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SISWEBS Privacy Policy

SISWEBS Terms of Use




Scientific Information Syndication WEBsiteS (SISWEBS)

SISWEBS is a family of collaborative websites, which provide scientists, researchers and professionals with free service to know what is new and popular on the web, and can be personalized for users within their area of expertise. SISWEBS combine social bookmarking and syndication with a form of non-hierarchical and democratic editorial control. SISWEBS offer powerful free tools and rich social platform for scientific and professional users, and in the process, turn entire scientific web into a writable, participatory and interactive media. Using SISWEBS is a way for Internet users to store, organize, share and search bookmarks of web pages. All the content of these websites are submitted and voted on by professional users.

Unlike many other social bookmaking websites, SISWEBS are aimed primarily at scientists, researchers, and professionals of different areas of science. Thus, each SISWEB is dedicated to one area of science (e.g. WaterSISWEB is a website of SISWEBS family, dedicated to the area of Water Resources).

On SISWEBS, users’ votes train a filter, and the users will begin to be recommended links filtered to their tastes. By creating free accounts, users post links to content on the web and then other users have the opportunity to vote for or against them to appear more or less prominently on SISWEBS. Through a user-based ranking system, users can promote the links to the front page of the SISWEBS.

Users can also customize their view through filtration. They can limit their view to a particular sub-area of interest in the area of the SISWEB. For instance a WaterSISWEB user who is merely interested in fluid mechanics links can avoid seeing groundwater contamination links by customizing his/her view. Users can customize the links’ types and geographical areas, as well.

While posting a link, users “tag” the posted link with keywords of their choice. These keywords will be helpful in finding a proper link trough searches with the search engine available in SISWEBS. By allowing free tagging, a folksonomy is gradually developed.

SISWEBs are not run by their owners and there are users who mostly manage the websites. Different tools and methods are also developed for finding, tracking and limiting the activities of those users who always vote against the comments or posted links of same users.

Our Team

SISWEBS is being managed by a hard working group of volunteers. SISWEBS is lead by Kaveh Madani and Kosha Mahmodieh. After seeing a simple weblog being used for sharing political news while living in Canada, Kaveh thought about establishing dedicated scientific bookmarking websites for professionals. After migration to the United States, he developed this idea after visiting some other social bookmarking websites used for different purposes. He started the SISWEBS project in late 2007 in collaboration with Kosha, after he told Kosha about his idea in a family party. Since then, other valuable people have joined the SISWEBS family and we are always looking for having more talented and hardworking people joining our team. If you want to serve your professional community, SISWEBS is a right place for you.

Matthew Bates
Dane Behrens
Michael Campana
Christina Connell
Todd Jarvis
Sina Khatami
Kaveh Madani
Kosha Mahmodieh
Josue Medellin
Ross Nia

SISWEBS Privacy Policy

This is the privacy policy of SISWEBS and covers how it treats the information that it collects when visitors and members use this website, its services (Namely GDSS), and its family websites (Namely WaterSISWEB) and their services.

We can be reached via e-mail at CONTACT@SISWEBS.ORG, or you can directly go to SISWEB's Contact Us and send us a message.

For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes no information regarding the domain or e-mail address. We collect and keep the email address and personal and domain information (if applicable) of those who join our website. The information we collect is and remains private. Regarding to GDSS, providing us with your email is not mandatory.

With respect to cookies: we use cookies to record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, record past activity at a site in order to provide better service when visitors return to our site. We do not collect the users' personal information through cookies.

With respect to Ad Servers: We do not partner with or have special relationships with any ad server companies.

We do not sell or rent your personal information to any person or organization. Members' profile information will be visible to all the users that visit their profile. Members can have this information corrected by making modifications in their profile page. Third parties can access all of WaterSISWEB data, which is publically available through this website. Any password information is going to be kept private. We allow the RSS syndication of all of our public content.

From time to time, we may use member information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web site periodically.

Upon request we provide site members with access to all information [including proprietary information] that we maintain about them.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact or us at CONTACT@SISWEBS.ORG.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of May 1, 2008.

SISWEBS Terms of Use

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1.1 Your access to and use of SISWEBS, its family websites (namely WaterSISWEB), and any Services referred to in Clause 2, is subject exclusively to these Terms and Conditions. You will not use the Website/Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms and Conditions. By using the Website/Services you are fully accepting the terms, conditions and disclaimers contained in this notice. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions you must immediately stop using the Website/Services.

1.2 We reserve the right to update or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time and your continued use of the Website/Services following any changes shall be deemed to be your acceptance of such change. It is therefore your responsibility to check the Terms and Conditions regularly for any changes.

This website provides services such as GDSS, and its family websites provide services such as link posting, voting, commenting, GDSS, Tag Cloud, and RSS designed to enable you to share your informaiton and communicate with others. Unless stated otherwise the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use only.

We are concerned about the safety and privacy of our users, particularly children. Parents who wish to allow their children access to and use of the Website and its Services should supervise such access and use. By allowing your child access to the Services you are allowing your child access to all of the Services. It is therefore your responsibility to determine which Services are appropriate for your child. Always use caution when revealing personally identifiable information about yourself or your children via any of the Services.

4.1 We are committed to maintaining the privacy of our users and maintaining the security of any personal information received from you. If you register for any of the Services you will be asked to provide basic personal information. The information provided by you is not available for sale or use by third parties. The information is used solely for notifying you of changes or updates to the Website and its Services.

4.2 We use a technology called "cookies" as part of our normal business procedure to track patterns of behaviour of visitors to the Website. A cookie is an element of data that the Website sends to your browser that is then stored on your system. You can set your browser to prevent this happening. Any information collected in this way can be used to identify you unless you change your browser settings.

If a particular service requires you to open an account you will be required to complete the registration process by providing certain information and registering a username and password for use with that service. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the username and password and also for all activities which take place under your account. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorised use of your password or account or any other breach of security. In no event will SISWEBS and its family of websites will be liable for any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever resulting from the disclosure of your username and/or password. You may not use another person's account at any time, without the express permission of the account holder.

6.1 You acknowledge that all information, text, graphics, logos, photographs, images, moving images, sound, illustrations and other materials , whether posted publicly or transmitted privately, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. We do not control or endorse the Content and cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content and you acknowledge that by using the Services you may be exposed to Content that is offensive and/or indecent. SISWEBS and its family of websites will not be liable in any way for any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind resulting from the use of any Content transmitted via the Services and you agree to bear all risks associated with the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy or completeness of such Content.

6.2 In using the Website/Services you agree not to:

-6.2.1 use the Services to send junk email, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or any other unsolicited messages, commercial or otherwise;

-6.2.2 post, publish, distribute or disseminate material or information that is defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, threatening, abusive, harassing or unlawful;

-6.2.3 post, publish, distribute or disseminate material or information that incites discrimination, hate or violence towards any person or group on account of their race, religion, disability, nationality or otherwise;

-6.2.4 threaten, abuse, disrupt, stalk or otherwise violate the legal rights (including rights of privacy and publicity) of others;

-6.2.5 use any information or material in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent or other proprietary right of any party;

-6.2.6 make available or upload files that contain a virus, worm, trojan or corrupt data that may damage the operation of the computer or property of another;

-6.2.7 collect or store personal information about others, including email addresses;

-6.2.8 advertise or offer to buy or sell goods or services for any commercial purpose, unless such communication facility specifically allows such messages;

-6.2.9 impersonate any person or entity for the purpose of misleading others;

-6.2.10 violate any applicable laws or regulations;

-6.2.11 use the Website/Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the website and its services or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the website and its services;

-6.2.12 post, publish, distribute or disseminate material or information that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information or confidential information disclosed in the course of employment or under a confidentiality agreement);

-6.2.13 attempt to gain unauthorised access to any of the Services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the website and its services through hacking, password mining or any other means.

6.3 We have no obligation to monitor the Services but shall be entitled to review materials posted to a communications facility and, at our sole discretion, to remove any material that breaches these Terms and Conditions or is otherwise objectionable.

SISWEBS and its family of websites respond promptly to any copyright complaints and other intellectual property infringement. We will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will act upon them under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). We may remove or disable access to any reference or link to material or activity that is claimed to be infringing as well as terminate access for our account holders who are repeat infringers.

We have the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Services at any time, without notice, for any reason, including without limitation, breach of these Terms and Conditions. We may also at any time, at our sole discretion, discontinue the Website/Services or any part thereof without prior notice and you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the website and its services.

The website, its services, its family of websites and their services may include links to third party websites that are controlled and maintained by others. Any link to other websites is not an endorsement of such websites and you acknowledge and agree that SISWEBS is not responsible for the content or availability of any such sites.

You agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United Kingdom or the country in which you reside (if different) and with all local laws and rules regarding acceptable use of and conduct on the Internet.

11.1 The Website, its family of websites, and its content (including without limitation the Website design, text, graphics and all software and source codes connected with the website and the services) are protected by copyright, trade marks, patents and other intellectual property rights and laws. In accessing the Website you agree that you will access the contents solely for your personal, non-commercial use. None of the content may be downloaded, copied, reproduced, transmitted, stored, sold or distributed without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. This excludes the downloading, copying and/or printing of pages of the Website for personal, non-commercial home use only.

11.2 SISWEBS and its family of websites do not claim ownership of any materials you post, upload or submit to any publicly accessible area of the Services. However, by doing so you are granting us a world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive licence to copy, distribute, transmit, reproduce, publicly display, edit, translate or publish such Content for as long as you elect to display such Content via the Services. The licence shall be terminated when such Content is deleted from the Services.

You agree to indemnify and hold SISWEBS and it family of websites harmless from and against any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions and any claim or demand brought against SISWEBS and its family of websites by any third party arising out of your use of the Services and/or any Content submitted, posted or transmitted through the Services, including without limitation, all claims, actions, proceedings, losses, liabilities, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal costs and expenses) howsoever suffered or incurred by SISWEBS and its family of websites in consequence of your breach of these Terms and Conditions.

13.1 Use of the Website, its services, its family of websites, and their services is at your own risk. They are provided on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

13.2 To the extent permitted by law, SISWEBS and its family of websites will not be liable for any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever (including without limitation loss of business, opportunity, data, profits) arising out of or in connection with the use of the Website/Services.

13.3 SISWEBS makes no warranty that the Website, its services, its family of websites, and their services will meet your requirements, that Content will be accurate or reliable, that the functionality of the Website, its services, its family of websites, and their services will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that the Website, its services, its family of websites, and their services or the server that makes them available are free of viruses or anything else which may be harmful or destructive.

13.4 Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall be construed so as to exclude or limit the liability of SISWEBS and its family of websites for death or personal injury as a result of the negligence of SISWEBS and its family of websites.

13.5 Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall affect your statutory rights as a consumer.

If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason by any court of competent jurisdiction then such Term or Condition shall be severed and the remaining Terms and Conditions shall survive and remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the U.S. and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. courts.