Data & Products

How to Submit Product Files


This page provides instructions for submitting product files to IVS Data Centers. Please follow the instructions for

If you follow these instructions then your files will be automatically placed into the appropriate directory on the Data Center.

First-time submitters should prepare their files in accordance with the formats and naming conventions described on this page. The IVS Analysis Coordinator must review and approve the first submission before a solution code can be registered.


File types.  Analysis product files that may be submitted to IVS Data Centers include the following list. Descriptions of each product type are also found on the individual product pages

  • EOP-Intensive (EOPI)
  • EOP-Session (EOPS)
  • terrestrial reference frame (TRF)
  • celestial reference frame (CRF) 
  • troposphere parameters

In addition, each solution must have a solution description file.


File formats.  Formats for each type of product are as follows:

Formats for each type of product file are also found on the individual product pages

The format for the solution description file may be determined by the individual Analysis Center. The type of information that is requested to be included in the solution is outlined in a template:

  • Solution description: follow the template for information needed.

Name conventions.  The conventions for naming product files and related descriptions are shown in the table below. The file name serves to uniquely identify the type of product, the Analysis Center that produced it, and the solution used. These characteristics of the name are recognized and used by the script that processes incoming files to determine the Data Center directory into which the files will be placed. The script also verifies that the required compression type is used, which is indicated by the proper (compressor) extension in the following list.

IVS product file names:
   file type                       name convention
   ---------                       -----------------
   EOP-I results                   aaaccccc.eopi.gz
   EOP-S results                   aaaccccc.eops.gz
   TRF results                     aaaccccc.trf.gz
   CRF results                     aaaccccc.crf.gz
   Daily SINEX results             aaaccccc.snx.gz
IVS document file names: file type name convention --------- ----------------- EOP-I solution description aaaccccc.eopi.txt EOP-S solution description aaaccccc.eops.txt TRF solution description aaaccccc.trf.txt CRF solution description aaaccccc.crf.txt Daily SINEX solution descr. aaaccccc.dsnx.txt

A summary of the conventions for naming data and product files for submission to the IVS Data Centers is compiled in the DataCenter_File_Conventions. In addition to the naming conventions, the file also includes the required compression type for each file type and lists examples.


Submission frequency.  Product files should be submitted on a regular schedule to keep the results up to date and timely for users. The nominal frequency is as follows:

  • The EOPI product file should be sumitted within 2 hours of the new data base being available from the correlator.
  • The EOPS product file should be submitted within 24 hours of the new data base being available from the correlator for EOPS products that are combined by the Analysis Coordinator into the official IVS product.
  • The TRF product file should be sumitted on or about the first day of each quarter, i.e. January 1, April 1, July 1,October 1. In any case a new TRF solution should be submitted as soon as it is used as a new basis for the EOP submissions.
  • The CRF product file has no definite submission frequency since for EOP determination ICRF should be used.
  • The troposphere parameter files are submitted to the Data Center and then combined. Submissions should be made within one month of data base availability.

Solution codes.   Each solution must have a code that appears in the Analysis Center codes file ac-codes.txt. Before submitting any new files, contact the Coordinating Center to register your solution code.

All submitted file names must include the solution code according to the file name conventions. Solution codes include the 3-character Analysis Center code plus a 5-character identifier.

First-time submitters of product files must have their solution files reviewed and approved by the Analysis Coordinator before a solution code can be registered by the Coordinating Center.


Submission.   Before submitting any new files, contact the Coordinating Center to register your solution code. You must follow the file name conventions or your file will not be recognized nor transferred from the incoming area. If you re-submit a file with the same name, the new file will overwrite the old one. Product files require a valid solution code, selected by the Analysis Center and entered in the control file ac-codes.txt.

Files may be submitted to any of the three primary IVS Data Centers. All Data Centers mirror each other so that all the files are available from any Data Center within a few hours. Files may be submitted to any of the three primary IVS Data Centers. All Data Centers mirror each other so that all the files are available from any Data Center within a few hours. As the three Data Centers mirror each other several times daily, you should submit your file to one Data Center only. The incoming area is monitored every hour by a script. When a new file is found, the script checks the file name against the name conventions and, if a match is found, the file is moved out of the incoming area and put into the appropriate directory.

HTTP POST Instructions. To submit a file to CDDIS or OPAR, you have to submit an HTTP POST request. For OPAR it is sufficient to know the user name and password; at this point only a cURL-based procedure is available. To effectuate the upload, you may request a sample script from OPAR staff. For CDDIS, an additional registration step is necessary. That is, in order for CDDIS to recognize your request you need to have an Earthdata login account. You only have to register once to Earthdata; this step includes the registration of the IP addresses of your upload machines. With your Earthdata ID information you can upload files using a Web interface, a command line interface (cURL), or a script application such as Java.

For more information on the OPAR upload procedure and to request user name and password (plus possibly a sample script) please contact either Sébastien Lambert or Christophe Barache .

A detailed description for CDDIS' upload procedure is available at the URL:

If you are registered with Earthdata, you can go to the Web interface for uploading your files (note that the machine you are running your browser on must be registered in order for the hyperlink to work): https://depot.cddis.eosdis.nasa.gov/CDDIS_FileUpload/

FTP Instructions. For the Data Center at BKG you upload your files using FTP. The following table outlines the machine names and login information.

Data Center Machine name Login Password
BKG Leipzig ivs.bkg.bund.de ivsincoming request from
Coordinating Center

You can follow the subsequent detailed instructions as a template to effectuate your upload to the IVS Data Center at BKG:

ftp ivs.bkg.bund.de
user: ivsincoming
password: <please request from ivscc@lists.nasa.gov>
put <your file>
quit