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Attribution of UNAVCO Support & Community Datasets

We provide here guidance for attributing UNAVCO services and community datasets. We consider attribution to be acknowledgment of UNAVCO GAGE Facility services and citation of UNAVCO Community datasets.

Acknowledgment of GAGE Support

If you utilized UNAVCO GAGE services including Geodetic Infrastructure, Data services, or Education and Community Engagement in conducting your research, please acknowledge us and our sponsors.

To acknowledge support since October 2018 from UNAVCO and the GAGE Facility (including the Network of the Americas (NOTA), the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), CoCONet and TLALOCnet):

This material is based on services provided by the GAGE Facility, operated by UNAVCO, Inc., with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under NSF Cooperative Agreement EAR-1724794.

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Data Citation Guidance

The UNAVCO Data Policy governs data archiving, accessibility and attribution. UNAVCO's policies and procedures are consistent with ethical considerations and best practices of data use as described by Pritchard et al. (2012) Eos article https://doi.org/10.1029/2012EO260006 and will facilitate data citation as envisioned by the NSF Geoscience Directorate. We are committed to Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data principles (https://doi.org/10.1029/2017EO088425). UNAVCO is also a certified ICSU World Data Systems (WDS) Regular Member.

The UNAVCO GAGE Facility archives datasets and derived data products that have been collected by many community investigators funded by a variety of sources. The data user bears sole responsibility for recognizing the role of the data provider through co-authorship, citation, sponsor acknowledgment, and/or other attribution, as appropriate and consistent with professional standards and sponsor requirements.

To facilitate data citation, we provide Digitial Object Identifier (DOI) assignments for all suitably-archived, publishable datasets (including GPS/GNSS, TLS, and SAR data and products). A citation using a dataset's DOI in a publication's reference list provides appropriate attribution. We believe that the ability to cite datasets using DOIs will encourage ethical use of free and open data. In addition to fostering data citation, DOIs are useful for accessing specific datasets or versions of datasets, and for tracking provenance. If you are using a particular dataset that does not yet have a DOI, please contact us to see if DOI minting can be expedited. If needed, multiple DOIs can be aggregated into a single (new) DOI for ease of citation when many datasets are being referenced; contact dataunavco.org to arrange aggregate DOIs.

GPS/GNSS Dataset DOI Search

Community contributors of datasets in the UNAVCO Archive and others can view the DOI information for published datasets through our GPS/GNSS Dataset DOI Search. NOTE: We have DOIs for our SAR and TLS holdings, but are working to integrate their search into the following search tool that, for now, only servers GPS/GNSS dataset DOIs.

Search GPS/GNSS Dataset DOIs


A minimal citation for a dataset contains the following elements (all obtainable through our DOI search interface):

Author(s), Publication Year, Title, UNAVCO Inc., DOI.

The recommended full citation includes additional elements for the date you accessed the data and the date range of the subset of data you used, when applicable:

Author(s), Publication Year, Title, UNAVCO Inc., Boulder, CO, dataset type, DOI, date accessed, subset used.

Example - Citation of a Campaign

Miller, M. Meghan, 2001, Baja California 1996, UNAVCO Inc., Boulder, CO, GPS Campaign Data Set,
https://doi.org/10.7283/T5MW2F2D, accessed 1 Aug 2013.

Example - Citation of a Permanent/Continuous Station

Bendick, Rebecca, 2012,  Southwest Montana GPS  Network, BSPC – Big Sheep  Creek P.S.,
UNAVCO Inc., Boulder, CO, GPS Continuous Station Data Set, https://doi.org/10.7283/T54M92GS,
accessed 25 Jun 2013, time-windowed subset 2011-09-09 through 2011-11-30.

See also our Related Attribution Policies & Practices page for additional guidance.

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