I am engaged in a project, Climate Resilient Ecosystem and Livelihood, where we generated and/or compiled various spatial data (satellite images, ArcGIS featureclasses, spreadhseets, static maps, etc.) related to protected areas of Bangladesh. As a USAID requirement, we need to submit these data to a DDL system.

I have submitted this form and created an account with USAID. I see the DDL space allows users to upload files. I've been looking for guidance on spatial data standards and found out that they must be in a non-proprietary format. I've also been able to find some data that are public; this data contains CSVs and accompanying PDFs as documentation.

I would like to know specific guidance for spatial data and metadata standards for USAID. An example folder would be helpful, like those found alongside the CSV data in the Sample DDL folder.

I am stumbling on where from to start. I found another DDL folder that I think is spatial data related work where from I might get the direction but it is restricted see here.

Has anyone worked with the USAID DDL system for spatial data before?

  • Have you considered speaking with someone who manages the support system for the USAID DDL? Do they publish a list of what formats they require data to be in? I feel like many of your questions are best answered via their 1-on-1 support. Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 19:19

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USAID is in the process of finalizing its geospatial data standards, which we expect to make available in 2017. As stated in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), datasets must be submitted to the DDL "in a machine-readable, non-proprietary format." As a matter of practice, the DDL will accept proprietary formats as long as the submitter also provides a non-proprietary format. This holds true for geospatial datasets. For more clarity on definitions of terms, please see FAQ#2

If you have already completed the DDL Submission Form, our DDL staff will reach out to you with a link where you can upload your data files. If you have not received that link, please contact our staff at [email protected] for assistance.

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    yes I have that link where to upload data but i need the guidance on how to organise the data before uploading. I have ~10gb data! So I need structure for organising this data and metadata standards for spatial data.It would be great if I get a dummy structure at least.
    – Learner
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 16:54

Draft geospatial standards are now posted for comment / feedback at www.usaid.gov/data.

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