If you are like us, issues about licensing, copyrights and trademarks are boring at best and quickly become frustratingly opaque. At the same time, we recognize that they are important issues, especially when it comes to promoting and protecting data sharing in scientific domains. So, we have done our homework here at WikiPathways and have decided to adopt the Creative Commons CC0 waiver for our content. We are going to do our best to explain the strategy in clear terms below. Please feel free to give us feedback on these issues and voice your opinions and questions on the WikiPathways discussion board.
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- The License/Waiver - this is the legal code applicable to the content at WikiPathways. In our continuing effort to make pathway knowledge as widely accessible as possible, WikiPathways has adopted the Creative Commons CC0 waiver. A more detailed version of what CC0 entails can be found below.
- EU General Data Protection Regulation - we value your privacy and commit ourselves full to the European GDPR, which requires, among other things, that we are 100% transparent in how we use your data. When you visit this website, there are various ways we "get" data. For example, by design, we learn your IP address. In order to create an account, you have to provide us with some basic information to register your account (this information is displayed when you click on your user name in the top right corner of a page, which guides you to your "User Page"). When providing this information, you are agreeing to allow us to share that (the wiki concept). You can view which profile information you entered into our system, by clicking the "my preferences" button (top right corner). We do not share your data with third parties, other than the data files we provide as download and on our web pages. You can view all your contributions to the WikiPathways data, by clicking the "my contributions" button from within your "User Page". We use Google Analytics as a third party service to help us develop this project. Questions about the above are most welcome via email.
When editing an existing pathway or creating a new pathway, your contributions to WikiPathways content should reflect your best understanding of the biology you are representing. Whenever possible, contributions should be referenced by published, peer-reviewed literature. You can manually transcribe content from the following resources with appropriate attribution:
- text books
- research articles and reviews
- public databases and pathway resources
- trusted online resources, including Wikipedia
- your own research and hypotheses (reasonably tested)
- You should not make contributions based on work presented by other researchers yet to be published or based on proprietary sources (purchased databases, company secrets, etc). You should also not create content from other content in an automated way, unless that content is CC0 too.
You can download WikiPathways content in any of the available data and image formats we provide, including but not limited to: gpml, mapp, text, eu.gene, html, png, svg, jpeg.
You are free to use the pathway images in presentations, documents, websites and publications. You are free to use the pathway data in analyses, qualitative or quantitative. We appreciate it if you cite or give appropriate attribution to WikiPathways, since we believe this to be in accordance with community and professional norms and standards of all science domains.
You are free to redistribute WikiPathways content on your website, as part of your own resource, with your own software application. You are free to charge for services associated with WikiPathways content, but we would be very disappointed if you would charge users for the content it self, since the content is freely available on WikiPathways. This does not prevent you from redistributing the content on a CD or as a digital download along with software that you are charging for, however we would appreciate that you make clear that the content is free and freely available from WikiPathways.org. This does not prevent you from charging for services including additional curation, modification or analysis of the content, but we sincerely hope that you make clear that the content is free and freely available from WikiPathways.org. You may even sell modified versions of the images of the pathway content, e.g., as art, on your website, and we would love you to make clear that the content is free and freely available from WikiPathways.org. We think you get the idea: we would not be happy if you are making money of content, which other users freely donated to the community. So please, be a good person and do not charge for the content as provided by WikiPathways and if you do associate the content with something you are are selling, add a statement to make clear that the content is free and freely available from WikiPathways.org. See Attribution below
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