Data Use Policy

Introduction:

Welcome to the STRI Insect Collection web site and databases. Our intentions are to make our data as freely available as possible (See Data Availability). Our data sets consist of the collections data from STRI’s insect collections. We encourage the use of our data sets, but as a professional courtesy we ask that data users read and agree to the terms of our Data Use Agreement.
It is considered a matter of professional ethics to acknowledge the work of other scientists that results in data used in subsequent research. Therefore, STRI requests appropriate citation and acknowledgement for subsequent distribution or publication of any work derived from these data sets. Data users are strongly encouraged to consider consultation, collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.

Data Use Agreement

Any data set and accompanying metadata available on these web pages can be downloaded for academic, research, recreational, and other professional purposes. Permission to download data sets is granted to the Data User without a fee subject to the following terms:
Data User will:

S.T.R.I.
Attn: Steven Paton
Unit 0948
APO AA 34002-0948

By using or copying these data and documentation, the Data User agrees to abide by the terms of this agreement. STRI shall have the right to terminate this agreement immediately by written notice upon the Data User's breach of, or non-compliance with, any of its terms. The Data User may be held responsible for any misuse that is caused or encouraged by the Data User's failure to abide by the terms of this agreement.

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope your collaboration with our site is a productive one!

Disclaimer:

While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". STRI shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of data sets.

Citations

For proper citation information please contact the collection manager:
Dr. Annette Aiello
eMail: aielloa@si.edu
Phone: (507) 212-8257

Data Availability:

We wish to make our data as available as soon as possible. The digitization of the collection is an on-going project expected to be completed in early 2009. We will update the database monthly as the data are captured.