The CPR Survey has an open and transparent approach to data availability, data requests and data citation. The Survey believes its plankton observation, ancillary datasets and associated metadata should be freely available to collaborating researchers. Increasing the number of scientists that can access and work with CPR Survey datasets will accelerate the progress of marine ecological science and understanding; enhancing the societal benefit derived from Survey data.
2018 is a milestone year for the CPR Survey, marking 60 years of continuous monitoring in the North Atlantic. Further information and how the CPR Survey is marking the occasion here
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Data request process
The process to request access to CPR Survey data is as follows:
- Enquiries for access to CPR data and samples should be made via the Data Request Form
- Within one week of submission, the Laboratory or IT Manager will contact the request originator to clarify the request and/or provide a data licence agreement for signature
- Data will be extracted and the dataset specified in the data licence agreement will be produced by the CPR Survey Data Product Team
- A custom Digital Object Identifier (DOI) will be minted and a copy of the dataset archived by the CPR Survey
- On receipt of the signed data licence agreement the dataset will be released. It is only for use as set out by the terms and conditions of the data licence agreement
- The data request originator will be paired with a member of CPR Survey staff who will act as on-going point of contact and collaborator once the requested dataset has been released. The Survey staff collaborator will also provide expertise and advice in data use and interpretation
The CPR Survey data licence grants permissions for users to work on a specified Survey dataset for a limited period of time. At the expiry of this permission, the original and all copies of the dataset must be destroyed.
Datasets are provided with an embedded CPR Survey attribution, suggested citation and Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which must be used to acknowledge the dataset as specified in the data licence agreement.
The CPR Survey requires individuals in possession of CPR Survey data to report to the Survey, for the lifetime of the data licence agreement, on the use of the data, its inclusion into data products and dissemination through publication.
The CPR Survey expects that co-authorship will be offered to Survey staff in response to their active collaboration on projects requiring the use of CPR Survey data products.