DBK Guidelines

Usage Guidelines for GESIS DBK Metadata

These usage guidelines are based on goodwill, they are not a legal contract but GESIS requests that you follow these guidelines if you use metadata from GESIS DBK.

All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS.
Please note that this does not apply to data and documents that can be downloaded at GESIS DBK, but only to the metadata on study level that are offered through GESIS DBK.

Give credit where credit is due.

Give attribution to the data provider and all contributing data aggregators, including GESIS. Aggregators perform a crucial task in collecting, storing and harmonising data so that it is more widely accessible and interoperable.
Make sure that others are aware of the rights status of the GESIS metadata and are aware of these guidelines. One way you can do this is to keep links to the CC0 Public Domain Dedication intact.
If, for technical or other reasons, you cannot include all the appropriate source links and rights information alongside the metadata that you have used, you should consider including them separately, for example in a separate document that is distributed with the metadata or dataset.
If, for technical or other reasons, you cannot include all the appropriate source links and rights information alongside the metadata that you have used, you may consider linking only to the specific metadata source on GESIS DBK, where all available sources and rights information can be found, including machine-readable formats.

Metadata is dynamic; consider using the metadata via the GESIS DBK APIs or by linking.

When working with metadata obtained via GESIS DBK, please be aware that it is not static but subject to change. GESIS continuously updates its metadata to correct mistakes and include new and additional information. Therefore, the best way to use metadata published by GESIS DBK is via the GESIS DBK API or by linking to the specific data. If, for technical or other reasons, you cannot do this, then provide a link back to the source of the data on GESIS DBK or implement an update mechanism.
GESIS assigns DOI names to data sets. These DOI names point to the URL containing the metadata of the respective data sets and will be updated in case the URL is changing. Hence, the best way to link to the page containing the metadata is by using the DOI name. This DOI name is as well part of the recommended citation of the data set.

Mention your modifications of the metadata and make your modified metadata available under the same terms.

Please do not use the metadata in a way that suggests you have any official status or that the data provider, aggregator or GESIS endorses you or your use of the metadata, unless you have prior permission to do so.
Please do not mislead others or misrepresent the metadata or its sources.
Please make the metadata and any improvements thereto freely available under the same terms as GESIS, i.e., without claiming any legal right to, or imposing any legally binding conditions on access to the metadata or your improvements.

Please note that you use the metadata at your own risk.

GESIS offers the metadata as-is and makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning any metadata published by GESIS.
Any use of the metadata must conform to all applicable laws and other regulations in your jurisdiction, notably concerning (but not limited to) data protection, defamation or copyright.
Be aware of any additional applicable community norms of data providers and data aggregators.

Thank you for your cooperation

These guidelines have been built according to the Europeana model.