Formally Publishing Data

IMPORTANT! Once published, you will have only limited ability to modify the metadata for a resource. You will not be able to modify the authorship, title, or content files of the resource once it has been published. Please make sure you are ready to publish your resource before you use the following steps, and note you must have a complete profile page with all required fields filled out to formally publish a resource. 

If you just want to publicly share your resource or share with other HydroShare users or groups, use the instructions for making your resource public or for sharing with a specific user or group.

Follow the instructions below once you are ready to formally publish a resource.

Navigate to the landing page of the resource and click on the “Publish” button. If you do not have a completed profile page, the publish icon will be disabled until your profile is completed.

You must agree to the terms of the HydroShare data publication agreement and then you will be able to click the “Publish” button. Once you have done this, your resource will be published with a citable DOI, which will be displayed in the “How to Cite” block on your resource’s landing page.


It may take a little time for the DOI registration to complete, so please be patient. As soon as it is complete, it will show up on the landing page of your resource.

NOTE:  If you make a mistake publishing a resource, a HydroShare administrator (contact can delete the resource and work with CrossRef to disassociate the DOI link. However, if you want to keep the resource files, you are responsible for downloading or copying them before the resource is deleted. You may also upload them to a new resource and publish that when you are ready.