Important information concerning SWISS-2DPAGE sdfa
SWISS-2DPAGE is an annotated two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
(2-D PAGE) and SDS-PAGE database established in 1993.
Until March 2011, SWISS-2DPAGE has been maintained, collaboratively, by the Biomedical Proteomics Reasearch Group (BPRG)
of the Geneva University and the Proteome Informatics Group of the
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB).
Since April 2011, SWISS-2DPAGE is being maintained by the Swiss-Prot and the Vital-IT of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.
Increased data flow and especially the automation of proteome analysis have created a requirement for resources, which cannot be addressed in full by public funding. In 1998, it has therefore been decided to ask non-academic users to financially contribute to the maintenance of the database. This will be achieved in the following manner:
- Commercial users will be asked to pay a yearly license fee.
- No license fee will be charged to academic users, nor will any restrictions be imposed on their non-commercial use or reuse of the data.
- The funds raised will be used to enhance SWISS-2DPAGE both in scope and quality.
- All releases of SWISS-2DPAGE (since release number 6.3) are copyright.
- Academic or commercial users can access SWISS-2DPAGE in the same way, but commercial users need their company to pay a license fee irrespective of the method by which they access the database.
- Use of SWISS-2DPAGE for educational and training purposes (where this is the sole reason for the use of the service) is not subject to any license agreement.
- Reference to or printing of the textual part of SWISS-2DPAGE entries (within reason) remains allowed in publications. Individual 2-D PAGE maps from SWISS-2DPAGE that show the spots corresponding to only one database entry at a time can also be included into printed material without prior authorization. However, images displaying information about more than one protein, such as the SWISS-2DPAGE maps in the ImageMaster / Melanie format cannot be used in publications without the explicit permission of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB).
Starting in September 1998, a system of an annual subscription fee for commercial use of the database has been implemented. SIB has mandated Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) to act as its representative for the purpose of concluding the necessary license agreements and levying the fees.
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