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Attribution of UNAVCO Support & Community Data Sets

UNAVCO Policies

UNAVCO archives data sets 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 acknowledgement, and/or attribution, as appropriate and consistent with professional standards and sponsor requirements.

Data provider contact information accompanies archive holdings. The easiest way to obtain this information is to send a request to dataunavco.org (see 2012 UNAVCO GPS/GNSS Data Policy FAQ for additional guidance). Data users typically must contact the data provider to obtain current publication and award citation information.

To reference data sets collected by UNAVCO, such as Plate Boundary Observatory or Africa Array, see Acknowledgement of UNAVCO Support & Community Data Sets.

To facilitate data citation, UNAVCO has also implemented a Digitial Object Identifier (DOI) assignment mechanism, currently for GPS/GNSS data and will be expanded for other data and data product types.

Note: The UNAVCO Data Policy governs data archiving and access at UNAVCO.

Organizational Policies

Professional standards for co-authorship, citation, or acknowledgment are established by professional organizations.
Some publishers provide for formal referencing of unpublished data sets held in national archives such as UNAVCO’s. You can find more information here:

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