We have anonymized the databases. You cannot attempt to reverse this by linking individual records with specific users. This also means that you should not link individual data with any other information about an individual that you may have. This implies that you cannot attempt to contact any individuals either.
We grant you a non-commercial license to use the data. You can only use it for academic research that does not earn revenue, and your research also cannot be in collaboration with any commercial entities.
Scope of Research
We try to avoid a situation where two researchers are doing the same analysis, so you must run your research topic by us before you download the data. If the scope of your research changes, you should contact us again so that we can agree to the change. If you stop researching using our data, you should make us aware of this fact.
Publication Collaboration and Authorship
There is an authorship section on the collaboration agreement that we require before giving access to the data. You should choose whether your research requires our help or whether you can conduct it without. For avoidance of doubt, in case you have not completed the authorship section on the collaboration agreement, by default we will assume that the members of our research group will be considered to be listed as minor co-authors on any publications that arise from the Exchange data (conditioned to our approval). Therefore it is your responsibility to make sure that we are aware of your intentions with regard to authorship before starting your research.
Our experiment requires that users read and agree to consent to participate in a study. Our research have been through Stanford’s internal review board process. However, even in cases where an experiment has been through an ethical review, you cannot assume that your specific use of the data meets the ethical norms. It is your responsibility to ascertain whether it is ethical to use the data that the Exchange project has collected for academic research.
Right to Publish
The Exchange project expects to see and give authorization for all research findings before they are sent for publication or any other method of dissemination. It is not expected that we will refuse permission to publish results, especially if you have agreed on the scope of your research with us in advance. By showing us your manuscript, we can also ensure that your description of our data collection process is accurate.
In addition, we encourage press releases and other dissemination of results into the general media, but the Exchange project expects to see and give authorization first.
Acknowledgement of the Exchange Project
All uses of the Exchange data, including but not limited to research papers, at conferences, on websites, and in press releases, should include prominent acknowledgement that the Exchange Project is the data source. However, it should not imply that the Exchange project endorses the research. It should be clear that the Exchange project is an external data supplier.
I also agree that the Exchange Project can include my name, my position, my institution, and the title of my research topic on its public website and other documents. If I cease work on the Exchange data, then this collaboration will be listed with an end date.
Access to Data
The Exchange cannot guarantee continued access to the data, nor that our service will not be interrupted from time to time. The license to use and store our data is recoverable, which means that the Exchange Project may ask you to cease use of it and to delete it from any storage you have at our sole discretion.
The Exchange Project disclaims any warranties, for example but not limited to: the data’s suitability for research or publication.