Data policy

Executive summary

As part of the international multidisciplinary programme MISTRALS (Mediterranean Integrated Studies At Local And Regional Scales) for multi-disciplinary regional research in the Mediterranean region, MERMeX (Marine Ecosystems Response in the Mediterranean Experiment) is an international cooperative research programme that aims at a better understanding of the functioning and alteration of marine ecosystems to anthropogenic and climatic changes in the Mediterranean. To achieve its goals, MERMeX will document the characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystems based on a synergy between (i) nested enhanced and special field observation periods over several years from 2010, (ii) existing long term observation series from marine observatories and satellite missions, and (iii) coupled oceanographic-biogeochemistry-higher trophic level models.

The data collected during the programme will be gathered on a common database (Sedoo – Service de Données de l’OMP / ESPRI – IPSL) for secured, facilitated and enhanced availability. The present MERMeX data and publication policy defines the access rules to the data in order to best accommodate the data provider and user expectations. For datasets collected by MERMeX investigators, but benefiting totally or partially of supports from other origin than MISTRALS (e.g. European and national programmes, cruises on IFREMER vessels), the present data and publication policy does not substitute to that of the other funding agencies.

MERMeX non-public data are delivered to registered users only, for the sole purpose of scientific studies de – signed to meet MERMeX objectives and educational activities related to the dissemination of MERMeX science. Commercial use or exploitation of MERMeX data are strictly prohibited unless explicitly allowed by the data owner. The data received under the MERMeX policy shall never be redistributed to a third party.

If a data user makes an effective use of a dataset retrieved, he/she shall establish direct contacts with the principal investigator(s) of the data in order to offer collaboration. Co-authorship of MERMeX dataset users and principal investigator(s) should be the rule for papers making extensive use of MERMeX data. In any case, the origin of MERMeX data used in publications shall be appropriately acknowledged and referenced.

Publications making use of MERMeX data should be registered in the MERMeX bibliographic management system as soon as they are submitted to a journal, conference or other organisation.