UKIRT Proprietary Periods
Proprietary rights to UKIRT data were confirmed by the UKIRT Board in
November 2007. The overall policy is as follows:
Data obtained for approved UKIRT
projects shall remain proprietary to the PI for a period of one year,
counting from the end of the semester in which the data are obtained.
Following the expiration of this period, the data shall become public
and accessible through the Cassegrain and WFCAM archives. The
proprietary period may be extended or reduced in exceptional
circumstances on request, at the
Director’s discretion. The proprietary period for survey/campaign
projects will be determined on a case-by- case basis by the Board. This
will normally be decided at the time of project approval based on the
information provided by the PI.
Individual clarifications and extensions are noted below.
PI data (all instruments)
For conventional PI projects approved by the TAG, regardless of
instrument, data remain proprietary to the PI for a period of one year,
counting from the end of the semester in which the data were
obtained. This proprietary period may be extended or reduced in
circumstances on a case-by-case basis at the Director’s discretion. The
latter clause is required (e.g.) to handle cases of long-term illness
or leave, students who need the uniqueness of their data preserved
until their theses are submitted, or where fast public access is a
UKIDSS is an ESO public survey and the data are therefore not
proprietary within the ESO Nations. There are, however, restrictions on
access to UKIDSS data. The UKIDSS data policy states: that data
releases are made immediately public to the ESO countries and to named
individuals in Japan; and that data are made world-public 18 months
following each data release.
UKIRT now caters for four large-scale campaign observing programmes,
with different data-taking styles and release modes:
For each of these Campaigns, the Board has agreed that the proprietary
policy will be the same as that for normal PI data.
- Coma Cluster Survey: There
will be two individual observing seasons, in Spring 2008 and Spring
- WFCAM Transit Survey: Data
for this project will be acquired continually. The objective is to
detect transient events rather than to build up a cumulative data set.
- GRB Campaign: Data for
this project will be acquired on a sporadic basis as GRBs are detected,
and this group usually publishes its results quickly. As for the WTS,
the objective is to study specific events rather than to build up a
cumulative data set.
- HiZELS: This project
will be scheduled for roughly a week during each WFCAM block, so data
will be acquired on a punctuated, continual basis.