Downloading data

Encouraging collaboration

LIMNADES currently holds a large amount of bio-optical measurements and the purpose of this webservice to try and encourage collaboration and get the data that is most relevant to the studies that need it. However, this process prioritises our contributors scientific interests first and we do not release data without appropriate permissions unless otherwise stated.

This platform however provides the utility to our users to explore the metadata of the data that we hold and allows them to make reasonable data requests. Remember, collecting in situ data requires a lot of effort and often costs a lot of money so we are not going to going to hand over the entire database; even if you ask nicely. With that said, there are some freely available datasets that contributor have made avaliable that you can download without the authors direct permission, but you need to be a member first. The process is easy - click on the link below

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Data policy

Contribute data

Data expansion

One of the primary aims of the LIMNADES project over the coming years is the expand the LIMNADES database. We adopt the philosphy if you are going to request data it is only fair that some effort is made to contribute data back, so that everyone gets the best out of collaboration.

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Dataset statistics

We polite ask that you check any results before submitting and provide appropriate metadata so that the results are intepretable to us and other research groups. We have a number of templates to help you submit data. With all submissions, you will be asked to accept one of the following data policies. If you are ready to submit data, please register and log in and follow instructions in the data submission panel.

Data Policy

Option A: Fully open licence:
    Your data can be freely distribute to LIMNADES members, for research and commercial purposes, acknowledging LIMNADES as the data source. As the owner of the dataset, if you choose this option you will not receive any data requests. However, if you log into the LIMNADES system you can check when and how many times your data has been downloaded.
Option B: Fully open, non-commercial licence:
    Same as A, but limited to non-commercial activities such as research projects.
Option C: Open, attribution license
    Only the metadata of your dataset will be able to be seen by fellow LIMNADES users. If a potential collaborator would like to use your data, they must formally request it through the LIMNADES webportal and explain why they want to use your data. This gives you the opportunity to decide whether you would like to share your data with that particular user and which way you want to collaborate. For example, the owner of the dataset can dictate how they want the data used and how they would like to be acknowledged. Co-authorship is not strictly required, but should be offered particularly where a publication draws heavily on data from one or more providers. At all times the data owner's identity (you) will be hidden.
Option D: Open, attribution license non commercial
    Same as C, but will specify non-commercial usage.
Option E: Attribution with co-authorship
    As D, but users should contact the original data provider for approval at an early stage where there is an intent to use their data in publications. Co-authorship is not strictly required, but should be offered particularly where a publication draws heavily on data from one or more providers.
Option F: Temporary storage and use in internal projects
    Data will be held securely at the University of Stirling and used in current research projects. Owners of data used in publications will have be offered coauthorship similar to many of the research articles published during the original GloboLakes project.