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SDC Lifecycle

Each project in the USDOT Secure Data Commons (SDC) goes through a standard lifecycle of activities.


First, research projects are identified that could potentially use the SDC. Research projects include a clear objective and planned set of data providers and data analysts.


In the planning phase, the SDC team works with the prospective project owner and their technical representatives to understand the objective, timelines, data provider, and data analyst needs. In this phase, the SDC and project teams define the high-level requirements for the project and assess the suitability of the platform.


In this phase, the SDC team works with the project owner to define the detailed requirements for the project. This phase includes gathering documentation required for the datasets in the SDC.


This phase brings the project into the SDC platform by implementing the requirements defined in the discovery phase. At the end of this phase, data analysts will be able to work on the datasets available to them as part of the project.


During this phase, the SDC platform is being used by data analysts to achieve their research objective.


This phase concludes the active research work in the SDC. At the direction of the project owner, the SDC team will start the predefined approval process for final export of project-related data and files.


In this phase, project data will be archived according to the records retention schedule.

Last updated with release 2.5 (February 6, 2020)