Terms of use

GigaScience and GigaDB have a commitment to Open Science by freely providing an online database, data and services relating to data contributed from biological and biomedical science experiments by GigaScience authors and other collaborators. GigaScience and BGI impose no additional restrictions on access to, or use of, the data provided. Data generated by the BGI and its collaborators is released into the public domain in accordance with community norms for scholarly communication. Data associated with GigaScience journal is specifically released under a Creative Commons CC0 waiver. While this waives any legal requirement for attribution, crediting the source of research findings and data are cultural norms and expected etiquette for science. These Open Science policies and practices are therefore only sustainable if scientific credit is generated for all parties involved, and the BGI is playing its part in developing a global research environment that rewards data sharing.

In recognition of the extensive effort that underlies these projects, we ask that you appropriately acknowledge the use of any preliminary data. To aid researchers to find, access, and reuse data, we issue citable digital object identifiers for each dataset. Our recommended format for a data citation of each dataset is listed on each page. This is in accordance with the Data Citation Principles.

GigaDB is not liable to you or third parties claiming through you, for any loss or damage.

While we will retain our commitment to Open Science, we reserve the right to update these Terms of Use at any time. When alterations are inevitable, we will attempt to give reasonable notice of any changes by placing a notice on our website, but you may wish to check each time you use the website. The date of the most recent revision will appear on this, Terms of Use page.

Any questions or comments concerning these Terms of Use can be addressed to the administrator via emailing database@gigasciencejournal.com.


GigaDB Services

GigaDB, GigaScience and the BGI provide these data in good faith, but make no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which they are used.

GigaDB will make all reasonable effort to maintain continuity of these online services and provide adequate warning of any changes or discontinuities. However, GigaDB accepts no responsibility for the consequences of any temporary or permanent discontinuity in service.

All feedback provided to GigaDB on its online services will be treated as non-confidential unless the individual or organisation providing it states otherwise.

Any attempt to use GigaDB online services to a level that prevents, or looks likely to prevent, GigaDB providing services to others, will result in that use being blocked. GigaDB will attempt to contact the user to discuss their needs and how (and if) these can be met from other sources.

Some of the data provided from external sources may be subject to third-party constraints. Users are solely responsible for establishing the nature of and complying with any such intellectual property restrictions. Any software from GigaDB made available for download through our web pages (either directly or from third party repositories like GitHub) will have its own individual license agreement.

BGI Data

As one of the world’s largest biological data producers, the BGI’s goal is to maximize the use of its data by providing it to the research community in a timely manner. At the same time, BGI recognizes the need for researchers to be appropriately credited for their scientific contribution and investment in data generation. It is therefore expected that all researchers both honor agreements in line with the Fort Lauderdale and the Toronto International Data Release Workshop data sharing principles and appropriately acknowledge the contributions of others.

Accordingly, raw data such as individual sequence read traces are submitted to the relevant database as soon as they have exited our quality control pipelines. Whole genome sequence assemblies are released as soon as possible following appropriate quality analysis. Our repository contains draft versions of genome sequence assemblies, and we ask that you understand that these represent preliminary data, subject to omissions and errors. In addition, whole genome assemblies are likely to change upon the availability of new data, and our website will document new assembly versions as they are released.

In recognition of the extensive effort that underlies these projects, we ask that you appropriately acknowledge the use of any preliminary data. To aid researchers to find, access, and reuse data, we have issued citable digital object identifiers for each dataset. Our recommended format for a data citation of each dataset is listed on each page. This recommendation is in accordance with the adopted guidelines by the genome sequencing community in a statement of principles for the distribution and use of large-scale sequencing data: Community Resource Projects and the resulting NHGRI policy statement. If you have any questions regarding the use of this data, please contact us at database@gigasciencejournal.com. In line with research norms, we request that you ask us before publishing analyses of the sequences on a genome scale. We welcome collaborative interaction to provide the community with improved whole genome analyses and annotations.

Disclaimer

Some of the data provided from external sources may be subject to third-party constraints. Users are solely responsible for establishing the nature of and complying with any such intellectual property restrictions.

GigaScience and the BGI provide this data in good faith, but make no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which they are used.

GigaDB has implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security which we deem appropriate, taking into account the categories of data we collect and the way we process it.

For the purpose of monitoring and improving online services, planning and scientific review, GigaDB will keep its own records of usage and may use services provided by other organisations. GigaDB may make information about the total volume of usage of particular software or data available to third party organisations who supply the software or databases without details of any individual’s use.

In interacting with us through our website, you may choose to give us personal data. We will keep your personal data confidential and use it for purposes connected to our mission.

GigaDB will hold your personal data on our systems for as long as is considered necessary for the purpose(s) for which you provided us with your details, or as long as required by applicable legislation. If you cancel your user account we will ensure that your personal information is either deleted or will no longer be visible to others.

When you contribute scientific data to a database through our website or other submission tools, this information will be released at a time and in a manner consistent with the scientific data publication and we may store it permanently.

If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to our websites or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any of our services, we may use your personal information to stop such behaviour. Where we reasonably believe that you are or may be in breach of any applicable laws, we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties about the content and your behaviour.

GigaDB will record the visits to the website by using cookies and page tagging without collecting any personal identifiable information of users. A cookie can be used to identify a computer, it is not used to collect any personal information. In other words, it does not have the function of identifying an individual user of the website. Cookies are used to collect statistics about the number of visits of users to GigaDB and the users’ preference of websites and online services offered. You may choose to inactivate your browser’s cookies. If you inactivate the cookies, you will not be able to use some of the functions of GigaDB.

The Personal Data we may collect from you could include:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Affiliated institute
  • Connection information (e.g. IP address, web cookies, host information, approximate host location, pages visited, services used)

We may use your Personal Data:

  • To provide you with information about our services, activities or our online content by offering to subscribe you to newsletters, publications, event announcements, etc.
  • To personalise the way our web content is presented to you
  • To use IP addresses to identify your location for statistical reporting purposes and if necessary to block disruptive use
  • To analyse and improve our websites by examining statistical usage information
  • To generate statistical reports as to how our website and services are being used

We may disclose your Personal Data:

  • To service providers processing your information on our behalf or as part of scientific collaborations which are required to keep your information confidential
  • In statistical reports to external organisations (e.g. funding bodies or scientific collaborators) or appointed review committees
  • In forming part of the scientific record of data submitted to our data archives
  • To your employer, university, law enforcement or other government bodies, in exceptional circumstances where your activity is disruptive or may be illegal under your local laws

We may use your Personal Data to contact you:

  • When you have asked us to as part of a specific service request (e.g. password reset, help desk request, voicemail message)
  • In relation to any contribution (e.g. data submission or annotation) that you have provided to our archives
  • To invite your voluntary participation in surveys about our services
  • When you have opted in to receive further correspondence for scientific marketing and outreach purposes (e.g. newsletters)

We will NOT sell, give or share your personal data to third parties for any other reasons.