Ownership and Use of Data

The data and media available through Arctos are the property of the originating institution, with all rights reserved. Specifically:

  • Data are intended for use in education and research and may not be repackaged, redistributed, or sold in any form without prior written consent from the curator(s) of the collection(s) holding such data. (Note that many queries will return data from across several collections.)
  • Static “snapshots” of Arctos data should be strictly for one-time analyses, and not for redundant descriptive internet publication (i.e., repackaging). We take  pains to broadcast current data by IPT, and even RDF, and are happy to work with efforts to creatively combine Arctos’s working data in novel applications. Outdated, incomplete, or unattributed copies of data derived from Arctos may not be posted or circulated by any third party.
  • In addition to having permission, users wishing to include Arctos records or media in publications, reports, websites, or other means of dissemination must acknowledge the provenance of the original data, cite the institutional catalog number(s), and indicate the date that information was accessed. In internet applications, specimen records should be individually hyperlinked.
  • Arctos data are secondarily derived from specimen labels, fieldnotes and other sources; their accuracy is not guaranteed.  Citation of Arctos is no substitute for examination of specimens.
  • Arctos’s data providers are not responsible for loss or damages resulting from use of these data.