Data Exchange Agreement

CIFORís GCS-REDD Data and Information Exchange Mechanism is a non commercial service with high standards of data management and structuring to maximize sharing of data, ideas, strategies and reporting endowed to governmental/ non-governmental partner organizations, multilateral operations, and interested person. Data access will enable agencies and other related partner organizations to fully participate in this mechanism and benefit from lessons learned of the GCS-REDD.

Accessible Product:

Data exchange mechanism in public domain meant for sustainable development of the national REDDís strategy endowed by CIFORís GCS-REDD Data and Information Sharing Policy.

Advantages of being a member:

  1. To reduce costs by avoiding expensive duplicate data collection efforts by making known what data have been collected so that additional resources are not spent to gather essentially the same information.

  2. To provide ready access to data that cannot be readily replicated e.g. large surveys that are too expensive to replicate.

Policy and Method

In this endowed mechanism all participants including CIFOR are the data provider who owns the datasets in the repository. And CIFOR who act as the central data repository places the responsibility for Information Exchange System, quality, timeliness, maintenance, versioning and other issues on the initial data producer or provider.

  1. Standar operating procedures (SOP): CIFOR will be active as a Central Data Repository (CDR). Each participant of this mechanism either has a collection for its deliveries or a referral to a different preferred repository facilitated by the CDR with their understanding data custodian responsibility. The data reports within each repository collection are arranged under the relevant reporting obligations or agreements. Most of the datasets provide by CDR are freely available for download by participants via the Internet. It does not place any restrictions on the use of this data, but does request that users cite the CIFOR and/or any other sources mentioned in documentation of the data provided as data furnisher(s).

  2. Intellectual Property (IP) rights: New knowledge generates patentable ideas. The CIFOR Data Exchange Mechanism also drives a policy of Knowledge Transfer and strongly encourages the commercialization of intellectual property through various initiatives, and recognizes the need for periods of exclusive use of data but considers that commercialization of research does not preclude data sharing and should not unduly delay or prevent data sharing.

  3. Ethical considerations: Data sharing may be limited, in some cases, by institutional policies as well as national laws and regulations, including the privacy rule. This ethical code are widely accepted as a good practice to avoid compromising individual subjectís rights and privacy, protect patentable and other proprietary data, adhere to restriction on data sharing imposed by agreements with third parties, and to protect an endangered resource.

  4. Timeliness: Recognizing that the value of data often depends on their timeliness, data sharing should occur in a timely fashion. However in particular aims e.g. in Global Comparative Study on REDD the historical data is remain required.