Data Rights and Rules for Data Use
SDO images and movies are not copyrighted unless explicitly noted. The use of SDO images for non-commercial purposes and public
education and information efforts is strongly encouraged and requires no expressed authorization. It is requested, however, that any such use properly attributes the source of the images or data as:
"Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams."
The SDO science investigators agree to abide the Rules of the Road developed
for the Sun-Earth Connection and its successor, the Heliophysics Division.
- The Principal Investigators (PI) shall make available to the science
data user community (Users) the same access methods to reach the data and
tools as the PI uses.
- The PI shall notify Users of updates to processing software and
calibrations via metadata and other appropriate documentation.
- Users shall consult with the PI to ensure that the Users are
accessing the most recent available versions of the data and analysis
- Browse products are not intended for science analysis or publication
and should not be used for those purposes without consent of the PI.
- Users shall acknowledge the sources of data used in all publications
- Users shall include in publications the information necessary to
allow others to access the particular data used.
- Users shall transmit to the PI a copy of each manuscript that uses
the PI's data upon submission of that manuscript for consideration of
- Users are encouraged to make tools of general utility widely
available to the community.
- Users are also encouraged to make available value-added data
products. Users producing such products must notify the PI and must clearly
label the product as being different from the original PI-produced data
product. Producers of value-added products should contact the PI to ensure
that such products are based on the most recent versions of the data and
analysis routines. With mutual agreement, Users may work with the PI to
enhance the instrument data processing system, by integrating their products
- The editors and referees of scientific journals should avail themselves
of the expertise of the PI while a data set is still unfamiliar to the
community, and when it is uncertain whether authors have employed the most
up-to-date data and calibrations.