BiodiversityCatalogue Terms Of Use


  • The BiodiversityCatalogue: The website provided at (or "Site") and other supporting services provided by the BiodiversityCatalogue project.
  • The BiodiversityCatalogue Team (or "We"): The provider and management of The BiodiversityCatalogue.
  • User: Person, institution or program using The BiodiversityCatalogue.
  • Member: Person, institution or program who has an account on The BiodiversityCatalogue. Members are registered users who may contribute to the content of the Site by registering web services, adding descriptions/tags/etc, rating services, favouriting services and so on. All contributions by Members are identified, and credited, back to them through their BiodiversityCatalogue account.

Terms Of Use

Member Accounts

  1. Anyone may sign up for an account and become a Member of The BiodiversityCatalogue for free.
  2. All Member profiles are public and therefore can be viewed by anyone and be indexed by search engines such as Google. However, certain private account information like usernames, passwords and registered email addresses are never exposed publicly.
  3. Any personal information provided will be handle in accordance with the United Kingdom's Data Protection legislation. No personal data shall be made public without prior consent from the User.

Content and Services

  1. The BiodiversityCatalogue is available free of charge to be used by any individual and for any purpose except where specific restrictions are indicated.
  2. Users of The BiodiversityCatalogue agree not to attempt to use any part of The BiodiversityCatalogue apart from through the service interfaces provided.
  3. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any data or software and services for any purpose and accept no responsibility for consequences of their use.
  4. Members may submit web services and metadata to The BiodiversityCatalogue for free.
  5. Member-posted content, unless source quoted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain License
  6. The validity and authenticity of the content of any submissions is  the sole responsibility of the depositing Members.
  7. We do not guarantee copyrights, patent rights, brand rights, or any other rights belonging to third parties, towards the content appearing on The BiodiversityCatalogue.
  8. We decline any responsibility concerning the content and use of other websites and web services reached from The BiodiversityCatalogue.
  9. We regard the nature of the work carried out by any individual User as confidential, and shall make every reasonable attempt to prevent breaches of that confidentiality.
  10. We do not accept responsibility for the consequences of any breach of the confidentiality of The BiodiversityCatalogue by third parties who by any means gain illegitimate access to information from The BiodiversityCatalogue.
  11. We will make all reasonable effort to maintain continuity of The BiodiversityCatalogue and provide adequate warning of any changes or discontinuities. However, The BiodiversityCatalogue Team accepts no responsibility for the consequences of any temporary or permanent discontinuity to The BiodiversityCatalogue.
  12. We place no restrictions on the use or redistribution of the Member-generated content available via The BiodiversityCatalogue. However, some of the content may be subject to patent, copyright, or other intellectual property rights claimed by third parties. It is the responsibility of Users of The BiodiversityCatalogue to ensure that their exploitation of the data does not infringe the rights of such third parties.
  13. Anyone may use the source code of The BiodiversityCatalogue consistent with the BSD License (unless licensed otherwise, in which case the relevant license is applicable).
  14. We require attribution for the use of The BiodiversityCatalogue in any subsequent product or service.
  15. Relevant law governing these Terms of Use is UK law. The BiodiversityCatalogue is controlled and offered from its facilities in the United Kingdom. We make no representations that The BiodiversityCatalogue is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use The BiodiversityCatalogue from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.

Withdrawal / Take Down Policy

  1. If any User exploits The BiodiversityCatalogue to a level that prevents, or looks set to prevent, The BiodiversityCatalogue Team from providing its services to others, We may discontinue some or all services to that User.
  2. If content submitted to The BiodiversityCatalogue is deemed illicit, offensive or inappropriate, We reserve the right to immediately remove such content, and permanently withdraw the authorisation to access The BiodiversityCatalogue to the User(s) responsible.
  3. If We receive proof of copyright violation or plagiarism, the relevant content will be removed immediately.
  4. Content may be withdrawn from The BiodiversityCatalogue at the request of the provider / copyright holder.
  5. A notice of withdrawal will accompany any withdrawal of content by The BiodiversityCatalogue Team to the author of the content, together with the reason for such withdrawal.
  6. Where the reason for take down or withdrawal is found to be unsubstantiated the content may be re-exposed into The BiodiversityCatalogue, with any appropriate amendments to the content itself or access arrangements.


  1. For planning and scientific review purposes, We will keep records of usage and other metrics. We may use this information, together with information from the content of The BiodiversityCatalogue in presentations, reports and other project material, in the accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  2. We may make information about particular software or web services available to third parties who supply the services, in the accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  3. Logs of usage may also be maintained for the purposes of monitoring and improving The BiodiversityCatalogue, and measuring the impact a particular service has on our resources. These logs will be kept in confidence and not made available to third parties.
  4. Any feedback on The BiodiversityCatalogue will be treated as non-confidential unless the individual or organisation providing the feedback states otherwise.
  5. Withdrawn and deleted content are not removed permanently from The BiodiversityCatalogue, but are removed from public view and public consumption (including removed from the BiodiversityCatalogue search). However, they may still exist in backups and other operational data stores, and also exist in internet caches and search engines.

These Terms of Use reflect the enduring principles under which The BiodiversityCatalogue are offered. We will not, without good reason, alter them, and where alterations are inevitable, we will attempt to give reasonable notice of such alterations. However, we do reserve the right to alter these Terms of Use at any time in order to ensure their appropriateness to the BiodiversityCatalogue mission.

Any questions or comments concerning these Terms of Use can be addressed to the BiodiversityCatalogue Team.