1. Scope of service
Data research with the Edaphobase Data-Query Portal in the framework of scientific research is fundamentally open to the public (via https://portal.edaphobase.org). The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SGN) provides the contents of the database at no charge. However, administrative fees required by individual data-providers could occur for some data due to their data-provision effort, i.e., from state agencies. These data are generally marked (“anonymized”, see Section I.A above). Any such fees required for granting access to limited-access data are the sole responsibility of the data provider and are not shared with or involve the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research or Edaphobase.
To protect the rights of the original data providers and their data against misuse, the online access to the Edaphobase Data-Query Portal for external users is staggered in various stages of different “data-access depths” (for further details see above in Section I.B). General queries (for example species list, coarse distribution maps) can take place without registration in the database (anonymously). The occurrence points are mapped only in an “unfocussed”, generalized manner (= center point of a TK 25 map section or 10x10km quadrats). A table view is not possible. Advanced data research with analysis options, table view, and data export functions can only be performed by registered users after a login. Only registered users have access to stored data in the Portal database, including the exact coordinates of the sites of occurrence and a table view. Registered users can see precisely mapped data and individual data records in a table. The generation of contingency tables is allowed. Furthermore, only registered users may locally save “projects” (= complex queries) and export data.
Registered users may download data for analyses within their own scientific questions. However, a re-analysis of specific data sets and publication of the results as “own” research without the express approval of the data provider is prohibited and will be considered plagiarism (with the appropriate legal repercussions). Edaphobase and the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research assume no liability for plagiarized data. Any fundamental changes to the content of downloaded data (besides that necessary for harmonizing data for an analysis) without the express approval of the data provider is prohibited.
Any commercial use of data downloaded from Edaphobase requires the prior approval of the original data providers listed in the metadata of the respective data sets.
If limited access to anonymized data sets is granted after a personal request (see Section I.A), sharing or further dissemination of such data is only possible with the express approval of the original data provider.
For a complete utilization of existing services in accordance with Section V.1 of this data policy, the user is required to register via a log-on mask and the transmission of user data (see Section VI). A password is chosen by the user during the registration process. The user subsequently receives an e-mail confirming the registration at the e-mail address provided during registration. In this e-mail a link is given with which the registration can be activated and thereby be successfully completed. The access to the database is only possible with the individual password given by the user during the initial registration. To prevent misuse, the password must be carefully kept by the user and must not be disclosed to third parties.
Edaphobase reserves the right to refuse registration without stating reasons.
All statements and declarations made via the access of the user will be attributed to that user. The user is liable for any misuse by a third party unless s/he furnishes proof that s/he bears no fault thereto.
3. Use authorization
The database and its contents are protected by copyright regulations under German jurisdiction. The information may only be used for personal use and may be printed and saved for purposes of science, research or (pubic) education.
A systematic download of information or query results, especially by robots, is prohibited.
Information from the database may neither be shared electronically or in printed form nor given gratuitously to third parties. For users it is forbidden to change articles and texts from the database, to cut, edit, and otherwise to sublicense, sell, transfer, divide or distribute them.
On demand from the website operator, the user will immediately terminate the use of the information and articles within. This applies in particular if copyright claims or property rights are asserted against the operator or user.
The user will inform the website operator immediately if a third party asserts copyright claims or property rights.
The unlawful use, duplication, dissemination, or publication of contents of the database is subject to civil and, if need be, criminal prosecution.
4. Copyright wording and source disclosure
The Edaphobase database is a database with various digital documents that are protected by copyright. The publicly visible data records are linked to a citable source and are thus assigned to the originator’s (author’s) copyright of the respective data.
In case of the use of the information and data sets in scientific or other texts, the respective copyright of the original data provider to the database must be stated and the database named (see SectionI.B.i). Following the citation rules of printed publications, author, title, year, and the internet address are to be cited. Furthermore, the date of creation or last modification and last access date must be specified in the citation.
5. Database rights
The retrievable data and documents in Edaphobase represent in total a copyrighted database. It is forbidden to copy or change the database and its structure in parts or in total without the explicit approval of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SGN).
The operator can change the contents of the database at any time and edit or delete any or all content. The user has no claim to the provision of certain content. The website operator can close the database without stating reasons at any time, especially to carry out maintenance and implement technical changes.
There is no contractual entitlement to the permanent availability of the database.
According to the state of technology, it is not possible to produce software so that it can be applied error-free in all its variants and combinations. For this reason, the operator accepts no liability for the flawlessness of the software or any damage arising therewith. In particular, no guarantee is given that the application will be sufficient for the requirements and purposes of the user. The operator is also not liable for indirect damages or consequential damages, especially not for lost profit.
The liability of the website operator and its agents and assistants for breach of contractual obligations and from tort is limited to intent and gross negligence. This does not apply to injury of life, body, and health; it also does not apply if essential contractual obligations are affected.
8. User lockouts
10. Final provisions