FAQs

Would you like to get more exposure to your data-based research?  

Do you have valuable datasets that require long-term storage and accessibility?   

Would reviewers value centralized access to your datasets to verify article conclusions?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, IEEE DataPort is ready to help you meet these needs.  IEEE DataPort (https://ieee-dataport.org) is a new IEEE data repository that is now available to all IEEE...

Although there is no charge to upload standard datasets, analyses, scripts, and related documentation to IEEE DataPort, IEEE will eventually need to assess reasonable fees to cover costs associated with the system.  We are however currently in the experimental phase and there is no cost to upload a standard dataset, Open Access dataset or to become a subscriber (coupon codes are available on request by emailing dataport@ieee.org).   Eventually we expect there will be four products including an institutional subscription, an individual...

Yes users need to subscribe to access and/or download datasets from IEEE DataPort.  At the present time, we are in the experimental phase of IEEE DataPort so one can subscribe at no cost by obtaining a coupon code.  Please contact dataport@ieee.org to obtain a coupon code if you don't already have one.  

IEEE welcomes anyone who would like to become a beta user of IEEE DataPort during the experimental phase (present - December 31, 2017). We appreciate beta users testing the system and its capabilities and providing feedback so we can optimize the site to meet user needs.

  • All beta testers will receive a coupon code for FREE subscriber access to all IEEE DataPort Datasets (regular price: $40/month).
  • All beta testers...

Individuals will be able to subscribe to IEEE DataPort on a monthly basis.  Since data analysis may take more than one month, individual monthly subscriptions will automatically renew unless the user requests to unsubscribe.  This will help ensure there is continuity of dataset access and data analysis for the individual user. 

When a dataset is uploaded to IEEE DataPort, the dataset owner maintains ownership of the dataset.  In accordance with the Terms of Service, by uploading your dataset you are making it available under the terms of the "Creative Commons" Attribution (CC-BY) license. 

IEEE DataPort is a self-monitoring system with feedback mechanisms so users can provide comments on datasets to the dataset owner or report problems with datasets to the IEEE DataPort administrator.  The IEEE DataPort user community is responsible for ensuring the veracity of the content of IEEE DataPort.

Yes, absolutely!  Datasets on IEEE DataPort are made available under CC-BY licenses which require attribution.  Any use requires citation.  IEEE DataPort includes a Cite button on each dataset page so a user can easily obtain the proper citation for the dataset.  The citation provided by using the Cite button is provided in multiple formats to facilitate easy attribution. 

No.  Users need to upload the actual dataset to IEEE DataPort.  The purpose of IEEE DataPort as stated in the Terms of Use is as follows:  "IEEE DataPort hosts technical material, including datasets, scripts and data analyses, of interest to the engineering community".  To fulfill this purpose, users must upload their datasets to IEEE DataPort rather than just include a link to the datasets.  Supplementary links to other materials and/or project websites can be included with the dataset, but the actual dataset content must be loaded to IEEE DataPort.  

Yes.  IEEE DataPort enables users to upload a dataset as an Open Access Dataset.  When you use the SUBMIT A DATASET button, you will get an option to upload your dataset as an Open Access Dataset.  There is an up-front fee for submittal of an Open Access Dataset, but all Open Access Datasets will be made available to all IEEE DataPort users at no cost and no subscription is required to view the datasets, thus fulfilling the Open Access requirements that are often associated with government-funded research.  

IEEE DataPort Beta Test Checklist

  • Login with IEEE account
  • Subscribe to IEEE DataPort using Coupon Code
  • Upload Dataset (small and large)
  • Submit Metadata
  • Search using keyword
  • Submit a Script
  • Submit a Supporting Document (e.g. WORD or Excel document) related to a dataset
  • Submit an Analysis for a specific dataset
  • Use Thumbs Up button to record approval of a dataset
  • View datasets in specific categories
  • DOI assigned upon Dataset submittal
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The IEEE DataPort Beta Test Feedback Form is the document utilized by IEEE DataPort Beta Testers that enables beta testers to provide specific feedback regarding the IEEE DataPort capabilities and features so IEEE can continuously improve the IEEE DataPort platform and ensure we are meeting user needs.  If you are interested in becoming an IEEE DataPort Beta Tester, click here.

The process is easy. If you are an individual or an institution with interest in subscribing to IEEE DataPort, simply click on “Subscribe to IEEE DataPort” icon and the system will take you through the subscription process. You will need to provide identifying information and billing information in order to become an active subscriber.  If you have a coupon code, that may be used during the subscription process.

IEEE DataPort is data agnostic and will allow any format of dataset to be submitted for storage on IEEE DataPort. The provision of metadata, tools and/or supporting documentation allow the user to understand how each specific dataset can be analyzed.

No. Uploading datasets, scripts, analyses and related documentation to IEEE DataPort is free of charge at this time.  In the future, an Open Access offering is being considered where institutions and individuals can pay up front to ensure long term storage of their dataset and related materials and all IEEE DataPort users will have free access to the content.

To preserve the integrity of IEEE DataPort, IEEE requests all IEEE DataPort users to review and agree to specific legal terms of use prior to utilize IEEE DataPort.  Terms and conditions are available through a link on the site and must be agreed to before a dataset can be uploaded. 

The categories of data available currently include Astronomy, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Demographics, Environmental, Financial, Power and Energy, Security, Sensor, Signal Processing and Social Sciences data. Many more categories will be added in the future.  There is also an “Other Data” category which includes all datasets for which a specific category is not yet established.

IEEE DataPort is a repository for all types of datasets!  Any size up to 2TB and any type of dataset can be loaded to IEEE DataPort!  The categories into which datasets can be placed currently include Astronomy, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Demographics, Environmental, Financial, Power and Energy, Security, Sensor, Signal Processing and Social Sciences data. There is also an “Other Data” category to accommodate all data types for which a specific category is not yet established.

Uploading a dataset and any related tools and documentation is quick and easy! Just go to the Home Page or to the Upload Dataset Page and click on the Submit a Dataset icon. You will then be guided through the process to upload your dataset. Information will be requested to facilitate your dataset upload and ensure that you are given proper recognition for the dataset. Please know that you are also able to upload tools and documentation related to your dataset.  Follow these simple instructions to Upload a Dataset to IEEE DataPort:

UPLOADING A DATASET ON IEEE DATAPORT

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Yes. IEEE DataPort is intended to facilitate research and expedite the process of proving reproducibility of research. Data used in research must be cited in accordance with the citation guidelines on the site, but IEEE wants to encourage the use of the datasets and tools on IEEE DataPort for any researcher to facilitate or accelerate their research.  Please note that the CITE button on each dataset page provides citations in several formats to make it easy for you to include a citation of a dataset.  

Yes. IEEE currently provides access to Cloud services to facilitate analysis of large datasets in the Cloud. So if you don’t have sufficient storage and computing capacity on your local system, that should no longer deter you from performing data analysis on your dataset or others you find on IEEE DataPort.

IEEE DataPort facilitates the ability to perform data analysis in the Cloud.  IEEE is currently leveraging the Cloud services of Amazon Web Services.  Data is stored in AWS S3 and the URI is provided to subscribers for each dataset in IEEE DataPort. In addition, the AWS Security Codes (Key Code and Private Key Code) are provided so datasets can be accessed directly from the AWS platform.  The user can then utilize its pwm AWS computing platforms to perform data analysis.

One can access a dataset either by entering keywords in the search bar or by searching in the dataset categories. Once the desired dataset is located, it can be accessed by double clicking on the dataset.  Refer to these instructions for Accessing a Dataset:

Instructions for Accessing a Dataset on IEEE DataPort

1.       Go to ieee-dataport.org

2.       Login to IEEE Dataport using the button in the upper right hand corner of the ieee-dataport.org home page using your IEEE login (staff logins do not have access at this time).  Note:  If you do not...

Datasets up to 2TB can be uploaded to IEEE DataPort. If you have a dataset which is larger than 2TB, please contact the IEEE DataPort Administrator.