Terms of use

EUROWILDCAT: CONCEPT AND TERMS OF USE

  1. EUROWILDCAT (EUROpean Wild cat Information System) is an open, collaborative project based on a spatial database that stores shared European wildcat data to investigate variation in behavioural ecology along environmental gradients or population responses to specific conditions, such as habitat changes, impact of human activities, prey densities, etc.
  2. The aim of EUROWILDCAT is to promote comparative theoretical and applied research into European wildcat behaviour and ecology at the European scale.
  3. EUROWILDCAT is open to all research groups (later on called “Partners”) who are interested in contributing, with their data and expertise, to integrated analyses on European wildcat behaviour and ecology.
  4. EUROWILDCAT is based on the already existing EURODEER platform (according to article 3 of the EURODEER terms of use), constructed to include data at the individual level (GPS and VHF locations, activity data, fate), population level (density, survival, mortality, reproduction, gentic sturcture …), the site level (prey density,…) and any other specific data Partners believe necessary to be included in the dataset (e.g. body mass, reproductive success, personality, etc.).
  5. EUROWILDCAT and EURODEER are distinct, autonomous, but coordinated and complementary initiatives. As such EUROWILDCAT and EURODEER can plan common scientific work, such as papers based on both datasets, organization of common meetings, writing of proposals for fund raising. EUROWILDCAT and EURODEER will not compete, but coordinate on scientific and management issues, including fund raising.
  6. The Partners maintain full property and control of their own dataset, and they can therefore decide to withhold their participation at any stage, but in respect of what is stated at point 7 below.
  7. Each Partner names reference person(s) who is (are) responsible for the use of data in theEUROWILDCAT context (see point 8), the quality control of the data provided to EUROWILDCAT, and act(s) as the contact person(s) for the dataset; the reference person(s)undersign(s) this agreement in two copies, one to be kept by him/herself and the other to besent to the EUROWILDCAT coordinator.
  8. All reference persons have access to the full EUROWILDCAT dataset, receiving apassword and having the database opened to their IP/IPs, and they are responsible for sharingthe access with other members of each Partner group.
  9. All Partners who request to be included into EUROWILDCAT project implicitly acceptand are obliged to respect the following rules for EUROWILDCAT dataset use andpublication process
    (3 phases):
    - the EUROWILDCAT dataset can be used, fully or in part, ONLY for analyses the partnersagreed upon;
    - all Partners or groups of Partners are invited to propose themes to be addressed with the EUROWILDCAT dataset and a related set of analyses; doing so, they will also promotediscussion and ask the other Partners for permission to use their dataset for studying theproposed theme; at this stage, the Partners agree freely to study that specific theme (phase 1);
    - all Partners who agreed upon the theme and therefore provided their own dataset orexpertise, will receive the first draft of results from analyses; at this stage, each Partner willdecide whether to continue to be involved in the publication process or withdraw their dataand participation (phase 2);
    - the final stage concerns the formalisation of the manuscript on the specific theme and itssubmission for publication (phase 3);
    - only Partners who agreed upon the specific theme and therefore provided their own datasetor expertise and/or actively participated in the publication process will be co-authors of thescientific publications derived from the related analyses;
    - Partners withdrawal of dataset for use in the publication process of the specific theme is notpermitted after phase 2, while the right to withdraw co-authorship stands;
    - in any case, Partners agree that any exceptions in terms of either database access and co-authorship can be discussed on a case by case basis among EUROWILDCAT Partners;
    - each Partner is responsible for the list of contributors from their research group to be included as co-authors on scientific publications;
    - the order of co-authors in scientific publications derived from the EUROWILDCAT dataset will be agreed upon by all participating Partners case by case.
  10. The EUROWILDCAT database is initially hosted on the server of Fondazione Edmund Mach – Centro Ricerca e Innovazione (FEM-CRI, San Michele all’Adige, Italy) where the EURODEER database is hosted. Therefore FEM-CRI is responsible for the initial hosting of the EUROWILDCAT database on its server.
  11. The Partners appoint by a common agreement the EUROWILDCAT coordinator which liaises with the EURODEER coordinator. Both coordinators have access to both databases. FEM-CRI will initially provide administrative support, based on article 3 and 9 of EURODEER terms of use. The EURODEER coordinator provides feedback on the income and expenditures related to EUROWILDCAT to the EUROWILDCAT coordinator. After a first period , in which the development and maintenance of EUROWILDCAT database has been supported by FEM-CRI, the maintenance and further developments of the database will be shared by all Partners, who will contribute freely, in terms of frequency and amount to the expenses. Priorities for maintenance and development on how to allocate funds will be agreed among the Partners. The EUROWILDCAT coordinator will report annually on the state of funds and upon requests from Partners.
    Active Partners agree that they will yearly discuss and approve a projection of Profits and Losses.
  12. Partners can access the database via a dedicated website for EUROWILDCAT.
  13. EUROWILDCAT Partners can provide sponsorships by third parties, that once approved by the EUROWILDCAT coordinator, will be regulated in initial phase by separate agreements between FEM-CRI and the sponsor and that shall refer to these terms of use. Funds provided by sponsorship will be collected and spent as dealt with at point 11.
  14. This document shall be signed by every party that wants to join the EUROWILDCAT project in order to become an active Partner.
  15. Every Partner, the EUROWILDCAT coordinator and the EURODEER coordinator shall sign this document and are bound to respect it, as foreseen by the rules of his or her own Institution.