• All investigators participating in POST agree to promptly submit their quality controlled data to the POST Data Archive at the latest by the end of the six-month period from the end of the field campaign (15 August 2008) to facilitate inter-comparison of results, quality control checks and inter-calibrations, as well as an integrated interpretation of the combined data set.

  • During the initial data analysis period, defined as a one-year period following the agreed submission deadline to the POST archive, POST PIs will have exclusive access to this data. This initial analysis period is designed to provide an opportunity to quality control the combined data set as well as to provide the investigators ample time to publish their results.

  • All data will be considered public domain one year after the agreed submission deadline to the POST archive (i.e., on 16 August 2009 and thereafter). Data generated and submitted to the POST archive by a Principal Investigator (PI) can be provided within the first year and at the discretion of the PI to colleagues that are not PIs of POST. A list of PIs will be maintained by the POST Project Office.

  • During the initial data analysis 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 (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.

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