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What is Restricted Data?

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An important function of the DMC is to collect data, sort it, and make it readily available to a wider research community, especially with short-term temporary experiments (such as from PASSCAL, SEIS-UK, OBSIP, SISMOB-FR, and others) that have multiple partners conducting research, and don’t want to be burdened with distributing data while the research is underway. For this reason, there are data at the DMC that appear to be available in the holdings, but are restricted.

Data from PASSCAL (and some other temporary deployments) are subject to a two-year moratorium, allowing the Principal Investigators (PI’s) who carried out the scientific study the opportunity to report and publish results with exclusive access to their data. As a result, access is allowed only to designated investigators, where the experiment PI’s have sole authority to grant such access. At the end of the moratorium, barring extenuating circumstances, the data are released to open public access.

There are four generalized policies for what data are restricted:

A) IRIS/PASSCAL

The policy is that 2 (two) years after the last instrument is pulled from the field, data should become open.

B) OBSIP

The policy is that 2 (two) years after the last instrument is pulled from the field, data should become open.

C) SEIS-UK

The policy is that 3 (three) years after the last instrument is pulled from the field, data should become open.

D) SISMOB-FR

The policy is that 3 (three) years after the last instrument is pulled from the field, data should become open.

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