Data management & policy
TmFO is in dept with manifold scientists, students, field assistants and techniciens who actively contributed to set up, collect data and maintain the different study sites. Our greatest gratitude goes to them for enabling TmFO to exist and develop in the future.
Additionnally, TmFO's priority is to sustain research and capacity building in tropical Nations. To do so, Intellectual Property (IP) is seen as a cornerstone and TmFO strictly preserve IP of all partners institutions. A given data resides exclusively with the site leader(s) responsible for coordinating the collection or analysis of this data.
Raw data (= forest inventories) aren't shared among TmFO members. Each site leader(s) provides basic summary statistics (= summary data) produced according to a commonly defined protocol (see Data flow chart). Those data remain the intellectual property (IP) of the site leaders and their respective institution. IP is regulated according to IP policies of the institution who owned the data.