The Caribbean Marine Atlas Phase 2, as a project developed on the “International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange” program (IODE) framework of the “Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission” (IOC) assume completely the IOC Oceanographic Data Exchange Policy. herefore this guide is a simply specification about data and information use and exchange policy for information management on the project platform, directed to promote common understanding of duties, rights and restrictions of information management in the Atlas, avoiding future misunderstandings.

All the countries, institutions and/or stakeholders which upload information on the Caribbean Marine Atlas, accept the policy considerations related to provide timely, free and unrestricted access to relevant data and information, to metadata and products associated generated because it´s a project sponsored by IODE project.

This document describes the information management guidelines (upload, use and distribution) on Caribbean Marine Atlas web platform, for accomplish minimal requirements of distributions permissions.

Principle

The CMA2 platform occur under the principle of “international interchange timely, free and unrestricted access of information for benefit to science and society” (IOC, 2013).

Given that is a platform with a function as a e-repository which receive information from many participants (providers and sources), was stablished a “Protocol to upload products“ which must be followed by each one of users authorized by the National Focal Point NFP of the country partners and the project coordination. Each NFP through this user carry out the uploading of CMA2 products (layers, maps or documents) following that Protocol. The protocol corresponds to a simple procedure where specify between others actions, selection of special permissions for the quality control team of the project, in order to once revised, can be published the products.

Disclaimer

Unless data, information or products are collected through activities funded by IOC/IODE, neither UNESCO, IOC, IODE, the CMA2 Coordination, nor its employees or contractors, own the data in CMA2 and they take no responsibility for the quality of data or products based on CMA2, or the use or misuse that people may make of them nor can it control or limit the use of any CMA2 data or products accessible through its website, other than through the use of this published information sharing and use terms and conditions.

Information sharing agreement

The information providers retain all rights and responsibilities associated with the data they make available to CMA2. National Focal Point of country partners warrant that they have made necessary agreements with the original information and data providers that it can make the information available to CMA2.

When information is made available to CMA2 is granted permission to:

Citations

Use the following format to cite derived products from CMA2:

CMA2 [year] [Information product e.g. Map of hurricane track for the Caribbean scale XXXX with xxx sources] [Authors and year of each source form metadata] (Available: Caribbean Marine Atlas Phase 2 http://www.caribbeanmarineatlas.net/ Accessed: YYYY-MM-DD).

CMA2 assumes the definitions on data, metadata, non-commercial cited in this guide, which are stipulated in the IODE Information Exchange Policy (http://www.iode.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=95).

References

IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. 2013. IOC OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA EXCHANGE POLICY. https://iode.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=95 Accessed 13-02-2017.

UNESCO 2016. Guidelines for a Research Data Management Plan. Paris. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, 16pp. 2016. (IOC Manuals and Guides, 73) (English.) (IOC/2016/MG/73).

OBIS. 2016. Data Policy en web de OBIS (http://www.iobis.org/data/policy/) Accessed 13-02-2017.

GEF GEF IW:LEARN. 2014. Data and Information Management and Use to Support Decision-making and Policy Cycle Implementation in Large Marine Ecosystems. A Guidance Note. 18 p.