University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
Bar-coded samples ready to be wieghed. Recording data in the field.A group of hand labelled samples with a check-off sheet.

Data Use Policies

LTER funded datasets are made available as per the LTER Network Data Access Policy.  

Types of Data

LTER dataset are catogorized as one of two types.

Type 1:  Public Data

These data are made made public within two years of collection and no later than the publication of the major findings from the data.

Type 2: Restricted Data

Certain, uncommon datasets are not released to the public.  They may include the locations of rare or endangered species, human subject data, or data previously covered under copyright or other agreement.  These data are released to a restricted audience by the owners of the data.

Code of Ethics and Rules for Use of Cedar Creek LTER and Related Data

As a condition for access to data provided by researchers of the Cedar Creek LTER, the user agrees to abide by the following code of ethics.

A. The user agrees to notify the Cedar Creek LTER scientists who gathered data prior to use in any publication. The user acknowledges that these data were gathered by Cedar Creek scientists because they had already perceived the importance of these data for a variety of scientific and societal issues. The user will provide them with formal recognition that, at their discretion, may include co-authorship or acknowledgements on publications.
B. The user realizes that the researchers who gathered these data may be using them for scientific analyses, papers or publications that are currently planned or in preparation, and that such activities have precedence over any that the user might wish to prepare. In this case, the user's preparation of any work may be delayed, at the option of the Cedar Creek researchers involved, until their work is completed.
C. Because it may be possible to misinterpret a data set if it is taken out of context, the user will seek the assistance and opinion of those Cedar Creek researchers involved in the design of a study and the collection of the data as the user analyzes the data. Moreover, the user realizes that this dataset may not be complete, and it may contain errors. 
Publishing guidelines

Any papers or products using data collected at Cedar Creek or using data from the Cedar Creek databases should include the following in their acknowledgments in addition to any project specific acknowledgments.

This work was supported by grants from the US National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) including DEB-0620652 and DEB-1234162. Further support was provided by the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and the University of Minnesota.