TERN's data submission tool, SHaRED (submission, harmonisation and retrieval of ecological data), allows ecosystem scientists to easily upload datasets into TERN’s common and secure data repository where they can be retrieved by others to create new science, new knowledge and educational tools.
The tool enables you to easily upload datasets into a common and secure data repository, the Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS), where they can be retrieved by others to create new science, new knowledge and educational tools.
When uploading your data, SHaRED provides you with an online questionnaire to help you write structured metadata (in a similar way to other systems such as DRYAD and DataONE). Once your data is submitted you will receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), be assigned an Open Access Licence (Creative Commons Australia), a Citation to help with acknowledgement of re-use, and receive a certificate of Proof of Submission as a PDF. Receiving an Australian Creative Commons licence means that your data are protected under Australian law, which is important as Australian datasets deposited with international repositories are not protected under US Creative Commons or the EU Data Licence.