All datasets made available through the Gateway are supported by metadata descriptions. These descriptions are made available to all Gateway users. We ask that you provide sufficient information to allow others to confidently assess the scope and potential uses of your data. In some cases you may have concerns about misinterpretation or misapplication of the wildlife data you provide. A good metadata description can help minimise the likelihood of unintentional misuse by better informing the user and referring to sources of additional information. We ask that you use the metadata to explain the reasons behind any restrictions placed on access to or the use of your data. In this way your dataset metadata can be used to manage the understanding and expectations of users.
If you restrict public access to your dataset you may receive requests for new or better access from individual users and/or organisations. Only individuals or groups that have registered on the Gateway can apply for new or better access to datasets. The requests are emailed directly to the administrators of the dataset in question. Applicants are given the opportunity to explain why they would like better access but are not required to do this. The notification email you receive from the Gateway will include the name of the applicant and a direct web-link to the administration pages of the Gateway. We ask that you make every effort to respond to access requests within 20 working days.
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