Options for co-operation

You can co-operate with the network in two possible ways:

By providing new data: We are compiling original data. These include the routine monitoring, that estimate the species densities and identities. However, other types of data that would allow to analyse species distribution patterns, or diversity of communities, especially when covering larger spatial scales, are equally valuable. Minimum information required for a record to be included in the dataset are: date of sampling, latitude, longitude, and type of the sample. When the profile has been sampled in more than one vertical hauls, each depth sample should ideally be provided separately, with its own top and bottom depths. Samples and profiles will be given a running ID in the large dataset, and equipped with data provider and source file labels. See also Data policy for the rules of using and sharing data within the group.

By collaborating in the analyses and paper writing: Most expensive data is data that is not used. The members of the group acknowledge that one of the key bottlenecks in the ecology are good ideas, people with good ideas and people with statistical and analytical skills to carry out the research on data to realize the good ideas. All of the three are of high value and very much expected. Following the general principles of co-operation as outlined in Data Policy document, anyone can participate and co-operate with the data providers in this network on the same grounds as the members of this network co-operate with each other - by coming up with clear plan and proposal regarding the data needs, co-authorship and acknowledgments etc.

If you have any ideas on what might possibly be done with this data, do not hesitate to contact us ( or any of the data providers directly.