- About the Portal. The Portal is operated by the Marine Environmental Research Infrastructure for Data Integration and Application Network (also known as MERIDIAN), a multi-institutional consortium of ocean researchers and computer and data management professionals, and made available through Dalhousie University. The Portal is a web service designed to help users discover data produced in Canada and worldwide related to underwater acoustics and vessel tracking, as well as tools used to manipulate and visualize such data. The Portal does not include datasets or files; instead, the Portal provides detailed records about what data and resources exist and how they can be accessed. Users may access and use the data and resources provided via the Portal, and may submit data through the submission form or through permitted bulk harvesting protocols. More information about the Portal can be found in the MERIDIAN Discovery Portal Quick Guide.
- access data not intended for you;
- tamper with, breach or attempt to breach the security of the Portal or bypass any measures Dalhousie University may use to prevent or restrict access to the Portal, including any authentication measures;
- restrict, disrupt, unduly burden, or disable service to users, hosts, servers, or networks;
- frame or mirror any part of the Portal, or use metatags, code, or other devices containing any reference to the Portal or Dalhousie University to direct any person to any other site for any purpose;
- introduce to or through the Portal any virus, trojan horse, worm, logic bomb, or other material or software intended to damage or alter a computer system or data;
- attack the Portal via a denial-of-service attack, distributed denial of service attack, flooding, mailbombing, or crashing;
- use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, process, or means to access the Portal for any purpose, except as expressly authorized by Dalhousie University;
- send unsolicited or unauthorized materials, junk mail, spam, or any form of duplicative or unsolicited messages, whether commercial or otherwise;
- harvest, strip, scrape, mine, collect, or otherwise gather information or data regarding users, including email addresses, without their consent; or
- interfere with or disrupt in any way the proper working of the Portal.
- Contributor Submissions Standards. All metadata submitted by users to the Portal (including metadata submitted to but not intended to be displayed on the Portal, such as in-progress metadata) constitute “Contributor Submissions”. Contributor Submissions are subject to validation by Dalhousie University to ensure the data comply with data quality requirements.
You also warrant and agree that your use of the Portal and any Contributor Submissions you make shall not in any way:
- breach any obligation or restriction created by any contract to which you are a party, including confidentiality obligations;
- infringe or misappropriate any third party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property or legal rights, such as moral rights or rights of publicity or privacy;
- include or contain any material that is abusive, exploitive, defamatory, discriminatory on a legally prohibited ground, harassing, harmful, hateful, inflammatory, obscene, offensive, threatening, or otherwise objectionable;
- restrict or inhibit anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Portal, or encourage conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Portal; or
- give the impression of originating from or being endorsed by Dalhousie University or any other entity or person, if this is not the case.
- Additional Responsibilities for Contributors. In relation to Contributor Submissions you make, you must:
- only submit metadata for data that can be made publicly accessible;
- provide sufficient metadata and context to enable other users to discover what data and resources exist and how they can be accessed;
- provide appropriate attribution and citations in accordance with applicable academic conventions;
- promptly notify Dalhousie University of any confidentiality, privacy or data protection, licensing, or intellectual property issues regarding your Contributor Submissions.
The Portal as a whole is open-source software licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 and includes third-party open-source software components, which are governed by and subject to their own licenses. Any use of the Portal (in whole or in part) or a software component as open-source software is governed by and subject to the terms and conditions of the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 as well as the terms and conditions of the licenses applicable to the respective software components.
- Grant of Licence and Intellectual Property – Contributor Submissions. Contributors and their licensors retain all ownership rights to Contributor Submissions. By making Contributor Submissions, you hereby grant Dalhousie University a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, and transferable licence to use, reproduce, modify, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, and otherwise disclose to third parties your Contributor Submissions, and to create copies and backups, migrate to other mediums or formats, and alter the Contributor Submissions for the purposes of preservation or compliance with data quality requirements, and you declare and warrant that you own or have the necessary rights to submit the Contributor Submissions and have the right to grant such licence.
Your personal information may be used by Dalhousie University to track Contributor Submissions, to contact you in connection with the Portal or your Contributor Submissions, or to respond to communications you make. Other users, who may be located outside of Canada or in jurisdictions other than your own, may also collect, view, and use your personal information to contact you in connection with your Contributor Submissions, or to respond to communications you make. Dalhousie University has no control over or responsibility for personal information you share with other users.
More information about privacy, cookies, and weblogging can be found in Dalhousie University’s Privacy Statement.
- Requests for Removal or Alteration of Contributor Submissions. Once you make a Contributor Submission, you may no longer directly remove or alter your Contributor Submission. Any requests to remove or alter Contributor Submissions are considered by and granted at the discretion of Dalhousie University. If you wish to remove or alter your submitted Contributor Submissions, please direct your request to Dalhousie University at email@example.com.
- Disclaimer. The Portal is made available to users on an “as is” and “as available” basis, without any warranties or conditions of any kind, either express or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. You acknowledge that your use of the Portal and its contents are at your sole risk. Dalhousie University does not represent, warrant, or covenant that the Portal or its contents will meet your requirements or that any result will be obtained through using the Portal.
Further, Dalhousie University does not make any representation, warranty, covenant, or endorsement as to the completeness, correctness, security, reliability, availability, suitability, accuracy, or currency of the Portal or its contents, or that files or data available for downloading from the internet or via the Portal will be free of viruses or other destructive code.
The Portal may contain content provided by third parties, including other users and third-party licensors. All statements and opinions expressed in any such third-party content are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the person or entity providing those materials. Such materials do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Dalhousie University, and Dalhousie University has no responsibility or liability whatsoever to you or any third party for the content or accuracy of any third-party materials.
- Limitation of Liability. Under no circumstance will Dalhousie University, nor its directors, employees, agents, partners, suppliers, or content providers be liable under contract, tort, strict liability, negligence or any other legal theory for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, including, but not limited to, personal injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of business or anticipated savings, loss of use, loss of goodwill, loss of data, and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract, breach of privacy, or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with your use, or inability to use, or reliance on, the Portal, any linked websites or such other third-party websites, nor any content, materials, posting, or information thereon, or for any bugs, viruses, trojan horses or similar (regardless of the source of origination), or for any errors or omissions in any content or Contributor Submissions or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of or arising out of your use of any content or Contributor Submissions.
If you are in any way dissatisfied with the Portal, your only remedy is to discontinue using the Portal. To the extent any exclusion of warranties or limitations of liability are prohibited by law, Dalhousie University’s liability will be limited to the maximum extent possible under applicable laws, and in no event will Dalhousie University’s liability to you under any legal theory exceed CAD$10 in the aggregate.
- Contact. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Portal or your use of the Portal, please contact MERIDIAN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 2020-10-09