When To Use A Data Sharing Agreement

Access provisions: Whether the data is online or not, the agreement must specify who has what rights of access to the data, who has what rights to modify or modify the data and what methods of access to the data are provided. “One of the challenges facing the geodata community is to promote data sharing and collaboration between multiple agencies and organizations at multiple levels of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The success of data exchange and cooperation between agencies is based on the adoption of guiding principles, the identification of best practices and the recognition of challenges that may include political, scientific and technological issues. (National Geospatial Advisory Committee, 2011) Data sharing agreements are formal contracts that specify in detail what data will be shared and what data will be used appropriately. Chapter 500.26 of the USGS Investigation Manual – National Memorandum of Understanding states that “the wording [may be included in memoranda of understanding], such as: All data and information created as a result of this Letter of Intent shall be available for use by the USGS in conjunction with its ongoing programs. This includes, where appropriate, the publication of the results, except in cases prohibited for reasons of ownership and safety. Data sharing agreements protect against misuse of data and promote early communication between authorities on issues relating to data processing and use.