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Terms and Conditions for Website Use and Data Submission and Reuse:

By using this Website you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Creative Commons License
All datasets and associated information are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Per the CC BY 4 license it is understood that any use of the data set will properly acknowledge the PI.

BCO-DMO recommends that you contact the original principal investigator (PI) should you require additional information about the data beyond what is available on this site. In the event that the data originator is not available, please contact BCO-DMO (info@bco-dmo.org) for guidance. 

By submitting data, metadata, and any other content to BCO-DMO, submitters warrant that they own the rights to the content and are authorized to do so under original copyright. Items in BCO-DMO are protected under original copyright with all rights reserved, where applicable (e.g., documents such as related publications, cruise reports, manuals, etc.). *Data themselves are not copyrightable (see 17 U.S.C. Sec. 102).

By submitting data and information, the submitter grants BCO-DMO the rights needed to copy, store, redistribute, and share data, metadata, and any other content. By validating and making their data publicly available, submitters grant BCO-DMO and any other users the right to reuse their data according to the terms of the CC BY 4 license.

Data Set Citation:

Data set citation should include these key components:
Principal Investigator (PI) name(s) (VERSION YEAR) title of dataset, data version date, publisher or distributor, date accessed/retrieved by you, DOI or URL of the data set

Example Data Set Citations:

Buesseler, K. (2006) "VERTIGO Cruise Event Log." Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Dataset version: 5 September 2006. http://www.bco-dmo.org/dataset/2957 [access date]

Twining, B. (2016). “Element Quotas of Individual Synechococcus Cells Collected During Bermuda Atlantic Time-Series Study (BATS) Cruises Aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer between 2012-07-11 and 2013-10-13”. Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) Dataset version 05/06/2016. doi:10.1575/1912/bco-dmo.651474 [access date]

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