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USA-NPN Website Terms of Use

Version 2.2, Approved and posted August 22, 2017

Table of Contents


Terms of Use

Introduction
Content on the Site
Your Content Contributed to the Site
Confidentiality of Your Content
General Privacy Policy
Observer Privacy Policy
Third-Party Application on a Mobile Device
Third-party Sites, Products and Services 
Your conduct on the Site
Disclaimers
Arbitration
Miscellaneous

Policies

Good Samaritan Content Policy
Nature's Notebook Use Policy
USA-NPN Phenology Protocols Use and Attribution Policy
For-Profit Company Policy
USA-NPN Data Use Policy
USA-NPN Data Attribution Policy

 


 Introduction

Your use of this USA-NPN Website (“Site”) or any of the information, products, or services offered on this Site (collectively, the “Services”) is subject to these Terms of Use (these “Terms”). We may modify these Terms at any time without prior notice to you by posting revised Terms on this Site. Your use of this Site constitutes your binding acceptance of these Terms, including any modifications.

Some of the Services may be subject to additional posted conditions. Your use of those Services is subject to those conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms by reference. In the event of an inconsistency between these Terms and any additional posted conditions, the provisions of the additional conditions shall control.

You understand and agree that you must be over the age of thirteen (13) to subscribe to our mailing lists and register with the USA-NPN. Any contact information provided by you will be used only for e-mail announcements and mailings from the USA-NPN, or your group administrator if you participate in a group. The number and content of announcements and mailings e-mailed by the USA-NPN to you will be kept to a minimum. If at any time you wish to remove yourself from the USA-NPN mailing list, you may do so by using the footer link in any e-mail you received from the USA-NPN. Your username and state will be displayed on our leaderboards, unless you opt out on the user registration form.

You understand and agree that the Services of this Site may include communications such as service announcements and administrative messages from the operator or from other entities authorized to make such communications from the Site, and that these communications are considered part of the Services. You will not be able to opt out of receiving these messages as long as you continue to use the Site. These types of communications are not intended to be advertisements, and this Site is not to be used for the purpose of generating mass distribution of e-mails (“spam”). Because operation of the Site involves the assignment of roles to users that will govern their level of use and access to various portions of the Site, users can not opt out of receiving information, directions, and instructions regarding announcements and administrative messages from the Site.

The operator of the Site is the National Coordinating Office (NCO) of the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), and can be reached at nco@usanpn.org. The NCO is funded and operated through a cooperative agreement between the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the University of Arizona. The office is located at USA-NPN National Coordinating Office, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, 1311 E 4th Street, Suite 325, Tucson AZ  85721.


 Content on the Site

The Site includes content that is created by various contributors to the Site. All materials published on the Site, including, but not limited to, written content, photographs, graphics, images, illustrations, marks, logos, sound or video clips, and animation, are protected by copyrights or trademarks. Other than as explicitly identified in the USA-NPN Data Use Policy, you may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, or in any way exploit any of the materials or content on the Site in whole or in part, except for your own personal use, or for the purposes for which the Site is established (such as dissemination of phenological data and information).  For more information on the activities and mission of the USA-NPN and the Site, see http://www.usanpn.org/about). Please click [USA-NPN DATA USE POLICY] for the full content of the policy regarding the use of downloaded USA-NPN data. The use of any material or content from the Site in a presentation or technical documentation must include an appropriate reference (i.e., source: URL address), and proper attribution of authorship. Please click [USA-NPN DATA ATTRIBUTION POLICY] for the full content of the policy regarding the citation and publication of USA-NPN data.

The Site contains content that is provided by the operator, the sponsor, and third parties. Neither the operator nor the sponsor of the Site guarantees the accuracy, integrity, or quality of the content on the Site. The operator of the Site retains the right, but not the obligation, to remove any content that may violate these Terms or that is otherwise objectionable.

Portions of the Site are viewable on the Internet by the public. However, the Site does not allow the public at large to make contributions of content to the Site. Access to other (non-public) portions of the Site is available only for users who complete a registration process and create a unique username and password. The level of access available to any user creating a username and password will depend upon the role of each user. A user may have multiple roles, including contributor and observer. The operator of the Site reserves the right to impose requirements and conditions applicable to the assignment of roles, and to set or modify the level(s) of access for each role.


 Your Content Contributed to the Site

Any material, including but not limited to registration information, data, text, graphics, models, displays, calculations, reports, or commentaries that you upload, post, transmit, e-mail, or otherwise make available on the Site is referred to as “Your Content.”  You are solely responsible for Your Content. You represent and agree that you own all intellectual property rights in Your Content. You grant to the operator of the Site, the sponsor, our affiliates, and our partners a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, transfer, transmit, distribute, and publish Your Content and subsequent versions of Your Content for the purposes of: (1) displaying Your Content on the Site; (2) distributing Your Content, either electronically or via other media, to users seeking to download or otherwise acquire it; and/or (3) storing Your Content in a database accessible by various end users. This license shall apply to the distribution and storage of Your Content in any form, medium, or technology now known or developed later.

Photographs submitted via the Phenophase Photo Submission form (http://www.usanpn.org/node/add/species-photo), that are used in web or print applications will be captioned with a credit to the photographer if provided and practical. If it is not practical to caption the image, credit will be given on a site-wide photo acknowledgement page.  The operator can only accept photos with copyrights or licenses that allow changes to the image (needed to clearly illustrate our phenophase definitions). We accept photos with a Creative Commons Attribution license, Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike license, Attribution-ShareAlike license, Attribution-NonCommercial license, a Public Domain status, or an equivalent copyright or license. When sharing user-contributed photographs with our collaborators, we will include information on licensing and credit.


 Confidentiality of Your Content

The content on the Site, including but not limited to Your Content, may be shared with other organizations having a need to interact with or obtain content from the Site. Any content from the Site shared with other organizations may include information you contribute to the Site as part of your role, and may include personally identifiable information if you make such information available as part of Your Content.

The administrator for each organization having access to this site is responsible for: (1) establishing protocols for both inbound and outbound sharing of information; (2) informing all other organizations of the appropriate protocols; (3) monitoring the sharing of information; (4) administering the access privileges of other organizations for outbound sharing of information; and (5) keeping a log of all individuals and organizations having access to information from this Site. 


 General Privacy Policy

You are able to visit the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) Website without identifying who you are or providing any personal information. If you do decide to register with USA-NPN to facilitate reporting your phenological observations or contributing content to the site, we will not sell, trade, or give away your personal information, which includes your name, home address, e-mail address, telephone numbers, and suggestions or comments made by e-mail.


 Observer Privacy Policy

Privacy Act Statement

Authority: Relevant acts include the Organic Act, 43 U.S.C. 31 et seq., 1879; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 1934; Fish and Wildlife Act, 1956; Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 1918; Migratory Bird Conservation Act, 1900; Federal Land Policy and Management Act, 1976; Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act, 1978; Endangered Species Act, 1973; Marine Mammal Protection Act, 1972; Great Lakes Fishery Act, 1956; Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, 1990; Water Resources Development Act, 1990; and other authorizations conveyed to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Purpose: The USA-NPN uses names and email addresses to communicate with participants.

Routine Uses: The USA-NPN may communicate program updates, and contact participants in the event it is necessary to follow up on observations submitted.  If a participant is affiliated with a group, the group leader uses the name and email to communicate with the participant. Usernames and states are presented on the USA-NPN leaderboards. Personal information is not otherwise released to any other party.

Disclosure: Providing this information is voluntary. People may use many of the USA-NPN website tools and services without registration. To submit observations in Nature’s Notebook, participants must provide a username and email address.

The USA-NPN recognizes two types of observers: individual and group. A group observer is affiliated with a group, which has an administrator who has been given authorized access to the Site. In signing up with a group, a group observer has agreed to a policy of sharing his or her name, username, email, location, and observations with others in the group. A group observer has also agreed to allow the administrator of a group to download his or her name, username, email, location, and observations from a “group site interface.” In contrast to a group observer, an individual observer will not be identified by name, username, email or location, but only by a numeric identification (ID) in the Site. The numeric identification (ID) will be associated with any observations uploaded to the Site by an individual observer. 

With the exception of the identity and observation sharing policy within a group as described above, group observers and individual observers uploading data to the Site will be covered by the General Privacy Policy in this Terms of Use. Also, stringent safeguards will be in effect for group and individual observers who upload special observations subject to state and/or federal laws. Special observations requiring stringent safeguards include, but are not limited to, threatened or endangered species and invasive species. If you are submitting special observations potentially subject to (or requiring) stringent safeguards, please contact the USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org) for the appropriate upload arrangements. 


Third-party Application on a Mobile Device

The Site may accept content submitted by an authorized, third-party application (app) on a mobile device. An application must be preapproved in writing by the operator of the Site in order to be authorized for use with the Site. Content submitted by a third-party application operated by you on a mobile device will be considered Your Content and subject the same terms and conditions as any other content contributed by you to the Site. The operator of this Site will not be responsible for the design, function, or performance of any third-party application on any mobile device nor be responsible for the content submitted by the application to the Site. The inclusion on this Site of content submitted by a third-party application is not an endorsement of that third-party application unless explicitly agreed to in a separate arrangement. 


 Third-party Sites, Products, and Services

The Site may contain links to other Internet sites owned by third parties. Your use of each of those sites is subject to the conditions, if any, posted by each of those sites. Unless explicitly stated to the contrary, the operator of this Site has no control over the content that may appear on sites owned by third parties. The inclusion on this Site of any third-party content or a link to a third-party site is not an endorsement of that content or third-party site unless explicitly agreed to in a separate arrangement.  


 Your Conduct on the Site

If registration information is requested from you, you agree to provide true, accurate, current, and complete information. You agree to promptly update your registration to keep it accurate, current, and complete. You may not use anyone else’s username and/or password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your accounts, username(s), and password(s). You agree to immediately notify the operator of the Site of any unauthorized use of your

username(s), password(s), account(s), and/or any other breach of security. You also agree to exit from your account(s) at the end of each session. The operator of the Site is not responsible for any loss or damage that may result if you fail to comply with these requirements.

You agree that you will not use the Site to take any of the following actions:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate the legal right of others;
  • Publish, post, upload, e-mail, distribute, or disseminate (collectively, “Transmit”) any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, or unlawful content;
  • Transmit files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage or adversely affect the operation of another person’s computer, the Site, any software or hardware, or telecommunications equipment;
  • Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services for any commercial purpose unless you have our written consent to do so;
  • Transmit surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, spam, unsolicited advertising or promotional materials, or chain letters;
  • Download any file that you know or reasonably should know cannot be legally obtained in such manner;
  • Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices, or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or the source of software or other material;
  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying any public area within the Site;
  • Collect or store personal information about other end users;
  • Interfere with or disrupt the Site, its related servers, or networks;
  • Impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • Forge headers or manipulate identifiers or other data in order to disguise the origin of any content transmitted through the Site or to manipulate the authenticity of your presence on the Site;
  • Take any action that imposes an unreasonably or disproportionately large load on the infrastructure supporting the Site;
  • Engage in any illegal activities.

You agree to use any bulletin board(s), chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, and/or message or communication facilities (collectively, the “Forums”) only to send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to that particular Forum.

If you choose a username that, in our sole discretion, is obscene, indecent, abusive or that might otherwise subject the Site to public disparagement or scorn, the operator of the Site reserves the right, without prior notice to you, to change your username, delete your posts from the Site, deny you access to the Site, or any combination of these options.

 Unauthorized access to the Site is a breach of these Terms and a violation of the law. You agree not to access the Site by any means other than through the interface that is provided for use in accessing the Site. You agree not to use any automated means, including, without limitation, agents, robots, scripts, or spiders, to access, monitor, or copy any part of the Site, except those automated means, if any, that are approved in advance and in writing.

Your use of the Site is subject to existing laws and legal requirements. Nothing contained in these Terms shall limit the right of the operator of the Site to comply with governmental, court, and law-enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site.

The operator of the Site has the right, but not the obligation, to take any of the following actions at any time and for any reason without giving you any prior notice:

  1. Restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Services;
  2. Change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Services;
  3. Refuse, move, or remove any material that you submit to the Site for any reason;
  4. Refuse, move, or remove any content that is available on the Site;
  5. Deactivate or delete your account(s) and all related information and files in your account(s); and
  6. Establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Site.

You agree that the operator of the Site, its affiliates, sponsors, or partners, will not be liable to you or any third party for taking any of these actions.

Release of Liability

You agree to assume any and all risks involved in or arising from the collection and recording of observations uploaded to the Site including, without limitation but not limited to, risks of death, bodily injury, property damage, falls, bites, stings, collisions with moving or stationary objects, fire or explosion, unavailability of emergency medical care, or the negligence or deliberate act of another person.

 You agree to hold USA-NPN and all its successors, assigns, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and agents completely harmless and not liable and release them from all liability whatsoever and agree not to sue them on account of or in connection with any claims, causes of action, injuries, damages, cost or expenses arising out of your collection and recording of observations uploaded to the Site, including without limitation, those based on death, bodily injury, property damage, and including any consequential damages.

You agree to waive the protection afforded by any statute or law in any jurisdiction whose purpose, substance and/or effect is to provide that a general release shall not extend to claims material or otherwise, which the person giving the release does not know or suspect to exist at the time of executing the release.

 You agree to indemnify and defend the USA-NPN against, and hold it harmless from, any and all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney’s fees, which in any way arise from your collection and recording of observations uploaded to the Site.

 


 Disclaimers

Any responsibility for the deletion, the failure to store, the misdelivery, or the untimely delivery of any information or material from the Site is disclaimed. Furthermore, any responsibility for any harm resulting from downloading or accessing any information or material on the Internet using search results from the Site is disclaimed. If you subscribe to any Service, there is no guarantee of continuation of the Service, and you will not be entitled to any claim as a result of any service outages that are caused by maintenance on the servers or the technology that supports the Site, failures of our service providers (including telecommunications, hosting, and power providers), computer viruses, natural disasters, or other destruction or damage of our facilities, acts of nature, war, civil disturbance, or any other cause beyond our reasonable control, or discontinuation of the Service at our sole discretion for any reason. 

THE OPERATOR OF THE SITE DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE. IN ADDITION, NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION AS TO THE CONTENT ON THE SITE IS MADE. THE SITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. ANY MATERIAL THAT YOU DOWNLOAD OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN THROUGH THE SITE IS OBTAINED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY POTENTIAL DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. THE OPERATOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY THAT: (i) THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (ii) THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE; (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL THAT YOU OBTAIN THROUGH THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS OR REQUIREMENTS; AND (v) ANY ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED. THE OPERATOR DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, ANY CONTENT, OR ANY SERVICES, TOOLS, PRODUCTS, OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE SITE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOU WILL ASSUME THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE AND THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ITS CONTENT.

THE OPERATOR OF THE SITE, ITS SPONSORS, AFFILIATES AND PARTNERS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, EVEN IF ANY SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE OPERATOR OF THE SITE AND ITS RESPECTIVE AGENTS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

YOU AGREE TO WAIVE ANY CLAIMS OR REMEDIES THAT YOU MIGHT OTHERWISE BE ABLE TO MAKE AGAINST THE OPERATOR OR SPONSOR OF THE SITE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LAW (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE CONTENT AT THIS SITE. Please click [GOOD SAMARITAN POLICY] for the full content of the policy regarding removal of content. 


 Arbitration

The operator of the Site may elect to resolve any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms or the use of the Site by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in a jurisdiction where the operator resides or is domiciled, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.


 Miscellaneous

The operator of the Site may be required by state or federal law to notify you of certain events. You hereby acknowledge and consent that such notices will be effective upon posting any such notice on the Site or delivering such notice to you through e-mail. You may update your e-mail address by visiting the Site where you have provided contact information. If you do not provide the operator with accurate information, the operator cannot be expected to notify you of any particular event.

 Any failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the Site or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

These Terms, including all terms, conditions, and policies that are incorporated into these Terms by reference, constitute the entire agreement and govern your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements regarding your use of the Site.

These Terms shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona, without reference to its principles regarding conflicts of laws, and the laws of the United States.

If any part of these Terms is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Terms shall continue in effect.

Revised August 22, 2017  


 Good Samaritan Content Policy

It is the policy of the operator of the Site to not tolerate any acts of intellectual property infringement or violations of United States law or to allow for any pornographic, offensive, obscene, or defamatory material to be posted at this Site. The operator of the Site will do its best, in good faith, to purge or otherwise restrict the availability of material that is infringing, offensive, obscene, harassing, or otherwise objectionable. The provisions of this section are intended to implement this policy but are not intended to impose a contractual obligation on the operator to undertake, or refrain from undertaking, any particular course of conduct. 

If you believe that someone has posted material at this Site that infringes on the intellectual property or other rights of third parties or that is in violation of U.S. law or that is obscene, offensive, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable, we ask you to promptly notify us by e-mail at nco@usanpn.org. You must use this address if you want to ensure that your complaint is actually received by the appropriate person charged with responding to such communications.

In order to respond as quickly as possible to any complaint, please provide as much detail as possible, including: (1) the nature of the right infringed or violated (including the registration numbers of any registered copyrights, trademarks, or patents allegedly infringed); (2) all facts that lead you to believe that a right has been violated or infringed; (3) the precise location on the Site where the offending material is located; (4) any grounds you have to believe that the person who posted the material was not authorized to do so or did not have a valid defense (including the defense of fair use); and (5) if known, the identity of the person or persons who posted the infringing or offending material.

 By lodging a complaint, you agree that the substance of your complaint shall be deemed to constitute a representation made under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States. In addition, you agree, at your own expense, to defend and indemnify the operator of the Site against any liability that may arise by responding to your complaint.

 The operator of the Site expects visitors to the Site to take responsibility for their own actions. Accordingly, the operator cannot assume liability for any acts of third parties that take place at this Site. By this Agreement, you acknowledge that in establishing a complaint procedure, the operator is taking on the role of a Good Samaritan and, in order to allow the operator of the Site to do its best, in good faith, to purge or otherwise restrict the availability of material that is infringing, obscene, offensive, or otherwise objectionable, you agree to waive any claims or remedies that you might otherwise be able to make against the operator under any theory of law (including, but not limited to, intellectual property laws) arising out of or relating in any way to the content at this Site.

You agree that the operator of the Site has the right (but not the obligation) to investigate any complaint received and, at any time and for any reason, to remove any material or information that you post to this Site, with or without your permission, and with or without cause, in its sole discretion. By reserving this right, the operator of the Site does not undertake any responsibility, in fact, to remove content posted online, whether or not a complaint has been received.

 You expressly agree that the operator of the Site may remove, disable, or restrict access to or the availability of any material or information from this Site (including, but not limited to, material or information that you have posted or stored) that the operator believes, in good faith and in its sole discretion, to violate provisions of these Terms (whether or not the operator is, in fact, correct in such assessment) or that is the subject of a notification sent to the operator pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you believe that the operator has acted mistakenly with respect to certain material or information, you may contact the operator by e-mail at nco@usanpn.org, in which case the operator may investigate the matter further. The operator reserves the right, however, to take no further action. Posting or storing material at this Site is a privilege, not a right. Under no circumstances may the operator be held liable for removing, disabling, or restricting access to or the availability of material.


Nature’s Notebook Use Policy

The USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org), referred to as the “NCO,” enthusiastically supports local or regional implementation of its national-scale, phenology monitoring program, “Nature’s Notebook.” The NCO allows the use of the “Nature’s Notebook” name as long as the local or regional collaborator or project, referred to as “Collaborator.” agrees to the following terms.

  1. The Collaborator informs the NCO (nco@usanpn.org) of the Nature’s Notebook project. By being aware of your intention to start a project, the NCO can inform you of any improvements we make to the program, and direct interested observers to your project.
  2. The Collaborator follows the methods, protocols, and definitions used by Nature’s Notebook.
  3. The Collaborator clearly distinguishes the project from the national effort by adding a descriptive tag to the title “Nature's Notebook” (e.g., “Nature's Notebook at UCSB” or “Nature's Notebookin Northern California”).
  4. The Collaborator provides a brief description of the national program. The suggested text is “Nature's Notebook is a plant and animal phenology observation program of the USA National Phenology Network (www.usanpn.org)”; however, modifications that do not change the meaning are acceptable. The program name “Nature’s Notebook” should be italicized if possible.
  5. If applicable to the implementation goal of the Collaborator, the Collaborator will add a link to the USA-NPN Site (www.usanpn.org) or Nature’s Notebook Site (www.naturesnotebook.org) within or in close proximity to this description.

The USA-NPN recommends, but does not require, a brief description of how the project is a local or regional implementation of the national program. A suggested description could be “Nature’s Notebook at UCSB is a local implementation of the USA-NPN Nature’s Notebook program.”

The USA-NPN allows the unmodified use of the Nature’s Notebook logo (found at https://www.usanpn.org/about/media#outreach). High-resolution digital versions of the logo may be requested by e-mailing nco@usanpn.org.


 

USA-NPN Phenology Protocols Use and Attribution Policy

The National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org), referred to as the “NCO,” encourages the use of the USA-NPN's phenology protocols by collaborating institutions and individuals. The protocols consist of phenophases (plant and animal life cycle stages, such as ‘open flowers’), their definitions and the protocol-species assignments (Denny et al, 2014). The use of the USA-NPN phenology protocols in print or on the Internet must be credited to the USA-NPN. The recommended credit is “Phenology protocols developed by the USA National Phenology Network”; however, modifications that do not change the meaning are acceptable.


For-Profit Company Policy

The USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org) encourages for-profit companies to participate on the USA-NPN Site and supports a policy of equal access and use. The USA-NPN NCO makes no special allowances nor applies any special restrictions on for-profit companies other than those that are outlined in its USA-NPN Website Terms of Use. The USA-NPN welcomes any suggestions from for-profit companies that would support the mission of the USA-NPN or improve the scope and operation of the USA-NPN Site. The USA-NPN and a for-profit company will acknowledge the collaboration between the organizations on their respective websites.


USA-NPN Data Use Policy

The USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org), referred to as the “USA-NPN,” as operator of the USA-NPN Website, requires all users, referred to as “Users,” who have access to USA-NPN data via the Website to abide by the following terms of this USA-NPN Data Use Policy.

  1. Data accessible via the USA-NPN National Phenology Database and Site are openly and universally available to all users, under a Creative Commons – Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, enabling users to share and adapt the data for any purpose, as long as appropriate credit is given. Credit includes citation and acknowledgement as described below under USA-NPN Data Attribution Policy. Full terms of the Creative Commons – Attribution license are at:  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
  2. The USA-NPN is not responsible for data content or the use of the data.
  3. Neither the USA-NPN nor its employees or contractors is liable or responsible for the content of data, or for any loss, damage, claim, cost, or expense, however it may arise, from an inability to use the USA-NPN National Phenology Database and Site.
  4. The USA-NPN disclaims all liability for and makes no warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to these products and their manufacturers, including without limitation, any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
  5. While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of USA-NPN data and documentation contained in a data set, complete accuracy of data and metadata cannot be guaranteed. All USA-NPN data and metadata are made available “as is.” Users of USA-NPN data hold all parties involved in the production and distribution of a data set harmless for damages resulting from its use or interpretation. 

USA-NPN Data Attribution Policy

The USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org), referred to as “USA-NPN,” requires that all USA-NPN data and/or other forms of information from the USA-NPN Website downloaded by a user, referred to as “User,” be acknowledged as received from the USA-NPN according to the following terms of this USA-NPN Data Attribution Policy.

A. The following acknowledgments must be included either in the main text or Acknowledgments section of all publications using data distributed by the USA-NPN:

    1. For publications using USA-NPN contemporary data collected through Nature’s Notebook since 2008:  “Data were provided by the USA National Phenology Network and the many participants who contribute to its Nature’s Notebook program.”
    2. For publications using historic lilac and honeysuckle data (1956-2008) downloaded from the USA-NPN website:  “Lilac/honeysuckle data were provided by the USA National Phenology Network, Joseph M. Caprio, Mark D. Schwartz, and all contributors to past U.S. Dept. of Agriculture regional phenology projects.”
    3. For publications using the gridded accumulated growing degree day and Spring Index maps accessed via the USA-NPN Geoserver: “Data were provided by the USA National Phenology Network.”

B. All data sets distributed by USA-NPN should be cited as described below:

    1. For publications using USA-NPN contemporary data collected through Nature’s Notebook since 2008:  USA National Phenology Network. Year of dataset access. Plant and Animal Phenology Data. Data type: [Status and Intensity, Individual Phenometrics, Site Phenometrics or Magnitude Phenometrics]. [Date range of data used] for Region: [Coordinates]. USA-NPN, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Data set accessed [Date] at http://doi.org/10.5066/F78S4N1V

      Example: USA National Phenology Network. 2017. Plant and Animal Phenology Data. Data type: Site Phenometrics. 01/01/2011-12/31/2016 for Region: 49.9375°, -66.4791667° (UR); 24.0625°, -125.0208333° (LL). USA-NPN, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Data set accessed 06/15/2017 at http://doi.org/10.5066/F78S4N1

    2. For publications using gridded maps accessed via the USA-NPN Geoserver, formatted as follows: [Author] [Year Published] [Dataset Title] {as of [DOY] (for continuous daily data) | Year(s) [Year(s)] (for annual products) | Date [Date] (for daily products) } for Region [Coordinates]. [Parameterized URL for Data Download] [Data Owner][City/State] Dataset Accessed [Date of Access] at [DOI Link].

      Example for Accumulated Growing Degree Days: USA National Phenology Network. 2017. Daily Temperature Accumulations - 32 Base Temp as of 2017-08-02. Region: 49.9375°, -66.4791667° (UR); 24.0625°, -125.0208333° (LL). http://data.usanpn.org/geoserver‑request‑builder?service=wms&layer=gdd:agdd&date=2017‑08‑02&format=image/png&projection=4269&width=1700&height=800&colors=1 . USA-NPN, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Data set accessed 2017-8-2. http://doi.org/10.5066/F7SN0723

      Example for the Spring Indices: USA National Phenology Network. 2017. Spring Indices, Current Year - First Bloom - Spring Index Date 2017-08-02. Region: 49.9375°, -66.4791667° (UR); 24.0625°, -125.0208333° (LL) http://data.usanpn.org/geoserver‑request‑builder?service=wms&layer=si‑x:average_bloom_ncep&date=2017‑08‑02&format=image/png&projection=4269&width=1700&height=800&colors=1 . USA-NPN, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Data set accessed 2017-8-2. http://doi.org/10.5066/F7XD0ZRK

       Example for Maximum Daily Temperatures: USA National Phenology Network. 2017. Daily Maximum Temperatures Date 2017-08-02. Region: 49.9375°, -66.4791667° (UR); 24.0625°, -125.0208333° (LL). http://data.usanpn.org/geoserver‑request‑builder?service=wms&layer=climate:tmax&date=2017‑08‑02&format=image/png&projection=4269&width=1700&height=800&colors=1 . USA-NPN, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Data set accessed 2017-8-2. http://doi.org/10.5066/F7SN0723

    3. For publications using historic lilac and honeysuckle data (1956-2008) downloaded from the USA-NPN website:  Caprio, J.M., Schwartz M.D. and the USA National Phenology Network. 2013. Lilac and Honeysuckle Data for the United States, 1956-2013. Tucson, Arizona, USA: USA-NPN. Dataset accessed YYYY-MM-DD at http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F78S4N1V 
    4. For publications using Daymet climate data downloaded from the USA-NPN website: Thornton, P.E., M.M. Thornton, B.W. Mayer, Y. Wei, R. Devarakonda, R.S. Vose, and R.B. Cook. 2017. Daymet: Daily Surface Weather Data on a 1-km Grid for North America, Version 3. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1328

C. Bibliographic information must be provided to the USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (nco@usanpn.org) for all manuscripts using USA-NPN data immediately after their publication.

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