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Critical Zone Collaborative Network Data Best Practices

This repository contains best practices developed by the Critical Zone Collaborative Network (CZ Net) for sharing data related to the Critical Zone.

For overall data sharing and publication guidance, please read the following first:

Guidance for all CZ Net Data Publication

For guidance on specific data types, please consultt the following best practice guides:

  1. Sharing Samples and Sample Metadata
  2. Sharing Laboratory Analytical Data
  3. Sharing Geospatial Data
  4. Sharing Environmental Time Series Data
  5. Sharing Multiple Data Types Together

Contributing Content

Click here for instructions on how to suggest edits to or contribute new content to these best practices.


Jeff Horsburgh
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Utah State University

Kerstin Lehnert
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University

Clara Cogswell


The content in this repository is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

CC BY 4.0

Funding and Acknowledgements

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under awards 2012893, 2012748, and 2012593. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.