The data available in this database has been shared by individual scientists or teams with the scientific community in the belief that their wide dissemination will lead to greater understanding and new scientific insights and that the addressing global scientific problems requires international cooperation. Part of the data have been acquired in the context of national and international research projects and in these cases specific project policies could apply (see the project interfaces). In the view of a simplification of the existing policies, data access and data use regulations have been separated and each of them has two possible options, explained below.
The data access policy regulates the possibility of a registered user to download the data. The data access policy is independent to the data use policy, because there could be users interested to get the data only to reproduce existing studies without any plan of publication or presentation.
The data with public access policy are available directly to all the registered users. Sharing the data in such a way increases the level of transparency and encourages new potential users and data providers. In general, data collected during EU projects are shared under this policy 1-2 years after the end of the project but there are also single PIs that may decide to share their new data under this access policy. To access the data the user has to register or log-in and use the Data Request page to prepare a query. The data will be sent by email (link to download) as soon as the data are ready.
There are data stored in the database that are not directly and openly shared with the scientific community since they are part of active projects or simply because the data owner requested this. However it is still possible to ask access to these data exactly as for the open access data (log-in and request preparation in the Data Request page). These data however will be sent to the user only after the authorization by the data PI (Principal Investigator of the site). When the data access request is submitted, an email is automatically sent by the system to all the PIs responsible of sites with restricted data access policy that will decide to authorize or not the download based mainly on the planned data use indicated in the data request.
Key title: GTN-P database
Using the data it is requested to respect the data use policy reported below and that will be also attached to the data. It is mandatory to fully respect the data use policy and this will help to develop a trustful and collaborative relations between data users and data providers. As for the data access, there are two main and different data use policies that the PIs or the management of the funding measurements projects decide to associate with.
This data use policy is inspirited to the open and free exchange of data and information in and between scientific communities. The use is regulated by simple requests that are needed to properly acknowledge the work done at the sites. Here below it is reported the full text of the data use policy::
The data you downloaded have been acquired during past or ongoing European Research projects or furnished by individual scientists who encourage their use under an open data policy that emphasizes the free and open exchange of scientific information.
The data are made freely available to the public and the scientific community in the belief that their wide dissemination will lead to greater understanding and new scientific insights and that global scientific problems require international cooperation. Data download is unrestricted and requires only a free registration needed for web security reasons.
The data owners and EU projects that decided to share these data openly rely on the ethics and integrity of the users to assure that the data providers and funding projects and agencies receive fair credit for their work through inclusion of the texts provided below in the acknowledgment.
An email has been automatically sent to the contact person of each dataset downloaded to inform them about your interest in the data. We kindly ask you to send accepted papers or links to them to the database staff and PIs of the sites used in the paper. It is also recommended to contact the site PIs prior to publication to prevent potential misuse or misinterpretation of the data; if the work is based on only a few sites, this contact is strongly recommended.
Downloaded data cannot be redistributed to others and must not be redistributed via other websites, databases r any other storage system to prevent circulation of different versions of the datasets.
The use of the data shared under this policy requires an interaction with the PI in order to evaluate the interest of the site staff to get involved in the study, give additional intellectual input and become co-author of the work.
The data you downloaded have been acquired during past or ongoing research projects or furnished by individual scientists who decided to share their measurements through a database in the view of potential collaborations and join activities.
The data are made freely available to the public and the scientific community for their activities but the use is governed by the REGULATED DATA USE POLICY reported in this document. The data owners and projects that decided to share these data rely on the ethics and integrity of the users to assure that the Data Use Policy is fully respected.
Data users are requested to inform the data owners about the planned activities and INVITE them to contribute to the work with additional intellectual inputs, analysis and discussions that would lead to a co-authorship. The invitation to contribute should be based on a first draft of results still open enough to be discussed and changed on the basis of the feedback from data owners.
In all the cases (e.g. if the data owner is not interested to contribute) it is requested to properly acknowledge the data providers and the funding agencies using the texts provided below and to inform the database staff and data owner about publications that include these data.
More information about the project-specific data policies can be found in the relevant project websites and interfaces.
Downloaded data cannot be redistributed to others and must not be redistributed via other websites, databases or any other storage systems to prevent circulation of different versions of the datasets.