Data Use Policy

How is CyArk data made available to the public? What do you mean by open access?
Public Use
Professional Use
Research Use
Prohibited Uses

How is CyArk data made available to the public? What do you mean by open access?

When we digitally preserve a site, we typically get a license from the site owner/manager for non-commercial use of the data we collect. This means we can disseminate the information to the public for education purposes for no charge. This is what we mean by open access. Many site owners and managers require us to limit access to high resolution 3D data we or our partners collect. The security and safety considerations of site owners and managers are paramount and CyArk always respects the wishes asset owners and managers. We distinguish three use cases for the data available on archive.cyark.org.

Public Use

Public Use: Most materials including images, text and drawings on cyark.org are available to the public at no charge for non-commercial, educational use. These materials are protected by United States copyright law or in some cases under a Creative Commons 3.0 license. Point clouds are specifically excluded from Creative Commons 3.0 licensing.

Professional Use

Additional materials are available to users who register with cyArk.org and agree to the terms and conditions of the CyArk Data Use Agreement. Professional users may view low resolution point clouds using the CyArk viewer.

Research Use

Access to high resolution point cloud data, either in raw format or processed is strictly controlled. Not only are the ownership rights to point cloud data are ill defined in many legal systems but many of the site authorities with whom we work wish to control access to the data we collect and we respect these wishes. Often there are security considerations. For this reason, we do not make our 3D data available under a Creative Commons License or similar schema. However, should you have a non-commercial application for which you would like to use the data we have collected, please contact us directly and we will endeavor to help you.

Prohibited Uses

Users may not: (a) modify, obscure, or remove any copyright notice or other attribution included in the Content; (b) attempt to override, circumvent, or disable any encryption features or software protections employed in the cyark.org website. (c) incorporate Content into an unrestricted database or website. (d) systematically print out or download Content to stock or replace print holdings; (e) make any use, display, performance, reproduction, or distribution that exceeds or violates theTerms and Conditions of Service. (g) undertake coordinated or systematic activity between or among two or more individuals and/or entities that, in the aggregate, constitutes downloading and/or distributing a significant portion of the Content; or (h) reproduce or distribute Content in bulk, such as the inclusion of Content including portions of Content (e.g., individual articles and/or journal issues) or Content in course packs, electronic reserves, repositories, or organizational intranets