What is a DIF and how does it differ from a Dataset Submission?

What is a DIF and how does it differ from a Dataset Submission?

Dataset Information Forms (DIFs) are required to supplement the Data Management Plan that defines the datasets expected to be collected and generated by a project. The information you provide via this form will assist GRIIDC in designing its infrastructure, identify areas which need special attention, and allocate resources accordingly. The DIF will also alert your colleagues to the datasets you are generating, thereby improving collaboration. Dataset Submission is used to submit a dataset file to GRIIDC or notify GRIIDC that the dataset has been submitted to a recognized national data center.