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Public Access and Use of Electronically Archived Data: Ethical Considerations

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Spring 2001

- Brent L. Brock, Konza Prairie

Davis, M.A., D. Tilman, S.E. Hobbie, C.L. Lehman, P.B. Reich, J.M. Knops, S. Naeem, M.E. Ritchie, and D.A. Wedin. 2001. Public Access and Use of Electronically Archived Data: Ethical Considerations. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 82:90-91.

This brief article explores the ethical considerations regarding publishing and use of publicly available archived data. The authors stress the need for adoption of a code of ethics to encourage data sharing and protect researchers from inappropriate or unethical use of their data. This article provides food for thought for data managers and ecology researchers alike.