Amborella trichopoda Data Usage Policy

As a public service, the raw sequence data from the Amborella Genome Sequencing Project are being made available before scientific publication. The purpose of this policy is to balance the imperative of the National Science Foundation and the Plant Genome Research Program that the data from its sequencing projects be made available to the scientific community as soon as possible with the reasonable expectation that the project participants and collaborators will publish their results without concerns about potential preemption by other groups that did not participate in the effort.

These pre-publication data are preliminary and may contain errors. 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 Amborella Genome Project and its collaborators of its comprehensive genome analysis. These restrictions apply to all three Amborella genomes (nuclear, mitochondrial, and plastid) and will be lifted on the publication of the whole genome description of the assembly and draft annotation.

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. Manually annotated genes within the Genome Portal are also reserved. The genome data may also not be used as a reference for transcriptomic analyses (RNA seq, bisulfite seq, chip seq or similar) until such time as the primary projects making use of this approach are published. Studies of any type on the reserved data sets that are not in direct competition with those planned by the Amborella Genome Project and its collaborators may also be undertaken following an agreement to that effect. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the the principal investigator (Claude dePamphilis) and project manager (Joshua Der) to discuss such possibilities.

If these data are used for publication, the following acknowledgment should be included: "These sequence data were produced by the Amborella Genome Project in collaboration with the user community." 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 the Amborella Genome Project. Any redistribution of the data during this period should carry this notice: "The Amborella Genome Project 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.