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Southern Ocean Observing System Data Policy

Bricher, Pip; Diggs, Steve; SOOS Data Management Sub-Committee

The SOOS data policy is derived from the SCAR data policy, which is binding on all nations and researchers collecting data south of 60°S. Although there is no international agreement on data management for the waters and land north of 60°S, we hope that researchers working in these areas will voluntarily follow the SOOS data policy, which reflects international best practice in data sharing. 

The core principles of the SOOS data policy are: 

- Data sharing makes everyone’s science better 

- The faster data is shared (while respecting the data collector’s right to publish first) the more valuable it is to the community 

- Data contributors must have their intellectual property respected and appropriately acknowledged by users of that data 

- Data management should be a core part of all research projects, rather than something added at the end

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