BALTIMORE ECOSYSTEM STUDY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT POLICY
Related Link: Long Term Ecological Research Network Data Management Policy
The purpose of this document is to set guidelines to resolve issues relative to scientists' rights to their information and their responsibility to make the information available to the rest of the scientific community.
Pertains to all four types of information mentioned below.
Scientists have the obligation both to contribute information collected with LTER funding to the BES LTER database within one year of collection and to submit the information for publication in the open literature in a timely fashion.
With the exceptions discussed in information Type II, investigators have first right of publication of the information they collect before their release to the scientific community within the time limits specified.
Data sets shall be distributed by the BES LTER program with the conditions that
The scientists, the BES-LTER Program, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies must receive adequate acknowledgement for the use of data by other scientists. A suggested format for this acknowledgement shall be distributed along with the requested data.
ADEQUATE DOCUMENTATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF DATA
It is the responsibility of the scientist to assure that the documentation and transformation of their data will be adequate to permit data to be used by scientists not involved in its original collection. The Information Manager shall ensure that the investigator complies with this requirement when filing the data set with the Information Manager.
The investigators are responsible for certifying the quality of their data. The BES Information Management Committee is responsible for setting the proper standards to assure the quality of data when transferring and disseminating data.
INTERPRETATION OF POLICIES
The BES LTER information Manager will be responsible for enforcing the above policies. Disputes arising with regard to these policies will be resolved by the Principal Investigators. Requests for resolution of a dispute should be submitted to the lead Principal Investigator in writing. The Principal Investigator shall acknowledge receipt of the request and reach a determination within 90 days. Such determination will be communicated to the parties involved in writing.