Data Sharing Toolkit

BOX III – Policies and Principles

Below are some useful guiding principles and overarching data policies that can be considered when beginning to address, or trying to improve, the data management and sharing practices of your project, programme and/or action.

It may also in some instances for Programmes to consider an adapted overarching Data Policy and Terms of Use.

NOAA has implemented the Data Management Planning Procedural Directive to ensure that data are properly documented, made accessible, and preserved for future use. All NOAA or NOAA contractors who are generating data have to apply the Directive when managing digitally formatted environmental data and derived data products resulting from observing systems, numerical models, human-collected measurements, research projects, or other acquisition methods. Read the Directive:

With the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven initiative in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government’s National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation. Find out more:

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