Terms of Service

Last Updated 22.08.2016

Please read these Terms of Service carefully before using the http://www.mekhane.com website (the "Service") operated by the University of Umeå. Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with these terms. The Terms of Service apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service. By accessing or using the service you agree to be bound by these terms. If you disagree with any part of the terms then you may not access the service.

These terms apply to your use of the data and information systems associated with the Mekhane Project, your interaction with other users of these data and systems, and your contribution of content to those systems. These terms also set out the intellectual property rights you retain with respect to such contributions, and the license under which you make them. If your contributions are on behalf of a company or other corporate entity (to include academic and non-profit institutions, as well as informal research groups), the term 'you' will also mean corporate entity that employs or sponsors you or makes some other claim of rights with respect to your contribution.

Use of a Mekhane username and account constitutes your agreement to all terms outlined in this document. Read this agreement carefully before using your account.

  1. The term 'supporting websites ' indicates those institutions that presently, or in future, support and facilitate the activities of the Mekhane Community, to include: Pleiades, DARE.
  2. The term 'mekhane project system' means any information system operated by the Mekhane Project or its supporting institutions on behalf of the Mekhane Community.
  3. The term 'contribution' means any source code, specification, bug report, documentation, site description, coordinate, comment graphic or other information posted or submitted by you to a Mekhane project system.
  4. With respect to any worldwide copyrights, copyright applications and registrations, patents or patent applications that pertain or may in future pertain in your contribution, you make your contribution under the terms of a non-exclusive, non-revocable licensing agreement with the Mekhane Project, its supporting institutions and other users, as follows: For contributions of geographical, historical, analytical and other relevant content, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, version 3.0 U.S. (or later; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/) shall apply. For contributions of software code, object code, patches and other software-related aspects the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 3 (or later; http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lgpl.html) shall apply. Contribution of some code items may be arranged under terms of other open-source licenses as necessary to satisfy corporate interests. Such arrangements will be made in dialogue with the Mekhane Project Principal Investigator and Managing Editors, as appropriate.
  5. Except as set out above, you keep all right, title, and interest in your contribution. The rights that you grant to us under these terms are effective on the date you first logged into your Mekhane account.
  6. With respect to your contribution, you represent that: it does not to the best of your knowledge violate any third party's copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other intellectual property rights; and you are authorized to activate this contract on behalf of your company or institution if your company or institution claims ownership in any aspect of your contribution.
  7. The Mekhane research team is entitled the owership of the name and logo of the Mekhane website.


We may terminate or suspend access to Mekhane immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if you breach the Terms. All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

Links To Other Web Sites

Our Service may contain links to third­party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by Umeå University such as Pleiades. DARE and Google. Umeå University has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that Umeå University shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services. We strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third­party web sites or services that you visit.

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Sweden, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between us regarding Mekhane, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding our service


We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material we will try to provide at least 30 days notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion. By continuing to access or use our Service after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, please stop using the Service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us.