Archive of Previously Published SPRUCE Experiment Data at ESS-DIVE: Approach, Successes, and Challenges


Thomas Ruggles* ([email protected]), Terri Velliquette, Paul J. Hanson


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN



Since 2017, ESS-DIVE has been archiving data from projects across the ESS program with a focus on findable, accessible, interoperable, and reproducible (FAIR) data principles. While this has improved the findability and accessibility of ESS data, a new question arose for older projects: How to best archive datasets at ESS-DIVE that have been previously published elsewhere?

This poster shows an overview of the process used by the ORNL Terrestrial Ecosystem Science SFA to archive data from the SPRUCE experiment that have been published previously. These data were published on the SPRUCE website ( and had DOIs registered through the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) as early as 2009. One of the most significant challenges is maintaining consistent metadata across multiple platforms, including ESS-DIVE, the SPRUCE website, and OSTI’s DOI record.

Furthermore, as part of improving FAIR data practices, the project is implementing ESS-DIVE’s reporting formats for newer datasets while enhancing all datasets with keywords. Also demonstrated is how the application of ESS-DIVE’s data portal system brings additional visibility to data from the SPRUCE experiment.