Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory
It is not ethical to publish data without proper attribution or co-authorship. The data are the
intellectual property of the collecting investigator(s).
The intellectual investment and time committed to the collection of a data set entitles the investigator
to the fundamental benefits of the data set. Publication of descriptive or interpretive results derived
immediately and directly from the data is the privilege and responsibility of the investigators who
collect the data.
The purpose of a data archive is to facilitate collaboration between scientists, the combination of
multiple data sets for interdisciplinary and comparative studies, and the development and testing of
new theories. The data contained in this system are made available even though they may not be
"final" (i.e. error free) data.
Any person making substantial use of a data set should communicate with the investigators who
acquired the data prior to publication and anticipate that the data collectors will be co-authors of
published results. This extends to model results and to data organized for retrospective studies.
The data available here are intended for scholarly use by the academic and scientific community, with
the express understanding that any such use will properly acknowledge the originating investigator.
Use or reproduction of any material herein for any commercial purpose is prohibited without prior
written permission from IMCS.