Data set citation

“Cloquet Forestry Center Continuous Forest Inventory (1959-2014)” available at

Submitted by the University of Minnesota and curated by the University of Illinois.

Curation actions

A URL (or Uniform Resource Locator) that is monitored by an authority to ensure a stable web location for consistent citation and long-term discoverability. Provides redirection when necessary. E.g., a Digital Object Identifier or DOI.

Ensure that all documentation and metadata are comprehensive and complete. Example actions might include: open and run the data files; inspect the contents in order to validate, clean, and/or enhance data for future use; look for missing documentation about codes used, the significance of “null” and “blank” values, or unclear acronyms.

Transform files into open, non-proprietary file formats that broaden the potential for long-term reuse and ensure that additional preservation actions might be taken in the future. Note: Retention of the original file formats may be necessary if data transfer is not perfect.

Services that incorporate machine-based search and retrieval functionality that help users identify what data exist, where the data are located, and how can they be accessed (e.g., full-text indexing or web optimization).