Downloading and Using Data

What is a DOI?

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) are unique and persistent identifiers used to reference a document or dataset. DOIs link to information on the location of data. They allow dataset users to cite the dataset they are using.

When should I cite a dataset from GRIIDC?

Researchers, program and policy analysts and administrators, and educators may use datasets found in the GRIIDC system to produce manuscripts, articles, reports, or educational materials. Additionally, students may use the dataset from GRIIDC to produce essays and reports. Whenever a dataset is used in analysis, or to produce a manuscript, article, report, or other document the dataset should be cited.

How do I cite a dataset from the GRIIDC repository?

Datasets should be cited in the references section of the publication. To cite a dataset from the GRIIDC data repository that has been issued a DOI, please use the following format:

[data author last name], [data author first name], [co-data authors]. [year dataset published by GRIIDC]. [title of the dataset]. Distributed by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC), Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. doi:

How do I download a dataset from GRIIDC?

Navigate to GRIIDC's Search page to find a dataset. If you click on the title of the dataset, a new window will open that presents information about the dataset and a button to download the dataset will be on the top right corner of the page.

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