The German Federation for Biological Data e.V. (GFBio) is the authoritative, national contact point for issues concerning the management and standardisation of biological and environmental research data during the entire data life cycle. GFBio also acts as an information broker and mediates expertise and services between the GFBio data centers and the scientific community and provides a platform for different services at gfbio.org.
3.1 GFBio provides a platform at gfbio.org for scientists for different services covering all areas of research data management of biological and environmental research data. The services will be delivered as follows:
3.3 Within the scope of the technical and operational possibilities, we endeavour to ensure that the use of the services is as uninterrupted as possible. However, technical faults, such as hardware and software errors, technical problems in the data lines, temporary restrictions or interruptions may occur.
4.3 There is no claim to the use of the services available via the GFBio platform; therefore your registration can be rejected without giving reasons.
4.4 The user is obliged to handle the login-data with care. In particular, the user is prohibited from disclosing the login-data to third parties and/or allowing third parties to access the services via the GFBio platform by bypassing the login data. GFBio may disable the user’s login-data at GFBio’s sole discretion without notice or explanation.
4.5 If the user breaches the obligations under the preceding paragraph 4.4 and his login-data is used by third parties, the user is liable for all activities that take place using the login-data. The user is not liable if the user is not responsible for the abuse of the login-data. The user shall immediately notify GFBio of any unauthorized use of the login-data or any other breach or threatened breach of the security on the GFBio platform.
4.6 The user assures that the login-data used are correct. The user is obliged to keep the login-data up-to-date at all times, and immediately notify GFBio of any changes.
4.7 Contract language is exclusively English.
5.1 GFBio provides different services via the GFBio platform covering all areas of research data management as defined in section 3.1.
5.3 Research contents uploaded to the GFBio platform will be subject to different services which includes in particular a data curation, advice and assistance to the user the scope of which is at the discretion of GFBio; the mediation of data archiving in dedicated associated/collaborating data centers to ensure a sustainable, long-term preservation and publication and the coordination of publication and/or embargoes if necessary.
5.4 The uploading of research contents to the GFBio platform is not a guarantee that the services will be provided; it is at the discretion of GFBio to decide whether the research contents are suitable for the services or not. If the uploaded research contents are not suitable, GFBio will inform the user within five eight-hour working days, provided the description of the research contents is sufficient to make the decision or the user responds in a timely manner to additional inquiries. In this case, any uploaded research contents and metadata will be completely removed from the GFBio platform. In any case, research contents may not be suitable for the services if the services are not used fairly by the user.
The fair use for the GFBio platform includes: - a maximum service request of three working hours - a maximum data volume of 10 GB - a maximum of one submission per day and ten per month.
GFBio reserves the right to refuse the upload of the research contents or to charge fees for uploaded research content beyond the aforementioned limits and/or for third-party fees resulting from data curation, storage and publication, in either case only after consultation of the user.
The uploading of research contents to the GFBio platform does not constitute a backup. GFBio does not guarantee the preservation of the contents until one or more of the GFBio data centers have successfully ingested them in their systems. Users must keep copies of the uploaded contents until the successful ingest has been confirmed by the respective data center(s). GFBio is not obliged to keep copies of the uploaded research contents, once these have been archived by the associated data centers. GFBio may do so in order to provide additional services to the users.
5.5 The offered service of data search via the GFBio platform includes the fair use of the access to the open access data portal; GFBio is entitled at its own discretion to technically limit the retrieval and download of research content through the search function of the GFBio platform, which means in particular: - Requests significantly beyond the average number of access attempts per time unit by other users of GFBio or - mass download of metadata and associated data e.g. for the purpose of content duplication or - the use of automated systems to extract data from the GFBio web pages for commercial purposes except for keeping web search indexes up to date. Such exceeding inquiries will automatically lead to error messages and/or a forced disconnection from the service unless prior authorization from GFBio is requested by the user.
5.7 The user must refrain from any activity that could impair the operation of the GFBio platform or the technical infrastructure behind it. These included in particular: - the use of software, scripts or databases in connection with the use of the GFBio platform; - the automatic reading, blocking, overwriting, modifying, copying of data and/or other content, unless this is necessary for the proper use of the platform.
5.8 Should there be any disruptions in the use of the platform or its functionalities, the user shall inform GFBio of this disruption immediately. The same applies if the user obtains information about content published by third parties which obviously violates applicable law or the rights of third parties.
6.2 By submitting research content and metadata to the GFBio platform the contents will be published in accordance with the licensing choices the user makes. If a free license is chosen (for example Creative Commons), the rights and conditions of use associated with this license apply. Once a license has been issued, it cannot be changed retroactively.
7.2 Some of the content available on the GFBio platform comes from GFBio, users and other third parties. GFBio does not check the completeness, accuracy and legality of the contents of the users and other third parties. GFBio therefore assumes no responsibility for the completeness, accuracy, legality and topicality of these contents. This also applies to the quality of the contents and their suitability for a specific purpose, and also insofar as it concerns third party contents on linked external websites.
9.1 Those contents available on the GFBio platform provided by GFBio were created with best care and attention and will be updated on a regular basis. We do not accept liability for the quality, topicality or completeness of the contents provided by GFBio offered on the GFBio platform and their suitability for specific purposes. Liability claims which refer to material and/or non-material damage, which are caused by the use or disuse of the offered contents provided by GFBio on the GFBio platform respectively the use of inaccurate and incomplete contents are excluded, insofar as there is no evidence of willful or gross negligence on the part of GFBio. All offers are non-binding and without obligation. For damages resulting from slightly negligent violations of essential contractual obligations, the liability is limited to typical or foreseeable damages. The above limitations of liability also apply in the event of breaches of duty by the legal representatives, senior employees or vicarious agents of GFBio. GFBio is liable for damages resulting from injury to life, body or health, which are based on an willful and negligent breach of duty, as well as for damages according to the Product Liability Act without limitation.
9.3 GFBio expressly reserves the right to edit, expand or delete sections of pages, or the entire publication, or to suspend publication temporarily or permanently, without separate announcement.
9.4 We do not guarantee that the GFBio platform is compatible with the hardware and software of your device. In addition, we do not guarantee that this content is available at any time or at certain times without restriction or that it meets certain performance or functional requirements.
10.1 GFBio and the user may terminate the user relationship at any time, without the need for a reason. The user may terminate the user relationship by discontinuing the use of the services via the GFBio platform. Upon termination the user no longer has access to his user account and the uploaded contents in the user account; GFBio reserves the right to delete the account as well as the uploaded contents. 10.2 The termination of usage does not include the deletion of research contents of the user already published via the GFBio platform except for the case that the user revokes the rights on the basis of § 42 UrhG (the work no longer corresponds to the conviction of the author); in this case GFBio is entitled to charge the costs incurred.
11.3 If the user does not object to the amendments and supplements within 30 day of the announcement of the amendments and supplements and continues to use the service, this shall be deemed to be agreement with the amendments and supplements; GFBio will point this out separately in the announcement.