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This code of conduct sets out the etiquette to be followed when using SPARK, and outlines responsibilities and good practice for Contributors and Members sharing content via SPARK.

It is not intended to supersede or summarise the Terms and Conditions and we do recommend that you refer to the latter document.

Dos

When searching SPARK:

  • Do inform us if you see any content that you believe should not be included in SPARK. This may include but is not limited to:
    • Any contribution in breach of copyright
    • Any contribution which you consider to be confidential
    • Any contribution which may be harmful
    • Any contribution which is libellous, defamatory, or offensive.
There is a 'Report to RSSB' button in each record page to allow you to do this easily.
  • Do suggest improvements to records, if you have more updated information or further details about a record, you can click on the 'Suggest a change' button and provide details of the change you are proposing.

When contributing to SPARK:

  • Do fill out your User Profile to let others know what your areas of expertise you have, and be realistic and honest about the claims you make.
  • Do add records to the library and contribute to discussions - share your knowledge with others. The more we share, the more we can achieve together as an industry, without duplicating each others' efforts.
  • Do provide accurate information and keep it updated as necessary.
  • Do use English for all contributions. However, you may add attachments to records in any language.
  • Do fill in as many fields as you are able to when adding a record - this will help all users to find the information relevant to them quickly. Note: only a few fields are mandatory, so if you only have limited information or time, you can still create a record.
  • When you share publications you have co-authored or signpost interesting material you came across, make sure that the source and all authors are properly credited. Similarly, when sharing collaborative research projects, make sure that all researchers and organisations working on them are properly credited.
  • Be realistic about the claims you make concerning your (or any) institution when entering it as a centre of expertise or a test facility.
  • Do be as open as you feel able when selecting access rights for your information - only restrict access if necessary.
  • Do be sure that you are permitted to share and publish your contributions. Please respect the intellectual property rights and confidentiality of the owner/publisher. Note: RSSB will not apply any prior control over the contributions. This is your responsibility and you will be liable for any infringements.

Don'ts

When searching SPARK:

  • Do not save and share content outside of SPARK. Content in SPARK can be refereed to and shared by providing the relevant SPARK URL.
  • Do not share your log in with other people even if they are already users - they may not be eligible to have access to the same areas of the site and it may breach the terms by which other users share confidential material on SPARK.
  • Don't commercialise the information found in SPARK. For example, you must not duplicate, license, sublicense, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, sell, rebrand, or otherwise transfer information found on SPARK, whether for a fee or not.
  • Don't harass other users, including sending unwelcomed communications. Whilst SPARK is intended to be a means to facilitate cooperation, and contact between users you must not use the personal data found in SPARK to send unsolicited or unauthorised advertising or promotional materials or create mailing lists or newsgroups without the express permission of the users.

When contributing to SPARK:

  • Do not engage in unprofessional behaviour by posting inappropriate, inaccurate or objectionable content or comments. Note: your name will be identifiable to all users next to your contributions and you are responsible for your contributions. RSSB will not moderate content unless we receive complaints.
  • Do not make available via SPARK any content that:
    • Includes information that you do not have the right to disclose or make available
    • Infringes upon patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights or other proprietary rights
This code of conduct was last updated on 03 January 2017