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Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Occurrence Data Trading Policy

Requesters may deliver to WYNDD copies of reports or datasets containing observations of species or vegetation types and request that WYNDD record the submission as a formal data trade. WYNDD staff will evaluate the information in the submitted report or data set and determine its monetary value. This value will be credited to the requester's account and applied to the cost of future data requests from that requester to WYNDD.

The Fine Print:
For a report or data set to qualify as a data trade it must contain biological information of value to WYNDD that does not already exist in the WYNDD database. The suitability of reports or data sets for trading will be determined on a case-by-case basis by WYNDD staff.

For a report or data set to qualify as a data trade it must be delivered to WYNDD by the requester. Such delivery is the main reason why the cost of future data requests can be reduced; i.e., because data request fees reflect the cost of database maintenance, and because the largest cost of database maintenance is often discovering and acquiring new data, delivery of new data to WYNDD directly reduces WYNDD's database maintenance costs.

It is the requester's responsibility to notify WYNDD that a submitted report or dataset is to be considered for data trading credit.

For government agencies, data trades will apply at the administrative level from which reports are delivered to WYNDD; e.g., reports submitted by the Cody Field Office of the USDI-BLM are acceptable trades only for data requests submitted by Cody Field Office personnel. For the USDA-Forest Service, individual national forests (as opposed to individual ranger districts) will serve as the lowest administrative level.

If you have questions regarding this policy please contact our Database Specialist or our Director, Gary Beauvais, WYNDD Director.

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