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Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas
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NatureCounts Policy on Use and Publication of Data
March 2012


Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas

The Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas policy is to encourage staff, volunteers, partners and others outside the organization to publish important findings, based in whole or in part on The Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data, in appropriate publications. It is also the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas policy that appropriate credit is given to the organization for its contribution(s) to the publication of such findings.

All publication(s) or product(s) using any Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data are required to adhere to the present policy.

Multiple uses of Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data.

Unless otherwise arranged, all Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data are provided to researchers and/or authors with the clear understanding that they will be used for one purpose only as specified in the data request (e.g. proposed publication, graduate thesis). If the researchers and/or authors wish to use the same data for a purpose different from that of the original request, the researchers and/or authors must re-apply for permission.

Redistribution of the data

No data provided by the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas can be distributed beyond the researchers and/or authors requesting the data without specific approval. Raw Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data cannot be made available for download through the Internet, but derived data (e.g., maps, tables, etc.) are usually acceptable. If you plan to present derived data (e.g., maps, tables) on the Internet, the nature of the visualization(s) must be specified in your data request. If Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data retrieved from the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas website or from NatureCounts are to be used for web-based products (maps, summaries, etc.), please see the Acknowledgement section below with regard to citation and logos.

Approval Process

Requests for data at Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) Level 3 or 4 must be accompanied by a one to two page written proposal outlining the nature and topic of the research, submitted with the data request through the data access portal on the MBBA website or NatureCounts. If the proposal is acceptable, Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas or Bird Studies Canada staff will approve the data release and inform the researchers and/or authors. In some cases, the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas will have to consult with partners or clients before data can be released. Release of precise geographic locations of species at risk in particular will generally be restricted and only provided when the need has been clearly demonstrated.

Fee for Data

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data accessed through the MBBA website or NatureCounts do not normally entail any data processing fees. Requests that require additional manual data extractions or analyses will typically be charged a fee of CA$75 per hour, CA$500 per day or CA$1500 per week to extract and assemble data. The Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas will consider waiving this fee, in part or in full, for project partners and not-for-profit researchers and/or authors.

Authorship and Acknowledgements

If a request for data is accompanied by proposed research involving significant contributions by Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas staff, then agreement on the role of involved staff, joint authorship, and order of authors on publications must be reached before the data are released.

The researchers and/or authors agree to acknowledge the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas, as well as the clients or partners when applicable, in all relevant publications using the statement provided below. Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas review of manuscripts (or parts thereof) before submission to journals is requested as a courtesy, especially in cases where the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas operating practice or policy or is a subject of discussion or conclusions.

Citation of Data

We recommend that Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data accessed from the MBBA website or NatureCounts be cited as follow:

Bird Studies Canada, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry. 2012. Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas Database. Data accessed from the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas website and/or NatureCounts, a node of the Avian Knowledge Network, Bird Studies Canada. Available: http://www.naturecounts.ca/. Accessed: <>.

Acknowledgement of Data

In addition, we require that the following statement be included in the acknowledgement section of any publication:

Thanks to the official sponsors of the Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas (Bird Studies Canada, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry) for supplying Atlas data, and to the thousands of volunteer participants who gathered data for the project.

If Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data retrieved from the MBBA website or from NatureCounts are to be used for web-based products (maps, summaries, etc.), you must contact us at Atlasmaritimes@gmail.com or at naturecounts@bsc-eoc.org for instructions on the use of the applicable contributor or partner logo(s) and website link(s).

Copyright

The Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas retains the copyright on all data provided to researchers and/or authors.

Revocation of Privileges

Any researcher/author not abiding by this policy or the terms of the Data Request and Release Form and Publication Agreement may forfeit any future access to Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas data.

 

 
 

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