Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB)

Data Submission Deadline: May 1 2019 (23:59 GMT).


The new Standard IODP Confidentiality Policy was approved at the May 2018 JRFB Meeting. Proponents submitting data to SSDB should read the document thoroughly, as they are responsible for complying with all restrictions regarding the use, disclosure, dissemination, and modification of the data.

The submission process for SSDB has changed to a two-step process. Instead of submitting files individually, proponents upload files, and then create a data package containing all the newly uploaded and previously submitted files that are relevant. Please read How to Submit Data to SSDB for important instructions.

Geo-referencing on all data files supporting IODP proposals numbered 891 and higher must be in decimal degrees, including annotations on maps. Non-compliant files will be returned to the submitter during the QC process.

Welcome to the Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB)

The Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB) is a repository for site survey data submitted in support of International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) proposals and expeditions. SSDB serves different roles for different sets of users:

Science Community

SSDB is a resource for the general science community to access drilling-related data submitted in the past. Without an SSDB account, you can use SSDBquery and SSDBlegacy to find data that may be of interest, however you will not be able to download data without registering for a basic user account. With a basic account, you can download any data that are not under proprietary hold; held data are only available to authorized reviewers.

IODP Proponents

SSDB provides tools for scientists submitting drilling proposals to IODP to upload site survey data and create data packages in support of their proposals. It works in conjunction with the Proposal Database (PDB), the system through which IODP proposal documents are submitted. Please see the Information for Proponents for further links and guidance. To access the proposal upload tools, you must have a proponent account: first register for a basic user account on SSDB, if you do not have one (a PDB account will also work in SSDB). Then log in to SSDB, and use the My Account tool to request access to a specific proposal number. Within a few days, after validation by IODP, you should receive a confirmation email that you have been given proponent access to that proposal.

IODP Reviewers

SSDB provides several tools for searching and viewing the data associated with proposals you are reviewing. To initiate your reviewer access, please create a basic user account by registering, if you do not already have one, IODP will then provide you with reviewer credentials, and following that you can use the My Account tool to request access to the specific proposals you will review. The Guide for Reviewers, which is available on the left menu once you are logged in as a reviewer, provides further information.

Need Help?

Please use the Contact form at any time to send questions - it is available on most pages in the top menu bar.

Last Update: September 20, 2018