Content that you access through the Atlas website may also be subject to specific terms and conditions imposed by a data provider (Data Provider Terms). These Data Provider Terms may include certain licences to use the Content, such as Creative Commons licenses.
You/user – means you as a website user, Content/Data user, or Content/Data provider.
Data provider – means an individual or organization that makes Content available on or via the Atlas website.
Atlas website – means the website with the URL www.val.vtecostudies.org (or any URL replacing it or containing it within the URL including but not limited ____.vtatlasoflife.org) and associated web services, internet publishing tools, software, tools etc.
Content – means contributions or content; includes, but is not limited to, multimedia such as videos, sound files, photos, other images, music; textual material such as reviews, annotations, comments, forum and blog postings, information; biodiversity related information such as species names, morphology, taxonomy, behaviour, habitat, annotations, occurrence/sighting data, geospatial/location data, records, metadata; databases, datasets. Content may also include or be referred to as Data as the context requires, although Data is intended to be primarily the biodiversity related information outlined above.
Personal information is information relating to an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion provided.
In order to submit or use Content on the Atlas website or to utilize certain Atlas services or software you may be required to register to establish an account/user profile with the Atlas.
When registering, a genuine email address must be provided.
The Atlas recommends that you register using a pen name, nickname or pseudonym as your login name. You must not impersonate another living person or registered user. The Atlas may refuse registration of users whose suggested login names are considered inappropriate by the Atlas.
You will ensure that any registration information you give to the Atlas is accurate, correct and up to date.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your password(s). You are therefore responsible for everything done or submitted using your account.
If you become aware of any unauthorised use of your account, you should notify the Atlas immediately – .
Contributing or uploading Content
You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post, display, upload, etc on the Atlas website.
You are free to make available, use or publish your Content elsewhere.
You warrant that you own or created the Content or have the necessary rights, licenses or permissions to make the Content available on the Atlas website.
You will make reasonable efforts to ensure your Content is accurate at the time you collected or created it or made it available on the Atlas website.
You should avoid providing sensitive data, eg threatened species locations, quarantine or biosecurity sensitive information without first consulting with the Atlas.
At the time of adding your Content you should nominate the type of licence which will apply to your Content and how data users can use it. You can select from a number of options, primarily Creative Commons licences.
Where you contribute more detailed or extensive data sets, eg Data, you should enter into a data provider agreement with the Atlas.
Where you have not identified any specific terms or licences or Data Provider Terms on the use of Content you contribute to the Atlas, then you grant to the Atlas a non-exclusive, worldwide, free, perpetual, irrevocable licence to:
a) reproduce, copy, store, cache, manage, display, publish, distribute, use, reproduce, adapt, modify, make derivatives, change into other formats and incorporate it into other works or collections, for non commercial purposes and the activities that the Atlas undertakes; and
b) make available the Content and derivatives in accordance with the VAL Terms and a Creative Commons licence.
Note in some cases Content may be in the public domain, in the sense that it is not subject to copyright protection because copyright has expired or it does not qualify for copyright, eg individual species sightings, ideas, facts, names, styles, titles, slogans. Neither you nor the Atlas will seek to assert any intellectual property rights over this public domain Content. The Atlas and data users will be free to use such public domain Content in any way, although attribution where appropriate is appreciated.
Using the Content
If you use or download Content from the Atlas website you:
- recognize that most of it is protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights and will respect those rights
- agree to acknowledge, reference or attribute the relevant data provider (using any specific attribution wording they may have provided) in any derived information product, work or publication that is based on the relevant Content
- will comply with any Data Provider Terms (see below) that the data provider may indicate regarding its use, eg personal use only, non-commercial use, not make derivatives etc
- recognize that the Content is provided without any warranty regarding its quality, accuracy, completeness, currency, relevance or suitability for any particular purpose and that you use the Content at your own risk (see Disclaimer)
- respect any restrictions regarding the availability of the data, such as sensitive data.
Your use of Content may also be subject to specific terms and conditions imposed by a data provider (Data Provider Terms). You must comply with these Data Provider Terms. Where they exist they will be available through the metadata with the Content or shown with the Content.
If you want to use Content otherwise than in accordance with the data provider’s licence you need the approval or permission of the data provider.
A single page on the Atlas website may be made up of many different datasets, each covered by a different licence. You are required to check to see which licence applies to any portion(s) of the page or Content record you wish to use and abide by any restrictions on the Content.
Contributing to forums, making comments, posting information (Contributions, sharing)
Children’s Contributions and use of Content should be supervised by an adult.
You are legally responsible for your Contributions.
The Atlas may decide in its sole discretion what Contributions are published on the Atlas website.
You must not submit Contributions that:
- are defamatory, malicious, threatening, offensive, abusive, obscene, or otherwise unlawful or that violates laws regarding harassment, discrimination, racial vilification, privacy or contempt
- are intentionally false or misleading
- are an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights
- seek to promote or endorse commercial products or services or to solicit business
- deliberately provoke other community members, or are inappropriate, repetitive or off topic
- compromise your privacy or that of other contributors or that contain inappropriate personal information
- compromise sensitive data or confidential information around a particular species or observation.
You should be aware that your Contributions may remain online indefinitely.
This Atlas website and its Content are protected by copyright law. Copyright in this material resides with the Atlas or various other data providers as indicated.
The Atlas has accessed Content from many different sources. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that we have properly acknowledged/attributed the source of the Content and obtained the necessary permissions. If however you believe that we have not properly accessed your Content please do not hesitate to contact the Atlas and we will address your concerns.
Many of the trademarks or logos displayed on the Atlas website are the registered trademarks. All these trademarks cannot be used without the express written permission of the Atlas or the relevant third party.
The Atlas website, linked websites and Content are intended to provide information for general and scientific use, to assist research and public knowledge, discussion and policy development.
The Atlas makes the Atlas website and Content available on the understanding that you use them at your own risk – they are provided ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ and you exercise your own skill, judgement and care with respect to their use or your reliance on them.
The Atlas and data providers give no warranty regarding the quality, accuracy, completeness, currency, relevance or suitability for any particular purpose of the Content or the Atlas website.
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Atlas (including its employees and contractors) and data providers exclude all liability to any person for any consequences, including but not limited to all losses, damages (including indirect, special or consequential damages, loss of business, revenue/profit, loss of time etc), costs, expenses and any other compensation, arising directly or indirectly from your use of the Atlas website or Content or inability to access the Atlas website.
If you find any inaccurate, out of date or incomplete Content on the Atlas website, or if you suspect that something is an infringement of intellectual property rights, you must let us know immediately by contacting the Atlas or the data provider of the Content.
As a user of the Atlas website you must not use any personal information made available to you on this Atlas website for any purpose other than:
- in the case of an individual who made a particular record, eg sighting/observation data, to verify the details of that record and/or to acknowledge them as the relevant creator, and
- in the case of an individual administering a dataset, to contact them directly to request greater access, further information and/or support.
Links to external websites
The Atlas is all about bringing together biodiversity information from a host of sources around Australia and internationally. As such the Atlas provides links to a range of external websites; however, we do not have direct control over the content of the linked websites nor the changes that may occur to content on those websites.
It is your responsibility to make your own decisions about the accuracy, completeness, currency, relevance or suitability for any particular purpose of the content on external websites.
The Atlas is not responsible for, and does not endorse, the content on external websites.
The Atlas publishes links to external websites at its discretion, and reserves the right to remove user-posted links to external websites for any reason and at any time.
Linking to the Atlas website
We encourage use of links on external websites to the Atlas homepage or other relevant pages on the Atlas website.
Such links should not suggest that your website, organization or services/products are endorsed by the Atlas.
The Atlas reserves the right to prevent linking or framing by giving notice on the Atlas website.
Please advise us of any links you make to the Atlas website.
Security of the Atlas website
The internet exists across insecure, public networks and there is a risk that transmissions to or from this website may be intercepted and modified by third parties or that files obtained from or through this website may contain computer viruses, disabling codes, worms or other defects.
The Atlas accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to your computer system, software, or data occurring in connection with or relating to the Atlas website or its use including the tools provided. You are encouraged to take appropriate and adequate precautions to ensure that whatever is selected from this website is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage your computer system, software or data.
You must not try to circumvent the security features of this Atlas website, or tamper with, hack into, or in some other way disrupts any computer system, server, website, router or other device used to host this website or make it available.
Email addresses on the Atlas website
The presence of email addresses on the Atlas website does not infer consent to send unsolicited commercial electronic messages (email) to those addresses.
Site visit data
The Atlas website is operated by the Atlas without the use of an external service provider. When visiting the Atlas website, a record of your visit is logged. The following information is supplied by your browser or recorded by our servers:
- the user’s server address
- the user’s operating system, eg Windows, Mac OS
- the user’s top level domain name, eg .com, .gov, .au, .uk
- the date and time of the visit to the site
- the pages accessed and the documents/data downloaded
- the previous site visited
- search terms used
- the type of browser used.
We use the site visit data for the purposes of:
- monitoring, developing and improving the quality of the Atlas website
- dealing with your inquires and requests
- usage statistics such as determining traffic through the server, download statistics etc
- providing you with information about Atlas services and products.
This site visit data may be aggregated for analysis with identifiable characteristics removed. We may publish or provide this aggregated data to other people, for instance site/page usage statistics around a particular data set may be provided to the original data provider. We may also provide usage statistics to the Atlas funders.
No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the server’s logs.
Collection and use of personal information
When you email us, use an online form, submit content or data, enter a user profile, access restricted pages or contribute your details to a forum or as a contributor or expert:
- we will record your name, email address, telephone number, postal address, organisation, area of interest and such other personal information as provided
- we will only use your details to communicate with you, respond to your requests and enquiries and for directly related purposes as stated on the pages or forms where you submit it
- you may opt out of receiving communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions in any email we send
- your details will not be added to an external mailing list without your consent
- we will not use your details for any other purpose
- unless otherwise required to by law, we will not disclose any information you submit without your express permission or except where we may be required by law to disclose certain information
Note also that if you provide your personal information associated with biodiversity related data or records, then users of that data will be able to see the personal information provided, and may use that personal information to verify the details of the particular record, to acknowledge/attribute you as the creator of the record, or contact you to request greater access, further information or support.
Certain personal information may be required such as name and email address to provide a particular Atlas service or product, eg data set, to you or respond to your inquiries. This information may also be used by the Atlas to inform you of additional related products or services or obtain your feedback on the service or product.
A cookie is a small file that a website sends to your browser when you access information at that site. Upon receipt of the information your browser saves the information on your hard-disk (unless your browser doesn’t support cookies). Each time you use your computer to access that same website, the information that was previously received is sent back to the website by your browser. It records information necessary for certain website functions, such as remembering your preferences or settings.
If you don’t want to accept cookies, you can set your browser and/or firewall to block them. You will still be able to access most Atlas content but some interactive features will be unavailable.
Interaction with the Atlas website
There are a number of interactive features on the Atlas website that you can contribute to, eg forums, mailing lists, reviews, annotations, message boards and emails. Online forms and forums record information on clearly labelled fields. The information you provide will be solely used for the purposes stated on the form/page.
Please keep in mind if you directly disclose or post personal information through the Atlas website on pages such as sightings information, forums or message boards, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the internet and may be collected and used by others. We suggest that you use your discretion and exercise caution when providing your personal information. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from posting any information that you do not want seen in these public areas.
This site contains links to other sites. The Atlas is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
Security of information
Your personal information will not be released unless the law requires or permits it or your permission is given. We provide a secure environment and a reliable system but you should be aware that there may be inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet. For those who do not wish to use the internet, the Atlas provides alternative ways of obtaining and providing information.