ECN Data Centre Data Policy
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) holds Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for all ECN data jointly with each participant, participants having equal IPR with NERC for their own sites’ data. Data originators retain exclusive rights to ECN data collected at their own sites for applications outside the remit of ECN.
ECN has adopted the principles of the
NERC data policy for long-term management
and dissemination of data.
2. Data Access and Licensing
2.1 ECN Core Data
Data collected by the ECN Network are for the public good and will be made openly available for others to use. ECN will supply data for free (unless there are specific third-party licensing arrangements in place or if a request is particularly complex). The policy allows ECN researchers a period (a maximum of two years) to work on the data exclusively before data are made available to others. Data are made available under a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty free licence.
2.2 ECN Summary Data
ECN summary data are freely available, but subject to the conditions of use
stated in the ECN licence agreement. These conditions are repeated on the
relevant internet pages. Users must pass through this page to progress with
the database access system, and they accept the conditions by the act of
pressing the 'Accept Conditions and access the Data' button. Users and use are logged by email and IP
The ECN Data Centre does occasionally need to hold personal information about users – for example to administer data requests. This will be clearly indicated on the web page when we need to do this. This information will be held in the ECN Data Centre Database, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, and will only be used for ECN purposes.
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them, including how to block them or delete them, on AboutCookies.org (external link).
We use the following cookies:
Google Analytics: The ECN Data Centre uses Google Analytics to measure website traffic and help improve the effectiveness of this website. Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This allows us to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast. For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.
NERC. NERC Data Policy Statement: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/sites/data/policy/
V5, 13th Oct 2015