Search for ZALF datasets with the
DataCite Metadata Search or use the
search option on this website.
Download the dataset as zip file (there are many free programs available to unpack zip files), unpack it. You will either get the data as XML format or CSV format. You can view both of them with calculation programs such as Excel.
Data on this website use a period or a comma as decimal delimitor. XML files that have been uploaded before July 2014 still use comma as decimal delimiter.
CSV means comma separated values, this means columns of a text file are separated by commas. DSV documents contain columns separated by any delimiter.
CSV data can also be separated by other delimitors like tabulators.
Import your CSV file by selecting the 'Data' tab, then 'Import text file'. Import your CSV file by selecting the 'Data' tab, then 'Import text file'.
All CSV columns will be inserted in only one Excel column. Select this first column. Then select 'Text in colums' and follow through the wizard. The delimiter can be comma or vertical bar (pipe) "|". If a different delimiter is used, type it into the box next to "others". After completion, each CSV column is in one seperate Excel column.
Control your language and decimal delimiter settings if the data seem wrong. Please contact us if you have any kind of troubles with viewing the data.
Do not open large XML files in the browser. It is not easy to read them and your browser may fail. Open them with a calculation program such as Excel according to question "How can I view CSV or DSV data in Excel?".
Link to a dataset by using
http://dx.doi.org/ [add DOI here], for example like
http://dx.doi.org/10.4228/ZALF.1998.265. This ensures that the dataset can be found even if the website name changes.
The citation for each dataset is specified on its landing page under "Citation". The citation includes names of the authors, year of publication, title, publisher and digital object identifier of the dataset. In addition, you can add a link to the landing page via a DOI resolver like http://dx.doi.org/[add DOI here]. The citation of a dataset must appear in the resources of your product (e.g. publication).
All datasets are licensed with a Creative Commons License.
CC-BY means when reusing the dataset you need to cite it properly and give credit to the author.
CC-BY-NC-SA means you need to give credit to the author, you cannot use the data for commercial purposes and your new product which results from using the data must be licensed in the same way as the original dataset.
Find more about Creative Commons and open licemsing on
http://creativecommons.org/ and in the open access book
"A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences" by Till Kreutzer.
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