Terms of use of SMBVT


Information and data accessible through the SMBVT are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. The SMBVT management team makes every effort to ensure but does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information published through the tool. The SMBVT management team reserves the right to alter, limit or discontinue any part of this tool at its discretion. Under no circumstances shall the SMBVT management team be liable for any loss, damage, liability, or expense suffered that is claimed to result from the use of information posted through its tool, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay.

Hyperlinks to non-SMBVT websites do not imply any official endorsement of or responsibility on the part of the SMBVT management team for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented at these locations or guarantee the validity of the information provided. The sole purpose of links to non-SMBVT sites is to indicate further information available on related topics. The information is provided on the basis that users accessing the SMBVT assume responsibility for assessing its relevance, accuracy and suitability for applications.


The data and information made available through the SMBVT are available under terms described in the metadata accompanying each product (e.g. “license” or "constraints" field). Except where otherwise noted (i.e. in case of primary requirement to comply with the data provider’s policy), this is the Creative Commons License.
All derivative products produced and made publicly available through the SMBVT are licensed under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 4.0. By accessing the data made available by the SMBVT, users agree to the related Terms of Use.

Your Agreement to the Terms

By accessing or using the SMBVT you also declare that you have the legal authority to accept the Terms on behalf of yourself and any party you represent in connection with your use of the SMBVT. If you do not agree to the Terms, you are not authorized to use SMBVT.

Shared Data

Each shared or published set of data is associated with a copyright license. A CC BY-NC 4.0 license is proposed if the dataset is obtained with a mash-up process from different sources (a true derivative product) or any other license (not technically supported by SMBVT) in case of an unaltered product shared with other Users. In both cases, the metadata must be filled (if not automatically compiled), and a preferred citation must be indicated.

Any user accessing either shared or published data must behave according to the copyright license of the original data. However, the SMBVT does not control or audit access to and/or audit the use of shared data. It can, therefore, not impose a shared data policy but can encourage sharing according to best practices.

Public Data

The SMBVT authorized users can publish data and make it available to the public exposing it to general view with no restrictions except for a registration procedure. Each published set of data is associated with a copyright license.
Published data can be accessed by the general public through the SMBVT site and through dedicated web applications (e.g. web services).

Secondary Use

Data accessed through the SMBVT do not, and should not, include controls over its end use. However, as the data owner or authoritative source for the data, the submitting Organizations or Institutions must retain version control of the datasets accessed.

Once the data have been copied or downloaded from the SMBVT story maps, timelines and knowledge base, the SMBVT management team cannot vouch for their quality and timeliness. The SMBVT management team cannot vouch for any analyses conducted with data retrieved from the SMBVT story maps, timelines and knowledge base.

Derivative Work and Data Citation

Derivative work should only be produced by complying with the terms and conditions established in the license of the used dataset(s).
The derivative work is owned by the legitimate copyright holder identified among the contributors co-owning the new product and is the contact point for any use, re-use/re-distribute request.
Derivative work may contain data retrieved from the SMBVT story maps, timelines and knowledge base.

Every dataset should include in its metadata at least a preferred citation, a reference to the SMBVT source dataset and its generation date, and the date that data were accessed or retrieved from the SMBVT knowledge base. If the dataset was composed of multiple datasets with different citations, the dataset's owner should have added that to the relevant metadata.

You must clearly state that the “SMBVT management team cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from the SMBVT story maps, timelines and knowledge base”.