Data Policy and Publication

Data Policy

To define procedures and timeframes for publishing and sharing data, the CI Team has worked with the iUTAH leadership to develop and implement a data policy for all datasets developed as part of or supported by iUTAH. In general, iUTAH is committed to an open data policy to maximize the impact and broad use of datasets collected within iUTAH facilities and by iUTAH research teams. The Data Policy specifies a data typology and time frames for data and metadata submission and release. The Data Policy also calls for the submission of a Data Collection Plan for all data collection and creation efforts supported by iUTAH. The iUTAH Data Policy can be found here.

Data Publication with Hydroshare

Most iUTAH investigator datasets are shared or published via HydroShare, which is an online, collaborative environment for sharing hydrologic data, models, and code. HydroShare supports formal publication of data and models and supports collaborative groups with both public and private sharing of resources. Visit HydroShare to create an account, join the iUTAH HydroShare Group, submit a dataset or to view and access submitted resources. See this page for step-by-step instructions on sharing and publishing iUTAH data and models to HydroShare. Video tutorials on data publication in HydroShare are available on our Training Materials page.

Data Collection Plans

For all data creation efforts executed with any funding from iUTAH (salary, travel, sampling, equipment purchase, etc.), a brief plan for data collection should be submitted to the Data Policy Committee prior to the funding of data collection/creation. The Data Collection Plan should include the following information:

  1. Identification of the types of data to be created (using the data typology).
  2. A brief description of the methods that will be used to create the data.
  3. Identification of the data formats that will be used to store the data.
  4. A brief description of the data to be created (e.g., what are the final products that will be uploaded to the iUTAH MDF for publication?).
  5. A description of who will have access to the data during data collection and how the data will be made broadly available after completion and publication.

For more information about data typology and timing of metadata and data submission, please refer to the iUTAH Data Policy Document. Here is a link a blank Data Collection Plan template. Submit data collection plans to

Data Policy Committee

The iUTAH Data Policy was developed by the CI Team in conjunction with the iUTAH Data Policy Committee and approved by the iUTAH Management and Leadership Teams. Consisting of faculty, staff, and student members representing the iUTAH research groups, the Data Policy Committee advises the CI Team on prioritizing data products to include in the iUTAH MDF and advocates the implementation of iUTAH data policies and practices. In addition, the Data Policy Committee reviews and approves Data Collection Plans submitted by iUTAH researchers.