Sometimes data cannot be accessed without explicit permission from the data holder. We’ve prepared some tips for you when requesting data so that you have the greatest chance of success. Consider including these items in your data request:
What are you studying
Outline the goals, objectives or rationale of your project
Who will be involved in the project? Be sure to include university affiliations, government affiliations, etc.
In what way will you use the data? Why will using this data help your study?
Think about what data you need (data fields, extent, etc.). Sometimes the data provider may have recommendations based on the information you provide them.
How will you give credit to the people that provided the data?
Will your results be shared in a journal, thesis or presentation?
Think about any requirements that may exist for you to receive data. Are willing to sign an NDA or data sharing agreement?
Your contact information. Are you the primary contact?