The USGS cannot share or share data sets or data: data exchange also promotes accountability and transparency, so that researchers can validate each other`s results. Finally, data from multiple sources can often be combined to allow comparisons across national and departmental boundaries. The manual chapter of the USGS Survey 500.26 – Domestic Memorandum of Understanding states: “If necessary, languages are included [in MOUs] such as: All data and information generated as a result of this agreement must be made available to the USGS as part of its current programmes. This includes, if necessary, the publication of the results, unless it is prohibited for well-founded protection and security reasons. Individuals have the right to obtain certain information about the processing of their personal data (including the data disclosed) through a request for access to persons. In certain circumstances, individuals may also request the correction, deletion or blocking of their personal data and exercise other rights. You should therefore endeavour to register individual requests from the individuals concerned, including decisions taken and actions taken. A data exchange agreement is a formal contract that clearly documents what data is disclosed and how the data can be used. Such an agreement has two objectives. First, it protects the authority that provides the data and ensures that the data is not misused.
In the absence of strong intellectual property rights to protect data and databases in the United States, data-sharing agreements work best if they are part of a broader agreement among research partners. An individual agreement on data sharing is not intended to supplant the greater agreement between the partners, but to complement and support a particular aspect of the broader agreement. For a detailed overview of the role of a data-sharing agreement in a larger project among research partners, see Data Sharing: Paige Backlund Jarquin MPH, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute – Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center. We will review and update this agreement on a regular basis. The changes will take effect when they are published on our website and will apply to any subsequent transfer of shared data from that date. If you intend to process shared data for direct marketing purposes, you need to make sure that: Data-sharing agreements are formal contracts that detail what data is transmitted and that is appropriate for the data.