Terms and Conditions for the Use of Yosemite tree Data

Data Request: In order to access the 25.6 ha Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot data a "Data Request Form" must be completed. This form requires that the applicant agree to comply with "Terms and Conditions" for the use of Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot data as described here. Proposals requesting data or site access from undergraduate or graduate students should be endorsed by and submitted through the student’s academic advisor.

Non-transferability: Prospective investigators are not permitted to share the Yosemite data with other parties not included on the Data Request Form.

Citation: Any publication that uses Yosemite data should include the following citations:

Lutz, J. A., A. J. Larson, M. E. Swanson, and J. A. Freund. 2012. Ecological importance of large-diameter trees in a temperate mixed-conifer forest. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36131.

Copies of articles: Copies of manuscripts should be sent to PIs James Lutz (james.lutz@usu.edu) and Andrew Larson (a.larson@umontana.edu) prior to submission for publication. Once published, the PDF and any supplementary documents should be sent to all PIs.

Limitation of Use: Prospective investigators are not permitted to use the Yosemite data for projects or analyses other than those explicitly described in the Data Request Form. A new Data Request Form must be submitted for any new use of the data. Prospective investigators are not permitted to sell or transfer the data, or use them in any way for commercial gain. Data may not be uploaded to any web site or journal archive.

Data Citation: Any publication that uses Yosemite data should state the specific version number of the data set used for analysis. This version number will be provided after the data request has been approved.

Authorship: Maintaining the YFDP requires enormous field effort and an ongoing financial commitment. We therefore require that the Principal Investigators be included as co-authors on publications produced from research conducted in the YFDP or using YFDP data.

Acknowledgements: All publications that include the Yosemite 25.6 ha plot data must acknowledge the institutions and funding that enabled the establishment of the plot with the following acknowledgement:

    The Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot is a collaborative project of Utah State University, the University of Montana, the University of Washington, and Washington State University. Funding was provided by the Center for Tropical Forest Science of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Utah State University, and the University of Washington. We thank Yosemite National Park for providing logistical support, and the students, volunteers and staff individually listed at http://yfdp.org for data collection.