Northeast Consortium

• University of New
• Massachusetts
  Inst. of Technology
• University of Maine
• Woods Hole
  Oceanographic Inst.

Northeast Consortium Administrative Office

164 Morse Hall
Univ. of New Hampshire
8 College Road
Durham, NH 03824 USA

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About the Fisheries and Ocean
Data Management System

Many projects funded by the Northeast Consortium investigate species that are a managed fishery in the Gulf of Maine. Data from these projects may provide crucial information to management, increasing the likelihood that regulations will be set at appropriate levels. We would like to help scientists involved in these projects get their results onto the right person's desk, so that the information can be put to good use.

Data are added to the Fisheries and Ocean Data Management System, which allows internet access to an interactive, searchable archive of data from Consortium-funded research. This site has a clear data acknowledgment policy which in summary, states that the data are intended for scholarly use by the academic, management, industry and scientific community, with the express understanding that any such use will properly acknowledge the originating investigator.

Northeast Consortium projects are publicly funded, and therefore the data gathered for the project must be made publicly available. We respect the desires of researchers who would like to refrain from submitting data until it has been published, and allow a three year grace period from the collection date for this purpose. If other data are gathered which is not critical to the publication, we strongly encourage researchers to make it available at the earliest convenience. If you have a website which allows access to project data, we can add a link to this site in our database.

The Data Management System

The Fisheries and Oceans Data Management System uses the JGOFS/GLOBEC (U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study/GLOBal Ocean ECosystem dynamics) data management software to serve data. The software is designed so the public can look at, manipulate, and retrieve data and is compatible with any computer that has a standard web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, etc.

Data can be added to the system in a variety of forms including tables, spreadsheets, and Matlab files. Data can also be served directly from other data management systems, such as Oracle, and other systems that support Internet access and the SQL interface. Images and movies can also be served, subject to file size/resolution constraints.

The data system displays the data on the web page in a number of ways; typically data are organized hierarchically and actual data values are displayed. In addition, data can be graphed in an X-Y plot format or downloaded in several formats including ASCII tables, and Matlab, zip, and tar files.

Data Ownership

Data are the intellectual property of the collecting investigator(s). The intellectual investment and time committed to the collection of a data set entitles the investigator to the fundamental benefits of the data set. Publication of descriptive or interpretive results derived immediately and directly from the data is the privilege and responsibility of the investigators who collect the data. We respect the desires of researchers who would like to publish data prior to making the data publicly available. Researchers are strongly encouraged to submit all data as soon as possible after the completion of their project. We will work with researchers on a case-by-case basis to allow a grace period, typically three years from the date of data collection, for publication purposes. Data will be appended to the database, but will not be accessible to third parties until the grace period has expired.

Use of the Data

The data are intended for scholarly use by the industry, management, and academic and scientific communities, with the express understanding that any such use will properly acknowledge the originating investigator, the Northeast Consortium, and NOAA Fisheries. Use or reproduction of any data or images for any commercial purpose is prohibited without prior written permission from the Northeast Consortium Data Management Office. Any person making substantial use of a data set must communicate with the investigators who acquired the data prior to publication and anticipate that the data collectors may expect to be co-authors of published results. This extends to model results and to data organized for retrospective studies.

FODMS guidance

For Assistance

If you would like assistance in getting results of your research to management or submitting data to the Fisheries and Oceans Data Management System, contact Rachel Feeney at or (603) 862-2276.

Read our Guidance Document for more information.

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