RESEARCH facilities and data sharing
The Baltic Sea
countries own and operate a considerable amount of research infrastructures.
For BONUS, the most crucial are research vessels as well as marine and coastal
field research stations. BONUS
encourages joint use of these infrastructures by providing an inventory of the facilities available and by coordinating communication between
infrastructure owners. By providing
research facilities in kind for the
use of BONUS the participating states will also increase total funding volume
of the programme for the benefit of the Baltic Sea.
BONUS follows a data policy which is based on the principle that publicly funded research data should be used for the public interest and therefore be openly available to the maximum extent possible. In particular, the aim is to ensure that the results and data follow the standards of the European Marine Observation and Data Network In short, this means that
All BONUS projects are requested to include a data management plan in the research proposals. The adequacy of the plan is part of one of the criteria in the proposal evaluation. The BONUS Secretariat maintains a metadata base of all data produced within the programme.