Terms of use

Terms of Use for EMODnet Ingestion online services and data

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 160 organisations that together work on assembling, harmonising and making marine data, products and metadata more available to public and private users. EMODnet Ingestion facilitates additional data holders to ingest their marine datasets for further processing, publishing as open data and contributing to applications for society.

Data sets are included and published in EMODnet Ingestion by data submitters on behalf of data originators, who own the intellectual property rights of the data sets. Users are granted a non-exclusive and non-transferable right to retrieve and use these data sets under the following terms:

  • Retrieval, by electronic download, and the use of data sets is free of charge;
  • Regardless of whether the data are quality controlled or not, EMODnet Ingestion, data submitters and data originators do not accept any liability for the correctness and/or appropriate interpretation of the data. Interpretation should follow scientific rules and is always the user’s responsibility. Correct and appropriate data interpretation is solely the responsibility of data users;
  • Users must acknowledge data sources when publishing by referring to the data sets in EMODnet Ingestion which give proper attribution of data originators;
  • Users should not give the data sets to third parties, but rather inform them about how to find and get the data sets at EMODnet Ingestion.

Where possible, ingested data sets are further processed and elaborated by expert data centres. Finalised data sets (possibly subsets of the original data package) are then included in the data management system of the data centre for long term stewardship and published at the data centre portal. In addition, action is undertaken by the data centre to populate the finalised curated datasets and related metadata into the appropriate European infrastructures (SeaDataNet, EurOBIS, EGDI, ICES, COGEA) and from there towards the relevant EMODnet thematic portals. Each of these infrastructures make use of their own data policies; however, the core conditions of use are comparable to those listed above for EMODnet Ingestion.

How to acknowledge EMODnet Ingestion services and data originators

Users are kindly requested to acknowledge EMODnet and its data originators/providers when using outputs based on its services, data or products. This implies acknowledging both the corresponding EMODnet project that provides access to the data as well as the data originators.

Please use the following acknowledgement statement:
"Data/Information used in this [type of derived work: e.g. publication/report/model/map...] was made available by the EMODnet Ingestion project, www.emodnet-ingestion.eu, funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The data originator(s) is/are [name of the data originator + affiliation; Repeat for multiple data originators]."

Please also note that:

  • the name of the data originator(s) can be found in the metadata of the data sets.