Guidelines for Data Submission to OSDR

Welcome to the Open Science Data Repository (OSDR)! Below you will find guidelines for submitting space biology data.

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Step 1: Review a Dataset

First, review one of the existing datasets in OSDR to become familiar with the format: OSD-48

Step 2: Create an Account

Follow these instructions to create an account to submit data in the OSDR Submission Portal, the Biological Data Management Environment (BDME).

Step 3: Review Submission Tutorial

Before submitting your data, review this tutorial on BDME data submission.

Step 4: Create a Study

Following the tutorial on BDME data submission, create a study or studies. (NOTE: If you have a NASA-funded study, and you have not yet filled out a Research Data Submission Agreement (RDSA), please contact Danielle Lopez at Your RDSA will be used to create your study. If you already have an RDSA, your experiment record will have a study associated. You can create more studies as needed).

Please note: OSDR organizes studies by tissue type. If your submission contains data from more than one tissue type, please create a new study for each tissue. Failure to do so could lead to delays in curation, as well as an incomplete list of DOIs to include in your manuscript.

Step 5: Enter Metadata and Upload Data Files

OSDR organizes metadata into sample-level information and assay-level information. Data files are uploaded into the workspace and associated with each study.

Option 1: Enter your metadata and upload files directly to BDME User Interface. Once completed, follow the instructions in the tutorial to submit your study to OSDR Curation for review.

Option 2: Use the templates below to enter your metadata and submit the completed sample-level and assay-level metadata files to OSDR Curation at Upload all data files to your workspace.

Below you will find a sample-level metadata template and assay-level metadata templates for the most common assay types. Use these to properly format your data prior to submission. If you don't see your experimental assay in the folder, please contact us.

When possible, please use common acronyms as defined on the OSDR Abbreviations Page. If your data has acronyms, scientific terms, or column names that need to be defined, please include a data dictionary. An example data dictionary can be found in dataset OSD-618 (Files > Novel Object Recognition > Data Dictionary Files).


If you have any questions during the data submission process, please contact the OSDR Curation team at