TERN encourages the sharing of data and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the research community. Data sharing should only occur within a framework where data contributors receive appropriate recognition for their work, and where data users understand, in advance, the responsibilities placed upon them when they access and/or use another’s data.

To ensure these underlying conditions for data sharing are met TERN has developed a Data Licensing Policy. The fundamental principle behind the policy is to make the data as openly accessible as possible noting that data users will be required to attribute the source of the data and sensitive data will be protected according to the legislative requirements.

The data contained in the TERN Australian SuperSite Network repository was collected by SuperSites and independent researchers. TERN SuperSites adhere to TERN Data Licensing. Accessing and using the SuperSites monitoring data is governed by the default TERN (Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence, unless stated otherwise. Data lodged with the repository by independent researchers is made available under terms selected by the data owners.