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SDC Lifecycle

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


SDC team works with Project Owners who have a clear objective and a set of data providers and/or data analysts to support your research project needs. 


We work with you to understand the objective, timelines, data provider and data analyst needs. The SDC and project teams collaborate to define the high-level requirements for the project and assess the suitability of the platform.


We collaborate with you to define the detailed requirements for your project including gathering dataset documentation to demoing data pipeline architecture.



SDC Team implements data ingestion and curation requirements. We provide access to workstations, training materials, and assistance for queries and data uploads to support cross-project collaboration. 


Project team utilizes the SDC platform to achieve research objectives, while we actively provide Support Desk service.


We work with you to conclude active research work in the SDC platform and begin planning retirement. (No new data coming from data providers.) 


SDC Team archives project data as per records retention schedule, removes team members, and works with Project Owner to conduct final closeout.

Last updated August 2021