Field Research Facility
Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory
SandyDuck '97 and DUCK94
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Organization and Data Sharing Policy
DUCK94 and SandyDuck evolved as a result of the guidance and support of the program
managers from each of the sponsoring agencies. Initially this group included Dr. Linwood
Vincent (US Army Corps of Engineers), Dr. Thomas Kinder (Office of Naval Research) and Dr.
Asbury Sallenger (US Geological Survey). Later Mrs. Carolyn Holmes replaced Dr. Vincent.
Prior to DUCK94, the program managers appointed a four-person DUCK94 and SandyDuck
Steering Committee consisting of Dr. Robert Guza (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr.
Tony Bowen (Dalhousie University), Dr. Ib Svendsen (University of Delaware) and Mr. William
Birkemeier (US Army Corps of Engineers). Included among the responsibilities of this
committee were the following:
- Sort out overlapping objectives (with guidance from the program managers);
- Refine the science focus and establish overall objectives and directions for the
experiments and recommend priority areas for funding to the program managers
- Schedule meetings and set experiment schedules
- Integrate research activities and logistics
- Establish other committees
- Recommend a data sharing policy to the program managers
The SandyDuck Steering Committee appointed a six-person Logistics Committee to coordinate
the considerable logistics required during the two experiments. The logistics committee
consisted of Mr. William Birkemeier (US Army Corps of Engineers), Dr. Cheryl Ann Butman
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Dr. Steve Elgar (Washington State University), Dr.
Alex Hay (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Dr. Rob Holman (Oregon State University)
and Dr. Edward Thornton (Naval Postgraduate School). This committee was charged with
handling all aspects of logistics, planning, and resource management both prior to and during the
experiments. (Note that Dr. Casey Church from the Naval Research Laboratory replaced Dr.
Butman on the logistics committee after DUCK94).
After considerable discussion concerning this topic, the following policy was developed by the
Steering Committee with advice from the Logistics Committee. It offers protection of data by
the collecting investigators, encourages collaboration, and provides for eventual public release.
This policy requires:
- Global release of all data in 3 years (a data archivist will aid this process);
- Prior to each experiment, responsible investigators will be listed for each data set;
- Prior to 3 years following each experiment, data would be shared by agreement between
- Investigators using other investigator's data must discuss/send any manuscript to them prior to
- No third party data dissemination;
- Principal Investigators control their own data.
In addition, investigators are required to share daily climatological data from their instruments
for a specific hour during the experiment. These data will provide a real-time indication of what
is being measured, and will serve as a quality check on all the instruments. It will also help to
foster PI collaboration.
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