SkyMapper Policies

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Protected Survey Science Projects

Added 2 May 2016; last updated 4 May 2016

Please see the list of protected Science Projects for details.

Authorship of papers using SkyMapper data

Added 30 Apr 2016; last updated 17 Jul 2017

The authorship policy seeks to recognise the input of the SkyMapper Team in generating the data products. The following requirements apply to papers using SkyMapper data from different sources:

Use of data from Southern Sky Survey data releases

Authors are required to include the following acknowledgement paragraph in the paper:

"The national facility capability for SkyMapper has been funded through ARC LIEF grant LE130100104 from the Australian Research Council, awarded to the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne, Curtin University of Technology, Monash University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. SkyMapper is owned and operated by The Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The survey data were processed and provided by the SkyMapper Team at ANU. The SkyMapper node of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) is hosted at the ...

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Data Access

Added 2 May 2016; last updated 6 Jul 2017

The ARC LIEF grant which supports the operation of SkyMapper's Southern Sky Survey provides for priority data access to Australian users. For the purposes of data access, the definition of 'Australian users' is taken to mean persons residing within Australia. Members of approved Survey Science Projects who reside outside of Australia will also be provided with access to the data. After a typical 12-18-month proprietary period, each data release from DR1 onwards will become globally available.

Notification of Intent to Publish

Added 2 May 2016; last updated 23 Aug 2016

The publishing party of any publication (including, but not limited to, papers, articles, conference proceedings etc.) including SkyMapper data will provide a copy of the proposed publication to the SkyMapper Executive ( at least 14 days prior to submission for publication. Appropriate acknowledgement and co-authorship will be included in the publication, as specified in the SkyMapper Authorship Policy. Prior investment in SkyMapper is protected by a list of defined Survey Science Projects based on the public survey data. Data released to the Australian community under the priority arrangement can be used for any purpose that does not conflict with the protected Science Projects. If no such conflicts are raised by the SkyMapper Executive within a 14-day period, the publishing party can submit the publication, subject to any applicable requirements under the LIEF Funding Agreement.

A copy of your published paper or a link to an arXiv or ...

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