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Standard Data Products from NDSF Vehicles

The National Deep Submergence Facility has established standards for data deliverables in order to:

  • offer prospective vehicle users information necessary for pre-cruise planning;
  • impose responsibility guidelines on the National Deep Submergence Facility; and
  • reassure a departing Chief Scientist that she or he has received the expected collection of digital data.
Standards also serve the larger ocean science community by ensuring that products of consistent content and quality are available long after initial scientific studies are performed.

One full copy of the digital data package is delivered to the designated cruise Chief Scientist at the conclusion of the cruise. She or he will be required to sign a receipt for the collection. Another full set, including master versions, is transported to WHOI. Hard media are transferred to the WHOI Data Library, where they are archived in accordance with the Archive Policy . Typical data package media are magnetic hard drive and optical digital versatile disk (DVD-R). Other media can include optical CD-R and digital magnetic video tape (DVCAM).

The submersibles operated by the National Deep Submergence Facility: Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV) Alvin; Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Jason; and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry share a number of data commonalities. However, because they serve overlapping purposes using fundamentally different design approaches, the data collections from them do differ. Please download and read the following PDF documents:

HOV Alvin has recently completed a major upgrade and a deliverables document has not yet been published. If you require information, e.g., for preparation of a research proposal, please contact

Last updated: June 18, 2014