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The data are in the public domain and are provided free of charge for non-commercial use, however we request that users adhere to the guidelines outlined here.

Use Restrictions:

While these data are provided free of charge for non-commercial use, we request you adhere to conditions of use outlined below:

  • Provide appropriate citation and acknowledgement on all subsequent publications and include the following statement in any publication/map/system/document: This (publication/map/website/application) contains/utilizes data acquired from the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog (http://southcentral.epscor.alaska.edu/).
  • Do not redistribute the data. Datasets are updated periodically; please encourage other users to access data directly from this site so they are using the most recent version.
  • Provide the Catalog Coordinator with notification of any errors, inconsistencies, or omissions in data or documentation, and any source maps, references or other materials documenting the problem. Errors may be submitted by filling out the form in our Contact Us section.
  • Metadata documents should be kept with the associate dataset. If you make any changes to the data, please describe the types of modifications performed by updating the metadata. Do not misrepresent these data sets, nor imply that the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog or its contributors approved the changes.
  • Provide a written or electronic copy of any derived data, publication or published map resulting from use of the data to the Catalog Coordinator at the address provided on our Contact Us page.

None of the datasets hosted in the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog are owned or maintained by the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog. Each of the datasets within the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog are either owned or maintained by the partner agency which contributed the data. Where the ownership details for a particular dataset are not explained in the metadata, the contributing agency should be contacted directly about the data.

The datasets hosted in the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog adhere to the naming convention that was assigned by the contributing/steward agency. These names have been preserved so that automated replication can happen between the data contributor and the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog - i.e. so the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog can accept real-time data updates where possible.

The Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog understands that the naming conventions used by the contributing/steward agency may not be intuitive for external users, which is why the data record is explained via an accompanying metadata, abstract or description. The Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog advises users to review the abstract, metadata, and/or description to better understand the datasets, particularly the datasets with unusual names.

Yes, in many circumstances, the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog will attempt to accommodate special or bulk data requests (i.e. non-standard requests). Non-standard data requests are handled on a case by case basis. Please contact the Catalog Coordinator with special data requests.

The Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog is part of the Alaska Science Catalog, but operates autonomously from other data distribution efforts in Alaska. However, the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog collaborates with these other efforts where requirements overlap and where it makes sense to leverage existing capabilities for the distribution of certain datasets.

Each of the data records should include either current metadata or a description which explains the dataset (please notify the Catalog Coordinator if you find this not to be the case). Since the datasets and the metadata/description are updated periodically, we encourage users to access data directly from this site so they are using the most recent version.

The Geographic Information Network of Alaska, GINA, is the University of Alaska's mechanism for organizing and sharing its diverse data and technological capabilities among the Alaskan, Arctic, and world communities.

Due to a request made by the contributing agency, this data is only being made available to agencies, groups or individuals that meet certain requirements. If you would like to access this data, click the Download button from either the Search Results or Full Record views and fill out the form that is provided.

For questions regarding individual datasets, directly contact the owner or agency first. As a reminder, none of the data records hosted in the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog are owned or maintained by the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog. Each data record within the Southcentral Alaska Science Catalog is either owned or maintained by a partner agency which contributed the data. Where the ownership details for a particular dataset are not explained in the metadata, the contributing agency should be contacted directly about the data. Contact the Catalog Coordinator only when you are unable to contact or find answers from the agency. It is recommend that you don’t directly share data with others, see the Share Data with Others help section for detailed instructions.

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