LEE Data Policy

LEE Data Policy

  1. All investigators participating in LEE agree to promptly SUBMIT their final Quality Controlled data to the LEE Data Archive Center (LDAC) (or to an archive as specified in the LEE Data Management Plan) along with required dataset documentation within 6 months after the end of the field phase (31 July 2023) to facilitate inter-comparison of results, quality control checks and inter-calibrations, as well as an integrated interpretation of the combined dataset.  Note that some data may be collected through 31 March 2023 and that data will be archived within 6 months of the end of its collection period. Data will be RESTRICTED for an additional 6 months (until 31 January 2024) following the data submission period so that Principal Investigators (PIs) may have exclusive access to the LEE data.
  2. During this restricted data access period, defined as a total of a 12 month period following the end of the LEE Field Project Deployment, LEE Principal Investigators (PIs) may have exclusive access to this data. This time period is designed to provide an opportunity to refine algorithms to reflect real-world observations and quality control the combined dataset as well as to provide the investigators ample time to publish their results. Data may be password protected upon the request of the data provider.
  3. All EOL platform and instrument data will follow the EOL Data Policy.
  4. All data in the LDAC will be considered Public Domain at 12 months following the end of the LEE Field Project Deployment (i.e., on 1 Feb 2024 and thereafter). A dataset within the LEE archive can be opened to the public domain earlier at the discretion of the data provider for this particular dataset.   
  5. All data shall be promptly provided to other LEE investigators upon request. All LEE investigators will have equal access to all data. A list of LEE investigators will be maintained by NCAR/EOL and will include the Principal Investigators (PIs) directly participating in the field experiment as well as collaborating scientists who have provided guidance in the planning and analysis of LEE data.
  6. During the restricted data access period, the investigator(s) who collected the data must be notified first of the intent to use the data, in particular if data is to be provided to a third party (e.g., journal articles, presentations, research proposals, other investigators). It is strongly encouraged that PIs responsible for acquisition of data be invited to become collaborators and co-authors on any projects, publications and presentations. If the contribution of the data product is significant to the publication, the PIs responsible for generating a measurement or a data product should be offered the right of co-authorship. Any use of the data should include an acknowledgment (i.e., citation). In all circumstances, the PIs responsible for acquisition of data should be acknowledged appropriately. Following availability in the public domain, users of the data are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant PIs prior to incorporating it into peer-reviewed publications.
  7. International agencies, professional societies, and research organizations are moving towards requiring researchers to formally cite data and sources that led to a given research result. To support this, DOIs or Digital Object Identifiers (considered “perpetual” identifiers) will be assigned to FINAL datasets housed within the LDAC. These DOIs should be used in LEE related publications. DOIs will not be created for preliminary data.


Event       Deadline      
Field Phase 5 November 2022 - 31 January 2023

Restricted Data Access Period (LEE Science Team members may have exclusive access to the data during this period.)

1 February 2023 -31 January 2024

Final Data Submission Deadline 31 July 2023
Data becomes Public Domain 1 February 2024