ACTIVE Data Protocol
The aims of the Data Protocol are
- to encourage rapid dissemination of scientific results from the ACTIVE
- to protect the rights of the individual scientists funded by ACTIVE;
- to have all the involved researchers treated equitably;
- to ensure the quality of the data in the ACTIVE data archive.
It is recognised that these aims may conflict at times, and it is hoped that the provisions of the
protocol resolve these conflicts fairly.
Therefore, all investigators involved in ACTIVE abide by
the following conditions.
(*) Documentation on formats, file names and metadata is provided by the BADC.
- The designated ACTIVE data centre is the BADC.
- Data and relevant model results produced during the project will be
communicated to all ACTIVE participants as soon as available.
- Any corrections or amendments to the preliminary data should be announced
as soon as possible.
- It is imperative that the ACTIVE Principal Investigator be consulted
when suspicious data is encountered or when interpretation of data
becomes dependent upon understanding the underlying technique.
- All validated processed data (i.e. data sets in their final form), as well
as quality-checked raw data that will have been recognised of general
interest to the community, will be archived at the BADC.
- It is left to the investigators to judge whether results from given model
runs are of prominent interest and worth to be archived at the BADC.
- Archival must take place no later than six months after collection or
- If an error in the data is signalled to the BADC after archival, the
updated version provided by the originator of the data will be archived
alongside the old version or will replace the old version, depending on the
nature of the error and in agreement with the data provider.
If the error is detected by a user, the originators of the data will be
consulted and only changes provided by them will be archived.
Both errors and updates will be reported and documented in the metadata
attached to the data files.
- It is the investigators' responsibility to ensure that the data
used in publications are the best available at that time.
Conditions of access
- Access to the ACTIVE data archive will be restricted to all ACTIVE participants during
the data collection and for a period of time of two years thereafter, after
which the data will be released to the public domain.
- Whilst the data are restricted from the public domain, no data should be
transferred to a third party without the originator's consent.
Data use and publication
- Should ACTIVE data be used to support a research study, it is essential
that the ACTIVE Principal Investigator will be made aware that the data
are being used.
- Whilst the data are restricted from the public domain,
all investigators have the right to refuse that their work, whether
measurement or calculation, be used in a publication or presentation
prior to the investigators' own publication of that work.
- If measurements or model results from scientists participating to ACTIVE
are used in a publication by an ACTIVE participant, joint authorship must
be offered. This does not necessarily have to be accepted, particularly in
cases where due credit and acknowledgement can be given in other, possibly
more appropriate, ways.
- Any publication or communication based on or using ACTIVE data
whether issued during or after the 2-year retention period
will duly acknowledge the individual
ACTIVE investigators responsible for the measurements.
Data format and metadata (*)
- Data submitted to the BADC must be in NetCDF or NASA Ames format and data
file names must follow the BADC File Name Convention.
- Complete metadata describing data, models and model results, regardless of
their archival location, must be supplied to the BADC.