Data usage guidelines

Revised 2015 July 10

The COBS Comet Observation Database is a collection of comet observations made primarily by the amateur astronomical community, and includes data from observers affiliated with other astronomy organizations that share and archive data with us. Data are accessible through the COBS Analysis page. These data are freely available to the community, but we appeal that users adhere to the policy outlined below. Doing so indicates that you support the purpose of the COBS, and respect the worldwide community of observers who provided these data to it.

The COBS Comet Observation Database is the product of the ongoing efforts and expertise of the volunteer observers who contribute the data and the COBS technical staff who prepare and maintain the database. Please resepect their and our work by using these data in accordance with these policies.

Formal policy: Acknowledgement for Using COBS Data

Policy for use and acknowledgement of the COBS and data from the International Database is as follows:

1) For publication in all AAS Journal Publications:
Please use the AAS facilities keyword "COBS" in your AAS journal publications.

2) Acknowledgement for data correlation/reference:
If COBS data are used for correlation with other types of data, or as reference material, we appeal that you use the following acknowledgement or one similar to it:

"We acknowledge with thanks the comet observations from the COBS Comet Observation Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this research."

3) Direct use of data:
When unpublished COBS data are specifically referred to in the text, they should be referenced in the following manner (using appropriate format):

2015, Observations from the COBS International Database,

4) Coauthorship for key observers:
If one or more observers provide data that are critical to the outcome of your research, we strongly encourage you to offer co-authorship to those observers in papers resulting from that research. COBS staff will assist in making contact with those observers for this purpose if they choose to be included as co-authors.