Policies, Acknowledgement and Guidelines. This section includes the Data Access Policies containing the protocols to release data gathered with the funding of the LTER program, and also the forms to request these data when not accessible online or when special transformations of the data are requested (e.g., summaries). A copy of the paragraph to acknowledge the NSF support funded in any way by current and future LTER grants and the acknowledgement for the use of the data for all publications or any other purpose is also included in this section. The Guidelines and Documentation Form section consists of a copy of the documentation (metadata) form that must be filed along with a data set. The guidelines document contain all the information needed by the investigator to perform this essential task.