As discussed in the General Data Policy, for most ocean data there
are designated National Data Centers where data must be deposited.
These Centers and a brief description of the data
they support are described in Appendix I. Submission of data to alternate databases does not eliminate
the requirement for final deposition of data in these National Data
Focused programs supported by NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences
(OCE) may establish (in consultation with OCE Program Officers) more
stringent data submission procedures to meet the needs of such programs.
Investigators supported by these programs are required to follow these
data submission procedures. Examples of these Program Specific Requirements
are listed in Appendix II.
For some special programs and focused community
initiatives, alternative database activities exist. Some of these databases
are listed in Appendix
III. These databases may be funded by NSF, by other Federal Agencies,
or by non-governmental organizations. Principal Investigators are encouraged
to submit their data to these databases when appropriate. Since such
may not provide long-term archival capabilities, such submission will
satisfy the Principal Investigator's obligations only if the database
data to one of the National Data Centers.
Community standards for handling
genomic data are still evolving. Principal Investigators who employ
genomic techniques should articulate a strategy
for providing timely community access to the data collected and for establishing
links between genomic and environmental data. Sequence data should be
submitted to a publicly accessible data repository (e.g., National Center
Information). The human genome community has recently articulated a philosophy
of pre-publication access to sequence data, which is available at: http://www.genome.gov/page.cfm?pageID=10506537.