Data Usage Policy


          As a public service, the raw sequence data and preliminary analyses from the Brassica oleracea genome sequencing project are being made available before scientific publication. The goal of our policy is that early release should enable the progress of science. By accessing these data, you agree not to publish any articles containing analyses of genes or genomic data on a whole genome or chromosome scale prior to publication by the Brassica oleracea Genome Sequencing Comsortium (BoGSC) of its comprehensive genome analysis. These restrictions will be lifted on the publication of the whole genome description or the expiration of a 12-month period after public release of the first assembly and draft annotation, whichever comes first. During this waiting period, the data will be available for any kind of publication that does not compete directly with planned publications (e.g. reserved analyses) of BoGSC. A principal collaborator or "champion" listed in this Info page is the point of contact and arbiter regarding publication plans. Scientists are strongly encouraged to contact the principal collaborator and OCRI about their intentions and any potential collaboration.

          These pre-publication data are preliminary and may contain errors. Reserved analyses include the identification of complete (whole genome) sets of genomic features such as genes, gene families, regulatory elements, repeat structures, GC content, etc., and whole-genome comparisons of regions of evolutionary conservation or change. Studies of any type on the reserved data sets that are not in direct competition with those planned by BoGSC may also be undertaken following an agreement to that effect. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the principal collaborator to discuss such possibilities.

          If these data are used for publication, the following acknowledgment should be included: "These sequence data saved at as a database, Bolbase, were produced by BoGSC." We request that you notify us upon publication so that this information can be included in the final annotation. The data may be freely downloaded and used by all who respect the restrictions in the previous paragraphs. While still in waiting period status, the assembly and raw sequence reads should not be redistributed or repackaged without permission from BoGSC. Any redistribution of the data during this period should carry this notice: "The Bolbase provides these data in good faith, but makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which the data are used." Once moved to unreserved status, the data are freely available for any subsequent use.