Global Norms

Dataverse Community Norms

CC0 Waiver for Datasets1

By default, all datasets added in DataRepositóriUM are granted the CC0 Public Domain Dedication. The Dataverse software uses the CC0 waiver by default for all datasets (4.0 and on) because of its name recognition in the scientific community, making it a familiar option for data (for which in general copyright does not apply), and is in use by repositories as well as scientific journals that require the deposit of open data.
For more information on the CC0 waiver, please visit the Creative Commons website ( Data depositors can opt-out of using the CC0 waiver for their datasets, if needed.

Crediting any research used with data citations

Any materials (books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports, and other such publications) created that employ, reference, or otherwise utilize the data (in whole or in part) gathered from deposited datasets should credit the source with the applicable data citation generated by the DataRepositóriUM (found on the dataset page).
These citations include the data authors, data identifier, and other information in accordance with the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles ( for all research data. To find out more, visit our Data Citation Best Practices guide (

Maintaining anonymity of human subjects

Users of the Service should not abuse the available data that relate to human subjects and use the materials to:

  • obtain information that could directly or indirectly identify any research subjects, or obtain information to attempt to directly or indirectly identify any research subjects;
  • produce and/or publish connections among datasets that could identify individuals or organizations; or
  • obtain (additional) information about or (additional) means of contact for already-identified subjects.

Third Party API Applications

If you are interested in building an API application designed (exclusively or not) to allow and provide access to the DataRepositóriUM and its materials and services, please keep in mind that such applications:

  • must ensure that all users of the application read and agree to the University of Minho DataRepositóriUM API Terms of Use (to be made available soon) and the University of Minho DataRepositóriUM General Terms of Use;
  • must post both the DataRepositóriUM API Terms of Use and the University of Minho DataRepositóriUM General Terms of Use in an adequately noticeable and conveniently-accessible location for all users of the application;
  • acknowledge and agree that the DataRepositóriUM is not otherwise affiliated with any third-party Dataverse Project API applications that provide access to the DataRepositóriUM, and therefore will not be held responsible or liable (in whole or in part) for any suits or damages incurred by the third-party Dataverse Project API application owners, administrators, and affiliates; and
  • must publish its non-affiliation status to third parties in relation to DataRepositóriUM in its application, declining any special relationship with it, outside of the obligations arising from the present Terms of Use and the contracts of the General Terms of Use of the University of Minho DataRepositóriUM (soon to be made available).

1 Disclaimer: these Community Norms do not replace the CC0 licenses or custom licenses applicable to each dataset. Please be advised that the Community Norms are not a binding contractual agreement and that downloading of datasets from DataRepositóriUM does not create a legal obligation to follow these policies.


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