Data Policies

FLUXNET2015 Data Policy

The FLUXNET2015 Data Policy applies to the FLUXNET2015 Dataset based on the agreement on June 6, 2014, with implementation details updated on December 15, 2015. The Tier One policy was revised on February 6, 2020 to be consistent with the CC-BY-4.0 data usage license. The acknowledgment text was updated February 6, 2020.

The FLUXNET2015 Dataset and its data policy are designed to facilitate synthesis activities involving a large number of sites.  All studies should acknowledge the FLUXNET2015 Dataset and also follow Tier One (CC-BY-4.0) and Tier Two data policies as appropriate for the sites they use—see below. Studies limited to a single region or a small number of sites are encouraged to reference site publications and/or include site-specific DOIs (provided with the data download).

When data are downloaded, data users are asked to describe the intended use for the data when they fill out the data-download form; this intended-use statement will be emailed to the data producer(s) and posted on the Fluxdata website (https://fluxnet.org).

 


TIER ONE

Tier One data are available following the guidelines of the CC-BY-4.0 data usage license (Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0); https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). That license specifies that the data user is free to Share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and/or Adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose.

Data use should follow these attribution guidelines for Tier One:

  • Cite the data-collection paper [Pastorello et al. 20201]
  • List each site used by its FLUXNET ID and/or per-site DOIs in the paper (these DOIs are provided with download)

It is recommended that data users inform data providers of forthcoming publications using their data (email list is provided with data download) and cite individual sites’ DOIs for data used when feasible.

 

TIER TWO

Tier Two data include six additional sites (RU-Sam, RU-SkP, RU-Tks, RU-Vrk, SE-St1, ZA-Kru) that are available only for scientific and educational purposes, and under this policy, data producers must have opportunities to collaborate and consult with data users. Substantive contributions from data producers result in co-authorship.

Data users who intend to publish research using Tier Two data must:

  • contact the data providers (email list is provided with data download) when you begin research that could lead to a publication. As a guideline to interaction between data users and providers, data providers must be given at least, and respond within, three weeks to contribute to analysis and manuscript after the first draft is completed.

Data use should follow these attribution guidelines for Tier Two Data: 

  • Cite the data-collection paper [Pastorello et al. 20201] (note: Tier Two-only sites are not part of this paper, but relevant descriptions for data and processing are included)
  • List each site used by its FLUXNET ID and/or per-site DOIs in a table in the paper. (these DOIs are provided with download)

It is recommended that papers cite individual sites’ DOIs for data used when feasible.

 

IMPORTANT: In case of a synthesis using both Tier One and Tier Two data, all data should be treated as Tier Two.


1 Pastorello, G., Trotta, C., Canfora, E. et al. The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Sci Data 7, 225 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-0534-3
  Download citation: [.bib, .ris]
  Note: paper co-authored by data teams and members of all site teams contributing to FLUXNET2015 Tier One sites.

 

 



Data policies for previous dataset:

  • LaThuile Dataset – La Thuile synthesis (2007)
  • Opened Dataset  – La Thuile synthesis (2007)
  • Free Fair-Use Dataset  – La Thuile synthesis (2007)