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MED-SUV Data policy

MED-SUV proposes the development and implementation of a digital infrastructure for data access and for volcanic risk management aimed at applying the rationale of Supersites GEO initiative to Campi Flegrei/Vesuvius and Mt. Etna. In such a project, an open data policy is needed in order to ensure that data will be managed properly and in an ethical manner and can be used and accessed from its community.
In MED-SUV there is a multitude of different partners with varying scientific, technical, legal and economic interests and therefore data and data products produced will be wide-ranging so it’s necessary to set principles and legal arrangements.
Within Europe several Directives and Regulations were brought into force recently, hence providing the leading guidelines in terms of the principle of openness to knowledge and access to scientific information.
We present here the leading principles of the data policy, as for instance Open Access, flexibility of approach in order to harmonize the different methods of data distribution among its partners, Creative Commons licensing, data preservation and unique identification through Persistent Identifiers.

The policy is based on a four steps methodology :

  • setting up of a dedicated Working Group (WG) ;
  • gathering primary information on Data management ;
  • take into account the overall European legal framework related to environmental data, information and databases ; and
  • adopt a common set of terminology.

MED-SUV fully recognizes the need to utilise Creative Commons as its main method of licensing and from a legal point of view the use of a common licensing scheme will grant legal certainty, encourage the data sharing and will control the whole data chain.

Particular care is dedicated to the importance of having a proper data citation in order to harmonize data preservation and unique identification through Persistent Identifiers.
MED-SUV meets the vision of a PID system that allows :

  • to give persistence of a digital object ;
  • to track the impact of data ; and
  • to ensure scientific transparency for data creators.

Being aware of the benefits of a common data management strategy in terms of visibility, promotion and dissemination, the coordination of the project is strengthening its efforts in defining a common data management strategy through EC Supersites planning joint activities in order to stimulate fruitful discussions with all the stakeholders chain.

Figure 1 - MED-SUV Data Policy political Framework

A joint policy or a Position Paper could be conceived among the EC Supersites (MarSite and FutureVolc, under the EPOS umbrella) to design an open model to support a heterogeneity of methods for a sustainable data management over time.

Work presented in EGU 2014 Supersites session, EGU2014-6700 abstract

Authors : Agata Sangianantoni and Giuseppe Puglisi
INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

Contact : Agata Sangianantoni (agata.sangianantoni[at]ov.ingv.it)

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