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Data Sharing and Copyright Policies

Data generated and/or collated through iBMS will be made freely available for scientific analysis and publications, and for conservation-related policy documents. To serve people with diverse goals and motivations, iBMS will implement a three-tier data copyright system in which contributors can opt from: (a) creative commons, non-commercial copyright (CC-BY-NC), (b) embargoed contributions (3-yr or 5-yr embargoes, depending on the timeline in which contributors would like to publish their results, after which the data will move to CC-BY-NC license), and (c) individually copyrighted data (©). Masters and PhD students, post-docs and young professionals may find the embargoed option particularly attractive.

More detailed data sharing and copyright policies may be made available on this page in consultation with data contributors as more datasets are contributed.