Terms of use

EUROIBEX: CONCEPT AND TERMS OF USE

  1. EUROIBEX (EUROpean Ibex Spatial ecology) is an open, collaborative project based on a spatial database that stores shared ibex data to investigate variation in the species’ behavioural ecology along environmental gradients or population responses to specific conditions, such as habitat changes, impact of human activities, different hunting regimes, etc.
  2. The aim of EUROIBEX is to promote comparative theoretical and applied research into ibex behaviour and spatial ecology at the European scale and is part of the EUROMAMMALS umbrella project.
  3. EUROIBEX has been constructed, reflecting other EUROMAMMALS networks, to include in the first instance locations (GPS and VHF) and activity data of individually monitored ibex. It can be expanded to include other datasets, both individual-based, and population-based (e.g. individual performance metrics, capture-mark-recapture data, pathogen screenings, demography, etc).
  4. EUROIBEX is open to all research groups (later on called “Partners”) who are interested in contributing, with their data and expertise, to integrated analyses on European mammals’ behaviour and ecology.
  5. The Partners maintain full property and control of their own dataset, and they can therefore decide to withhold their participation at any stage, but in respect of what is stated at point 7 below.
  6. Each Partner names reference person(s) who is (are) responsible for the use of data in the EUROIBEX context (see point 7), the quality control of the data provided to EUROIBEX, and act(s) as the contact person(s) for the dataset; the reference person(s) undersign(s) this agreement in two copies, one to be kept by themselves and the other to be sent to the EUROIBEX coordinator. Both are signed by the EUROIBEX coordinator as a receipt.
  7. All reference persons have access to the mailing list of the respective network, the website private pages (i.e., accessible to the members of the respective networks only) and, when they provide data, to the full EUROIBEX network datasets, receiving a password and having the database opened to their IP/IPs, and they are responsible for sharing the access with other members of each Partner group. The database tables with data common to all EUROMAMMALS networks are given access to the Partners of all networks.
  8. All Partners who request to be included into EUROIBEX project implicitly accept and are obliged to respect the following rules for EUROIBEX dataset use and publication process (3 phases):
    •  the EUROIBEX dataset can be used, fully or in part, ONLY for those analyses that the majority of  Partners have agreed upon; (or other rule)
    •  all Partners or groups of Partners are invited to propose themes to be addressed with the EUROIBEX dataset and a related set of analyses; doing so, they will also promote discussion and ask the other Partners for permission to use their dataset for studying the proposed theme; at this stage, the Partners agree freely to study that specific theme (phase 1);
    • all Partners who agreed upon the theme and therefore provided their own dataset or expertise, will receive  the first draft of results from analyses; at this stage, each Partner will decide whether to continue to be involved in the publication process or withdraw their data and participation (phase 2);
    • the final stage concerns the formalisation of the manuscript on the specific theme and its submission for publication (phase 3);
    • only Partners who agreed upon the specific theme and therefore provided their own dataset or expertise and/or actively participated in the publication process will be co-authors of the scientific publications derived from the related analyses;
    • Partners’ withdrawal of dataset for use in the publication process of the specific theme is not permitted after phase 2, while the right to withdraw co-authorship stands;
    • in any case, Partners agree that any exceptions in terms of either database access and co-authorship can be discussed on a case by case basis among EUROIBEX Partners;
    • each Partner is responsible for the list of contributors from their research group to be included as co-authors on scientific publications;
    • the order of co-authors in scientific publications derived from the EUROIBEX dataset will be agreed upon by all participating Partners case by case and based on the common scientific practice.
  9. The EUROIBEX/EUROMAMMALS database is hosted on the server of Fondazione Edmund Mach – Centro Ricerca e Innovazione (FEM-CRI), San Michele all’Adige, Italy. FEM-CRI is responsible for the hosting of the EUROMAMMALS database on its server, and appoints the EUROMAMMALS coordinator. FEM-CRI provides administrative support, by creating a unique budget identifier to record income and expenditure of EUROMAMMALS. Such unique account will be managed by the EUROMAMMALS coordinator. After a first period , in which the development and maintenance of EUROIBEX database was supported by FEM-CRI, the maintenance and further developments of the database has been shared by all Partners, who contribute freely, in terms of frequency and amount to the expenses. Priorities for maintenance and development on how to allocate funds will be agreed among the Partners of EUROIBEX. The EUROMAMMALS coordinator will report annually on the state of funds and upon requests from Partners. Active Partners agree that they will yearly discuss and approve a projection of Profits and Losses.
  10. The website of the EUROIBEX project is: http://www.euroibex.org/. The owner and manager of the EUROMAMMALS domain and url is FEM-CRI that agrees to use and maintain this url solely on behalf and in the interest of all Partners of the EUROMAMMALS project.
  11. EUROMAMMALS Partners can provide for sponsorships by third parties, that, once approved by the EUROMAMMALS coordinator, will be regulated by separate agreements between FEM-CRI and the sponsor and that shall refer to these terms of use. Funds provided by sponsorship will be collected and spent as dealt with at point 8.
  12. This document shall be signed by every party that wants to join the EUROIBEX project in order to become an active Partner. The signed agreement to any of the networks of EUROMAMMALS has the same value and also regards the datasets and activities shared among networks.
  13. Every Partner and the EUROMAMMALS coordinator shall sign this document and are bound to respect it, as foreseen by the rules of their own Institution.