HBP Collaboratory Platform
Terms and Conditions for Service

Access to this HBP Collaboratory Platform ("Platform") is provided to you under these terms and conditions for service and any amendments or supplements to them (collectively referred to as the "Terms & Conditions") that may be posted on the Platform from time to time. Your use of the Platform, or any other services or content provided through the Platform, shall be deemed to constitute your consent to be legally bound by the Terms & Conditions, which shall be enforceable in the same way as if you had signed the Terms & Conditions.

If you do not accept the Terms & Conditions when applying for registration or thereafter, when using the Platform, you are not permitted to access or use the Platform or to submit or post, or download any materials on it.

Besides the law applicable to these Terms & Conditions, this Platform and data available on this Platform are also subject to European legislations and regulations as well as to the ethical principles of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework programme for research and innovation (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/).

  1. Put at Disposal and Operation of Platform
  2. The Platform is put at disposal and operated by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne as the Coordinator of the HBP ("Coordinator").

  3. Scope of the Terms & Conditions
  4. These Terms & Conditions govern all use of the Platform and all content, services and products available at or through the Platform, provided by:

  5. Definition of Terms
  6. The following definitions include terms used in European legislations and regulations and introduce new ones, specific to this Platform.

  7. Access to Platform
  8. The Platform intends to provide functionality designed to enable and enhance collaboration and team science in the field of the HBP. All this research shall, as far as possible, be monitored to ensure the ethical use of data and responsible research and innovation with active roles for scientists, philosophers, ethicists, policy makers and members of society.

    Access to the Platform is reserved to Data Users for activities falling under the Approved Use only.

    Beneficiaries must also comply with the HBP Agreements in their use of the Platform.

  9. Contributor's Confirmations and Liabilities
  10. By submitting a Data Set for posting on the Platform (which includes posts on Collabs), Contributors confirm that they:

    The Coordinator may at its discretion review compliance of the Contributors with these confirmations and liabilities. Non-compliant Data Sets may be removed from the Platform.

  11. Terms on Use of Data Sets
  12. Personal Data Policy
  13. The following privacy rules apply to any form of processing (including but not limited to collection, use and disclosure) of Personal Data through the Platform.

    This Personal Data Policy applies exclusively to this Platform and hence not to any other website the Platform refers to.

  14. Copyright
  15. The content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the Platform are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary (including but not limited to intellectual property) rights.

    Subject to statutory allowances, extracts of material from the site may be accessed, downloaded and printed for your personal and non-commercial use within the Approved Use only.

  16. Confidentiality
  17. Only Data Sets uploaded into Private Collabs are considered to be confidential.

    Data Sets contained in Private Collabs are not to be shared with parties outside of the members of the Collab, unless written permission is granted by the Contributor for the respective Data Set. Any Data User and/or Contributor agrees to keep confidential any data, documents and/or other material, in any form including as well Data Sets, that is uploaded into Private Collabs for an unlimited period of time, unless otherwise specified or agreed.

    Data Sets uploaded to the Platform or to Public Collabs are considered non-confidential in all cases.

  18. Termination and Liability
  19. The Data Sets, and any part thereof, as well as the Platform are provided for the Approved Use only.

    The Platform and the Data Sets are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Please note that the Platform and the Data Sets may contain bugs, viruses, errors, problems or other limitations. To the extent permitted by law, the Coordinator and the Beneficiaries that participated in the specific action related to the Platform exclude any warranties (whether expressed or implied) for the Platform and the Data Sets. This includes, but is not limited to the disclaimer of any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose of the Platform or of any Data Set.

    Data Sets may contain advice, opinions, statements or other information by various authors or entities. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement or other information is at your own risk.

    The Coordinator and the Beneficiaries that participated in the specific action related to the Platform disclaims, to the extent permitted by law, all liability and responsibility arising from any use of the Platform or the Data Sets. In particular, but not as a limitation thereof, the Coordinator is and the Beneficiaries that participated in the specific action related to the Platform are not liable for any damages (including damages for loss of business, loss of profits, litigation, or the like), whether based on breach of contract, breach of warranty, tort (including negligence), product liability or otherwise, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. The acknowledgment of exclusion of liability is an essential condition for the Coordinator and the Beneficiaries that participated in the specific action related to the Platform granting access to the Platform and to the Data Sets. This Platform and its services and/or information are provided to Data Users with these limitations only.

    The Coordinator reserves the right to discontinue at any time, temporarily or permanently, your ability to access the Platform as well as to upload Data Sets and/or access them with or without notice, at its sole discretion and for any reason whatsoever.

  20. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction
  21. The substantive laws of Switzerland, excluding any conflict of law rules, shall apply to any dispute arising out of the access and use of the Platform and of the Data Sets pursuant to these Terms & Conditions. The ordinary courts of Lausanne, Switzerland, shall have exclusive jurisdiction, subject to appeal, if any.

    Law and jurisdiction applicable to the Contributors, the Data Users and the Beneficiaries pursuant to the HBP Agreements are expressly reserved.

  22. Contact Us
  23. In case you have any queries, comments or concerns about these Terms & Conditions, please contact:


  24. Imprint
  25. This Platform is put at disposal and operated by:

    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Coordinator of the Human Brain Project

    CH − 1015 Lausanne

Version 1, released on 30 March 2016