Data Help Desk

If you have questions related to data access, data publication, and data cleanning, here are some documents that can assist you.


Get SBC login

Usually an investigator or staff member requests a login for new students, staff or associate investigators. Those requesting a login should contact Li Kui (SBC's information manager), and provide the new partipant's name, email address and advisor's name. If you have an active login, your name will show up on SBC's People page.


Data access through data catalog

SBC data review and download protocol demonstrates dataset search, metadata review, dataset download, and dataset citation.


Dataset publication

To publish your dataset, please download the SBC data publication template in a zipped file that includes the metadata collection Excel worksheet as well as abstract and method word documents.

SBC data publication instruction will show you how to fill out the meatadata sheet and prepare your data for publication.


Access SBC server via Web Browser

Access to SBC server requires a SBC login name and password, which is the same as MSI login name and password. Login to Internal File Server

Remember, you can always download files from your browser, at "Internal Data", but you may not deposit files this way. Additionally, downloads via a browser will be one file at a time.

If you encounter any issue about file permission, please review SBC data sharing permission issue.

Access SBC server via network drive mapping

SBC user can map SBC file sever on your computer, which allows you to view all SBC related documents, pictures, data, collaborated projects as if it were a drive on your UCSB desktop. Only the computers on campus or connected via VPN (UCSB VPN) can map the SBC server.


Data management plan

In 2011, NSF added a requirement that all proposals include a 2-page Data Management Plan. In LTER, data management plans have been a requirement for a much longer time, and generally, the LTER Network is a leader in data management practices for diverse environmental data. SBC has gathered some resources for scientists writing data management plans for NSF proposals. These resources include a template data management plan (require login) for collaborative projects which plan to post their data in the SBC LTER data catalog.

If you plan to house your data in the SBC system, it is essential that the SBC information manager and SBC leadership be kept informed of your proposal's progress.


If you have any question about SBC data, please contact SBC information manager.