Data in general and that from the polar region is precious in particular. The true value of scientific data is often realized long after it has been collected, and to ensure the lasting legacy it is essential to ensure long-term preservation and sustained access to Polar data.
All data generated during the voyage and/ or from the Polar region under the aegis of Indian Scientific Expeditions accompanied by a full set of metadata that completely documents and describe the data is to be given to NCAOR for secured archival on return to mainland.
However, the data will be treated as intellectual property of the owner / collector with a lock in period of 2 years from the date marking the end of the expedition. This gives ample opportunity to the collector for digesting the data, making full use of the information and in translating it to knowledge base.