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Title GCE data-only submission form for describing tabular data files to attach to data sets submitted online
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This Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template is provided for formatting and describing tabular data files for submission to the GCE Information Management Office for archiving in the GCE Data Catalog and LTER Data Portal. Note that data set documentation (metadata) must be provided separately online prior to submission of the data files (see to register the documentation).

For tabular data (e.g. spreadsheets, non-digital data sheets, simple comma or space-delimited logger files), the data values and column information should be entered or pasted into the "Tabular Data" worksheet unless prior arrangements are made with IM staff for parsing data from specialized formats (e.g. raw data logger files, real-time data telemetry or lab-specific storage formats). Specialized tabular or non-tabular data (e.g. GIS files, raster imagery, genomics data) can be described and uploaded directly from the View Submissions page (see below) after the metadata are submitted so use of this template is not required.

Completed templates and data files (if provided separately) should be uploaded to the GCE IM office using the "Add Files" links for the corresponding data set metadata on the Private GCE Web Site (

More information about GCE data submission is available at An overview and training presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF file) and example tabular data file (Zip Archive) are also available for reference.

Contributor Wade Sheldon

Wade Sheldon. 2020. GCE data-only submission form for describing tabular data files to attach to data sets submitted online. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER File Archive, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. (

Key Words data submission, form, IM, spreadsheet, template
File Date Oct 28, 2020 (version 6)
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.