NOAA Office for Coastal Management Data Policy for the NERRS National Monitoring Program
The protocols for data ownership, custodial liability, data submission
and data access have been developed in accordance with known Federal
guidelines and/or standards for environmental data collection activities.
The dataset enclosed within this package/transmission are only
as good as the quality assurance and quality control procedures
outlined by the enclosed metadata reporting statement. The user
bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further
analyses or comparisons. The Federal Government does not assume
liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal
Government indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any
losses resulting in any way from the use of this dataset.
Metadata Dissemination Policy
This dataset was collected under NOAA's National Estuarine Research
Reserve System's (NERRS) National Monitoring Program. The principal
investigator (PI) listed in the enclosed metadata reporting statement
retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and
processed the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the
PI and NERRS site where the data were collected should be fully
acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of
this dataset is used. Manuscripts resulting
from this NOAA/OCM-supported research and data collection effort
that are produced for publication in open literature, including
refereed scientific journals, shall acknowledge that the research
was conducted under an award from the Estuarine Reserves Division,
Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration.
Data Ownership and Dissemination Policy
Data collected in conjunction with the National Estuarine Research
Reserve System's (NERRS) National Monitoring Program is considered
public information. The principal investigators (PIs) responsible
for collecting data at each NERRS site must process the data using
Estuarine Reserve Division (ERD) approved quality assurance and
quality control (QAQC) protocols. The PI has three (3) months
from the date of data collection to process the data, and then
three (3) months from the date of data processing to transmit the
QAQC processed data to ERD or an ERD approved Centralized Data
Management Office (CDMO) in accordance with the standard rules
for application to oceanographic data sets (NOAA Administrative
Order 216-101). The schedule reflected below assumes an adequate
and uninterrupted funding for the monitoring effort at each site,
therefore the data processing and the transmission timetable may
be adjusted accordingly.
Unpublished intellectual property owned and developed by the
recipient with federal assistance funds, i.e., processed data,
will not be officially disseminated to the public for a period
of one (1) year from the date of data processing. After one (1)
year the QAQC processed data will be made officially available
to the general public on the Internet by the CDMO. However, if
the data are requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act,
the Government is required to release any data which are transferred
to the Government by the recipient under the award.
An awardee may own a copyright on the publication of the processed
data developed or bought under a Federal assistance award. The
Federal awarding agency reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive,
and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use,
and to authorize others to use, for Federal government purposes,
the copyright in any work developed under an award, or any rights
of copyright purchased by an awardee with Federal assistance support
(15 C.F.R. 24.34). Any such publication will include a notice identifying
the award and recognizing the license rights of the government
under this clause. This paragraph will have no force and effect
for the processed data not published by the recipient.
NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program data. The NERRS retains the right to be fully credited for having
collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the
data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications
in which any part of the data are used. The data set enclosed within this package/transmission
is only as good as the quality assurance and quality control procedures outlined by the enclosed
metadata reporting statement. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in
any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the
Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient
for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data.
To learn more about the water quality, meteorological and nutrient parameters and units collected for the System-wide Monitoring Program, visit the parameter explanation page at http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu/data/parameters.cfm.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the data or the QAQC process used.