How to Update your User Profile

fig. 1 An example of a DCO profile. Click image to enlarge.


The following guide will walk you through how to update your user profile in the Deep Carbon Observatory Data Portal. Having an up-to-date profile will make it easier for you to connect with colleagues and potential collaborators.

In the end we want your profile page to look a bit like the example in figure 1. We'll continue to use Patrick West's profile in the examples that follow.

fig. 2 Click image to enlarge.

Find Your Profile

The first step is to locate your profile.

  1. Go to
  2. In the upper right click Login (fig. 2) and enter your credentials
  3. You’ll be taken to your user profile page. If you are not taken to your profile page, enter your name in the search bar and click on your profile, and please contact so we can link your account to your profile.
fig. 3 Adding a photo. Click image to enlarge.

Add a Photo

  1. In the upper left of the image you should see "Photo +" , click on that.
  2. On the next screen you can choose the file you want to use as your profile picture from your computer
  3. Once you’ve selected the picture click "Upload photo."
  4. Crop the photo and save it.
  5. You should end up back on your profile page.
fig. 4 Click the image to enlarge.

Add a Short Bio

  1. Next to "Overview" click the + icon
  2. You should be taken to a page that says "Add new entry for: overview"
  3. Enter your bio, or copy and paste it from elsewhere, and click "Save entry." Note: Pasting Word document content may cause formatting problems. Try pasting from a plain text file, if possible.
  4. You should be back on your profile page after you save the changes.
fig. 5 Click image to enlarge.

Add Research Areas

Now add some areas of expertise for "Research Areas."

  1. Click on the icon next to "Research Areas" that looks like a set of index cards. Fig. 5.
  2. If you don’t have any "Research Areas" entered yet, you’ll see "There are currently no concepts specified." Otherwise, you should see your current list.
  3. Click "Add Concept" and then select "Create your own concept" (you can select from existing ones too).
  4. Start typing and if the term already exists it’ll show you. Otherwise you can create a new one. For example, I entered "Data Science" and it found it.
  5. Once you’ve selected one or entered the label for a new one, click "Create Concept."
  6. Add as many as you want, and when you’re done click "Return to Profile Page."
fig. 6 Click image to enlarge.

Add Your DCO Community

Affiliating with a DCO Community (Deep Life, Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, Extreme Physics and Chemistry, Engagement or Data Science, Secretariat) aligns you with colleagues and identifies you to potential collaborators. You may select more than one DCO Community.

  1. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see a set of tabs. The first one is Overview, click on that tab.
  2. Scroll down a bit more until you see "associated DCO Community" and click the + next to it.
  3. In the drop down list you can select from the list, select one. Fig. 6.
  4. Click "Save entry" and you’ll be taken back to your profile page
  5. Click + again to add another.
fig. 7 Click image to enlarge.


Please fill in your nationality.

  1. Again under the "Overview" tab find "home country." Fig. 7
  2. Click the + next to it
  3. From the dropdown select your country. If you start typing it’ll match what you’ve typed so far.
  4. When you’ve selected your country click "Save entry" and you’ll be taken back to your profile page.
fig. 8 Click image to enlarge.

Add Web Sites

Let’s say you have a profile or laboratory page at your own institution and would like to link to it.

  1. On the left click the library cards next to "Websites." Fig. 8.
  2. On the following page you’ll see your current list of websites if you have already entered some.
  3. Click "Add New Web Page"
  4. Select "Standard Web Link" for the URL Type
  5. Enter the URL (example:
  6. Enter a short name for the Webpage, such as RPI Profile
  7. Click "Add Web Page" and it’ll take you back to 2 above
  8. Enter as many as you’d like, and when you’re done click "Return to Profile Page"
fig. 9 Click image to enlarge.

Position in a Group

This is a listing of your titles. For example: "Research Scientist" or "Assistant Professor."

  1. Click the + next to "Positions." Fig. 9.
  2. On the following screen first select the organization. Start typing and it should find yours. If not you ca create a new one.
  3. Enter your position title, such as Principal Software Engineer
  4. Select the position type
  5. Select the year that you started in this position
  6. Click "Create Entry" and it’ll take you back to your profile with that position listed. You can add more than one.


Please check your profile from time to time to make sure it is current, particularly your Primary Email.


Have any questions about how to add other content to your profile, drop us an email.

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