This page provides general SeaBASS documentation and guidelines, focusing primarily on how submissions should incorporate free-form information in external documents. SeaBASS submissions have two general types of metadata, 1) self-contained metadata, e.g., machine-readable metadata headers, and text comments and 2) external documents and calibration files.
1) Self-contained within SeaBASS Data Files
- /documents (REQUIRED, a comma-separated list of the file name(s) of all external documentation)
- /calibration_files (REQUIRED, a comma-separated list of the file name(s) of all of external calibration files)
- Comments (OPTIONAL, text comments may be included in the header. Comment lines must start with an exclamation point. e.g., ! This is a comment)
2) External Documents and Calibration Files
- Create report(s) documenting all your methods
- Follow Data Submission Special Requirements (mandatory checklists for certain types of submissions that need to be added to your submitted documents)
- Calibration files (if applicable) should be organized and submitted within a "documents" directory (create subfolder(s) as needed). In your data files, reference external files via the "/calibration_files" metadata headers.Notes:
Submission Special Requirements Page
Certain types of SeaBASS data submissions have special requirements, such as conditionally required metadata headers, or extra metadata documentation in the form of "checklist" documents. These requirements are listed on the Data Submission Special Requirements page, sorted by data types. Examples submissions are also provided. More data types will be added to that page in the future. Check back periodically, as new content is added to that page over time to include additional data types and other updates.
Every cruise submitted to SeaBASS is required to be accompanied by a calibration/instrument report. The calibration report should include enough information so that the reader can understand how raw instrument measurements were collected and processed into your reported values. The report should describe methods and key settings used to acquire data in the field, calibration equations and values, how the instruments were calibrated, and what types of corrections or data analysis were applied to create your reported values. Your report may also include references to standard protocols and techniques. All these details will allow for more accurate comparisons between datasets, error propagation and/or alternate analysis methods.
Scientific instruments come in many sizes and shapes and so will these reports. This template outlines information that should be included, although not all categories suggested here will be appropriate for every type of instrument.
Calibration/Instrument Report Examples
Here are several examples of reports created for various instruments: