BMDC Data Policy

Version 3.0 - October 2014

"Free access" must be strictly understood within the context of our "Data Access Rules":

  • access to our data is granted to individuals; true information must be given when registering and a given username and password may not be used by anyone else than the registered person;
  • our data are covered by intellectual property rights;
  • data download is only permitted for personal use by granted users;
  • use of our data for scientific research is permitted, provided any publication making use of these data makes explicit reference to their Author and to the source;
  • no publication of our data in any electronic form is allowed without prior explicit agreement with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, represented by the Head of the BMDC, and with the Author of the data;
  • no direct or indirect commercial use of our data is allowed without prior explicit agreement with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, represented by the Head of the BMDC, and with the Author of the data;

It is the user's onus to obey these rules. The Belgian State, represented either by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences or by the Federal Science Policy, reserves the right to take any action, even in court, when there is evidence that these rules are infringed.

For more information, please consult our data policy or contact us.