The Shale Network datasets now have a DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, that can be used when citing the data in publications.
To access the datasets through a DOI, visit a DOI resolver, like the one found at www.crossref.org/05researchers/58doi_resolver.html, and enter 10.4211/his-data-shalenetwork
To database should be cited as: ShaleNetwork Database. DOI: 10.4211/his-data-shalenetwork
The DOI serves as a permanent link to the datasets, which are published in the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. (CUAHSI) Hydrologic Information System (HIS).
Having a permanent DOI link to the database ensures the data will remain accessible, even if there are changes to the CUASHI website in the future.
The NSF-funded Shale Network is a collaborative effort to collect and analyze data on water quality in the Marcellus shale region. Its members include faculty and researchers from Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Dickinson College and CUAHSI.
The Shale Network database includes data generated by academic researchers, government agencies, industry representatives, nonprofit entities, watershed groups and others. Shale Network acts as an “honest broker” that collates that datasets it receives and synthesizes it into useful knowledge.