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DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) is a searchable repository of environmental and climate data. Provided one has the necessary software to open the files used to create the data, a researcher can access and use the data collected by another for their own research project. DataONE respectfully asks that if a researcher uses data stored in DataONE for their research, they cite DataONE and the original collector of the data in publication. For a more in-depth description and history of DataONE, the author recommends reading DataONE: Data Observation Network for Earth- Preserving Data and Enabling Innovation in the Biological and Environmental Sciences by Michener et al., published in D-Lib Magazine (2011, 17:1/2.) Available at http://dlib.org/dlib/january11/michener/01michener.html.