A basic requirement for advancing research is free and unrestricted international sharing of high-quality, long-term, and standardized data and information products. The International Council for Science (ICSU) endorses as a general policy the fundamental principal of full and open exchange of data and information for scientific and educational purposes.
Within the WGMS, a one-year retention period is granted to allow investigators time to properly analyze, document, and publish their data before submitting them in standardized format to the WGMS. All data submitted to the WGMS are considered public domain and are made digitally available through the operational services at no cost. Thus, WGMS data are open access under the requirement of correct citation (see database version), which corresponds to a CC BY 4.0 license by Creative Commons.
The data may be subject to errors and inaccuracies. WGMS, therefore, strongly recommends performing data quality checks and, in cases of ambiguities, contacting the WGMS staff as well as the investigators and sponsoring agencies of the data.
The use of data and information from WGMS requires acknowledgement of the WGMS and/or the original investigators and sponsoring agencies according to the available meta-information.