General best practices for filling out the metadata form, including mandatory and preferred fields
  • Controlled vocabularies, covering some of the primary thesauri and taxonomies and reviewing how they work within the GeoData system
  • Reusable components - what type of information is already in the system and how to populate the fields automatically
  • Submitting records for review - how to move through the workflow to get a record published
  • And have time for questions


Each month we offer a webinar with topics ranging from introduction for new users to topics with a more targeted focus. We also leave time for organized question and answer periods. To join us for any of the upcoming webinars, you can:

  • Email NAL-ADC-Curator@ars.usda.gov. We will mail the join information to you for this and future webinars.
  • Check back here in the news section for the next webinar's connect information. Please note each meeting number will be different.

If there are any topics you want to see covered, please let us know. We may be able to incorporate them into upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, October 23 @ 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT

To view past webinar recordings visit the Ag Data Commons Monthly Webinar Series page or Ag Data Commons Monthly Webinar Series playlist on NAL's YouTube channel.