This guide describes how to submit data to Axiom Data Science for inclusion in a data portal. These guidelines are adapted from the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) data standards and requirements for IOOS Regional Associations and other IOOS grant recipients who are contributing data to the U.S. IOOS. A key premise is that information, regardless of its method of collection, is a public resource. Therefore, one of the primary goals of the data portal is to allow the public to discover, access, and understand ocean and coastal information. This information can take many forms and includes, but is not limited to, a multidisciplinary suite of direct and remotely sensed observations (physical, chemical, biological, and geological). This information may also include numerical simulations of the ocean yielding hindcasts, nowcasts, or forecasts of ocean conditions, and analyses and syntheses of various data streams into value added information products.

Data Submission Guidelines

Data submitted to the portal should adhere to these general guidelines, inspired by the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) data sharing principles:

  • Make data publicly visible and accessible in a timely manner.

  • Use standardized vocabularies to clarify the meaning of common terms and concepts.

  • Provide data in a format that is machine-readable and based on open standards.

  • Provide all metadata necessary to find and properly use the data.
    • When possible, use standardized formats such as FGDC, EML, or ISO 19115

    • Include descriptive information about the data, including quality-control procedures and provenance

  • When possible, make data available using a service-oriented architecture:

    • a publicly-documented API

    • FTP or other file transfer protocol

Data Submission Process

Once you’ve read the guidelines above and applied them to your data, please consult the appropriate page of this documentation for the type of data you are working with for further details. Links to those pages can be found in the sidebar to the left.

After applying the guidance for your data type, please proceed to the Upload Your Data section.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at


Metadata standards are formal documents and conventions that establish the methods used to describe an object. In our case, a data set.