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Research datasets and tools that relate to those datasets have value of their own, regardless of whether they are associated with published peer-reviewed literature. This means they can have a different set of authors or publishers, their own digital object identifier (DOI), and their own unique description. The presence or absence of peer-reviewed papers that describe them does not affect a dataset’s qualification to be hosted on Ag Data Commons (henceforth referred to as ADC).

On the ADC, a “dataset” refers to the entire metadata record for one or more resources on the ADC; the dataset refers to information entered on the “Edit dataset” page. A “resource” refers to the data files you upload or link to on the “Add data” page. This may be a spreadsheet, database, photographic collection, software tool, or other resource that you wish to make available for the purpose of advancing scientific knowledge. Again, multiple resources may be included as part of a single dataset, depending on how you wish to define and describe your data.