The University of Michigan Biological Station (the Biological Station), founded in 1909, is dedicated to education and research in field biology and related environmental sciences. The history and status of the Biological Station as a leader in these fields creates an obligation to preserve data describing the ecosystems of Northern Michigan while fostering the development of knowledge that contributes to an understanding of local and global environmental problems and solutions. By implementing the practices outlined in this policy, the Biological Station hopes to achieve the following:
Ensure the long-term (>20 years) value and viability of data sets collected using Biological Station resources through proper metadata documentation and data archiving.
Protect the near-term and long-term intellectual property rights of those who originate data at the Biological Station.
Facilitate access to Biological Station-related Data Sets in order to create opportunities for the development of unique research questions and collaborations that will further advance environmental research and education.