Terms of Use

Data Use Policy

(Note: This document is subject to change. Please check back to this site before using Journey North data or images.)

Journey North is a citizen science program that spans the North American continent. Journey North (JN) volunteers collect data on phenological events including migration and life cycle stages of project species. JN volunteers also collect data on the distribution of project species during the breeding season. Their data have been the basis for many publications on migration and the impact of climate change.

JN follows the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA copyright policy (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/).

Photo Copyright

Anyone who uses photos or images found on the JN website, maps and sightings database must attribute the work to the photographer listed with the photo and to JN. You may not use the work for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon the work, you may only distribute the resulting work under the same or a similar license to this one. If you use photos from JN website, follow the Creative Commons policy linked above, and attribute the photos as follows: Photographer Name, Journey North.

Data Access Policy

JN encourages researchers to disseminate findings in appropriate publications, based in whole or in part on JN data. All publication(s) or product(s) using JN data are requested to adhere to the policy outlined below.

JN data should not be used for publication in any format without permission, and without being accessed through the program managers (not the website). This is especially important because the data that are displayed on the website are collected by citizen scientists and may contain inaccuracies and biases that need to be discussed prior to use. Site visitors are welcome to use the data from the website for educational purposes, or for informal analyses. Educators may use the data in a classroom setting for practice in managing and interpreting data, and students may present posters using the data at science fairs or other venues. Educators may publish articles or lessons about how they have utilized the data, but not articles for which the main purpose is to provide information about monarch biology or conservation. In the latter cases, teachers should submit a request for permission using the process outlined below. Teachers may link to the JN site on their school website or social media sites but should not post the actual data.

Approval Process

Requests for data must be submitted to the project coordinator, Nancy Sheehan (nsheehan@wisc.edu), via this online Request For Data Form. If the proposal is accepted, JN personnel will send an official notification of acceptance and will work with the proposers to ensure that interpretations are accurate and provide the raw data. JN does not release any personal information about project volunteers.

Multiple Uses of JN Data

JN data are provided to researchers/authors/users with the understanding that they will be used specifically for the purposes identified in the request (e.g. proposed publication, MS or Ph.D. thesis, analysis for policymakers, etc.). If the researchers wish to use the same data for a different purpose, they must re-request permission.

Redistribution of JN Data

Without specific approval, no data provided by JN can be distributed beyond the individuals requesting the data. Raw data should not be made available for download through the Internet, but derived data (maps, tables) are usually acceptable. If you plan to present JN data on the Internet, the nature of the visualization(s) must be specified in your data request.

Fee for Data

JN data accessed through the web site for educational purposes do not entail any data processing fees (but see the caveats above). Requests that require additional manual data extractions or analyses will be charged a fee of $60 per hour to extract and assemble data, and to work with the requesters on appropriate cleaning criteria. JN will usually waive this fee for JN volunteers and students, and for publications that include JN personnel as co-authors.

Authorship and Acknowledgements

If a request for data includes proposed research with significant JN staff contributions, then agreement on the role of involved staff, joint authorship, and order of authors on publications must be reached before the data are released. JN review of manuscripts (or parts thereof) before submission to journals is requested. Final publications are requested to be shared with JN so that JN can share relevant research with JN volunteers and members.

The researchers agree to acknowledge JN (and JN volunteers) in all relevant publications. In addition, the following statement must be included in the acknowledgment section of any publication:

The data were used with permission from Journey North. We thank Journey North for supplying data. We also thank all the volunteer participants who gathered data for the project.

If data retrieved from JN are to be used for web-based products (maps, summaries, etc.), please contact JN for instructions on applicable logo and website links.

Revocation of Privileges

Any researcher/author/user not abiding by this policy or the terms of the Data Request and Release Form and Publication Agreement may forfeit future access to JN data.

Contact Information

Created 07/31/2020