The data contained in ForestPlots.net are based on the shared vision and hard work of hundreds of people across the globe. We all want to see this collaborative effort continue and grow, and so we have a code of conduct that we ask all contributors to read and sign.
Data categories and management
Access and use of data is restricted to users on terms specified by the plot data manager and/or plot PI. Permissions to view, edit and upload data are granted on a plot by plot basis.
Plot data managers and PIs have full access to their data so they can view and edit information already stored in the database and upload new data. Basic access level allows the user to view only plot metadata (i.e. not the tree by tree data) for particular plot/plots. Plots with completely restricted access are those for which no user except the data managers and PIs can view any of the information.
Database physical location and management
The ForestPlots.net database is hosted at the University of Leeds and is managed by Aurora Levesley (School of Geography). Download activity is recorded by ForestPlots.net.
The role of the database manager and the database team is to facilitate information exchange among scientists. Decisions on access to data rest with the plot data manager and PIs.