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User Categories

User categories

Access to data is a rather delicate problem. Two kinds of actors are involved in this process: the users and the data set owners.

On the one hand, the users want a free and unrestricted data access, to the maximum extent free of charge for all data sets.

On the other hand, the owners wish for the databases to be kept confident and distributed only based on a previous agreement; these actors are entitled to expect a certain type of reward for having agreed to the data dissemination.

Various types of rewards may be possible, ranging from expecting a certain written report (bibliographic citation etc.) to money rewards, the owners agreeing to the data dissemination against cost.

I. Academic users:

Such users will be able to freely refer to the data sets of access levels 0 and A; some data (access level B) can be accessed with no further costs only if the data onwer agrees to, and data from level C are available only against payment, being restricted by the confidentiality contracts signed between RODA and the data owners.
The datasets may be used for educational purposes, by presenting them in the syllabus; in this case, both professors and students will have to sign a teaching access form in order to use the data.

II. Government / non-profit users

These users will freely refer to the data in level 0 . The datasets in levels A and B will be considered as level B: access in granted only if the owners agree to. Aditionally, the datasets will only be used in non-comercial purposes; the research project will only refer to fundamental research or to improvement of the social system.
Access to data in level C will be granted only after the user has payed the amount specified by the data owner. Some data from levels A or B can be considered as level C if the owner requires to.

III. Individual users

Free access to datasets in level 0. All other datasets are considered in level B or C, depending on the owner's decision. Considering the low credibility of an individual, there are rather few chances to access the data freely. If the user is a widely recognized researcher but currently unaffiliated professionally, who wishes to use the data for fundamental research and the data owner agrees to, access could be granted with no further costs.

IV. Comercial

Free access to datasets in level 0. All other datasets are considered in level C, and can be accessed only after the user has payed the amount specified by the data owner.

The users who wish to access data in levels A and B will have to specify the project they are going to use the data for, the application field of the project as well as the funding percents from varioues funding sources. In order to do that, the users will have to register projects, or choose one from the list of already registered ones.
In order to discriminate between types of users, they will have to firstly register, and the archive's personnel will make sure of the validity of the registration data.

It is neccesary to mention that this classification is only RODA's proposal. The data owners are the ones who finally decide the destination of their data, what user categories have the right to use it and under what conditions. For example, if the owner decides to, some data may be set to level B for commercial users (so that they can use the date if the owner agrees to).

Each dataset in the RODA catalog will be presented with its actual access level, specified by the data owner.