SeaDataNet has defined an overarching SeaDataNet Data policy, that aims to strike a balance between the rights of investigators and the need for widespread access through the free and unrestricted sharing and exchange of SeaDataNet data, meta-data and data products. The final goal of this policy is to serve the scientific community, public organisations, and environmental agencies, and to facilitate the production of advice and status reports by stating the conditions for data submission, access and use. This policy applies to data managed by SeaDataNet partners for providing access to data managed in the SeaDataNet distributed systems.
By maximizing the availability of data to the community at large, SeaDataNet promotes the use of these data, thereby ensuring that their maximum value can be realized and thus contribute to an increased understanding of the marine environment.
The SeaDataNet data policy is consistent with, and in the spirit of, national and international policies and laws. Applicable policies or laws are those related to UN conventions, policies of international bodies often within the UN, policies and laws of the European Union. The SeaDataNet data policy is intended to be fully compatible with the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on public access to environmental information, the INSPIRE Directive, IOC, ICES, WMO, GCOS, GEOSS and CLIVAR data principles.
Part of the SeaDataNet Data Policy is the SeaDataNet User Licence, to which every user agrees as part of the User Registration .
The Licence incorporates the following terms:
1. The Licensor grants to the Licensee a non-exclusive and non-transferable licence to retrieve and use data sets and products from the SeaDatanet service in accordance with this licence.
2. Retrieval, by electronic download, and the use of Data Sets is free of charge, unless otherwise stipulated.
3. Regardless of whether the data are quality controlled or not, SeaDataNet and the data source do not accept any liability for the correctness and/or appropriate interpretation of the data. Interpretation should follow scientific rules and is always the user's responsibility. Correct and appropriate data interpretation is solely the responsibility of data users.
4. Users must acknowledge data sources. It is not ethical to publish data without proper attribution or co-authorship. Any person making substantial use of data must communicate with the data source prior to publication, and should possibly consider the data source(s) for co-authorship of published results.
5. Data Users should not give to third parties any SeaDataNet data or product without prior consent from the source Data Centre.
6. Data Users must respect any and all restrictions on the use or reproduction of data. The use or reproduction of data for commercial purpose might require prior written permission from the data source.