Research Data Archive

Research Data Archive (RDA) data sets can be accessed within the CISL computing environment or downloaded for use elsewhere from the RDA web site.

A subset of the archive is stored in the centralized GLADE resource and so is readily accessible by Yellowstone, Geyser, and Caldera users, and by individuals who have Data-access projects.

RDA screenThe complete archive is stored in the High Performance Storage System (HPSS), so data sets that are not on GLADE can be found there.

Data sets are numbered and stored in directories that are named in this format: dsnnn.n (ds431.0, for example). If you don't know the number of the data set you need, browse or search the web site to find the data set and number.

Once you have identified the data set number, you can get a list of the files it contains through the web site or in the /glade/p/rda/data/dsnnn.n subdirectory.

RDA utilities

Use the rdals utility to find file and metadata information for each subdirectory.

Use the rdams utility to get detailed metadata for RDA data sets and to submit or check on the status of subset requests.

Data set contents

To get a list of the contents of each subdirectory:

  • Go to the RDA web site.
  • Enter the nnn.n value in the Go to Dataset field in the upper-right corner of the page.
  • Click the Data Access tab on the next screen. (See image at right)
  • Click the GLADE File Listing link or the HPSS File Listing link.

This file in GLADE provides additional information:

  • /glade/p/rda/data/README_rda-data_contents