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?

To cite a dataset from the GRIIDC data repository that has been issue a DOI, please use the following format:

[data originator last name], [data originator first name], [co-data originators]. [title of the dataset] [year dataset registered/published by GRIIDC]. 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 Data Discovery web 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. If you have not logged into the system, you will be prompted to log in using a GRIIDC or Google login before you are able to download a dataset.

Do I need a GRIIDC account to download data?

No, a GRIIDC account is not needed to download data; a Google account can be used. Google accounts are free to the general public; you can sign up for a Google account at

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