Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Data
For detailed guidelines, please visit NEON's Data Guidelines and Policies and NEON's Usage Policies.
Recommended Citation Formats
Use one of the following formats to cite data retrieved from the NEON Biorepository Data Portal network:
NEON Biorepository Data Portal. 2021. http//:biorepo.neonscience.org/portal/index.php. Accessed on September 25.
Usage of occurrence data from specific institutions:
Biodiversity occurrence data published by: <List of Collections>
(Accessed through NEON Biorepository Data Portal Data Portal,
Biodiversity occurrence data published by:
NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) and NEON Biorepository, Arizona State University Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (Accessed through NEON Biorepository Data Portal Data Portal,
Occurrence Record Use Policy
While the NEON Biorepository Data Portal will make every effort possible to control and document the quality
of the data it publishes, the data are made available "as is". Any report of errors in the data should be
directed to the appropriate curators and/or collections managers.
The NEON Biorepository Data Portal cannot assume responsibility for damages resulting from mis-use or
mis-interpretation of datasets or from errors or omissions that may exist in the data.
It is considered a matter of professional ethics to cite and acknowledge the work of other scientists that
has resulted in data used in subsequent research. We encourage users to
contact the original investigator responsible for the data that they are accessing.
The NEON Biorepository Data Portal asks that users not redistribute data obtained from this site without permission for data owners.
However, links or references to this site may be freely posted.
Images within this website have been generously contributed by their owners to
promote education and research. These contributors retain the full copyright for
their images. Unless stated otherwise, images are made available under the Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA
Users are allowed to copy, transmit, reuse, and/or adapt content, as long as attribution
regarding the source of the content is made. If the content is altered, transformed, or enhanced,
it may be re-distributed only under the same or similar license by which it was acquired.
Notes on Specimen Records and Images
Specimens are used for scientific research and because of skilled preparation and
careful use they may last for hundreds of years. Some collections have specimens
that were collected over 100 years ago that are no longer occur within the area.
By making these specimens available on the web as images, their availability and
value improves without an increase in inadvertent damage caused by use. Note that
if you are considering making specimens, remember collecting normally requires
permission of the landowner and, in the case of rare and endangered organisms,
additional permits may be required. It is best to coordinate such efforts with a
regional institution that manages a publically accessible collection.