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Archiving your Data at NCEI

Follow these steps to have your data archived at NCEI.

The goal of archiving data is to preserve data and associated information for future users so they can fully understand and use data independent of the original data producer. To accomplish this goal, the expert knowledge of the data provider must be acquired and preserved with the data. As a steward of the nation's global environmental data and information, NCEI uses a well-defined archival process as shown in the diagram.

Getting Started

NCEI has two primary options for archiving your data depending on the data delivery frequency and your data volume.

  1. For non-repeating or single delivery data no larger than 20 GB in size, please submit your data to NCEI for archive appraisal at Send2NCEI.
  2. For repeating or multiple delivery data or any data with total volume greater than 20GB, please submit your archive request to the Advanced Tracking and Resource Tool for Archive Collections (ATRAC).

Instructions for using these two systems are found on their respective websites.

For more information on NCEI's archival process or if you have questions about which system to use, please email the NCEI Archive at