TERMS AND CONDITIONS – eTick.ca and eTick mobile application

Username and Password
In order to submit a tick picture and associated data to eTick.ca and the eTick mobile application, you have the option to register as a user of the website and mobile application. As such, you will need to create a username and password. It is your responsibility to keep your username and password confidential as you will be responsible for all activities carried out on eTick.ca and the eTick mobile application under your username and password.

When making a submission to eTick, whether as a guest or registered user, you agree to receiving all communications from eTick relating to your submissions via email.

Code of Conduct
You are responsible for all information submitted to eTick.ca and the eTick mobile application, and you agree not to:

-Submit false tick records, including photographs and all associated data.

-Post, submit or upload any submissions that contain material for which copyrights have not been explicitly obtained and/or advertisement of any kind and/or transmit any software viruses or files designated to damage or corrupt data of good working order.

The eTick administrators reserve the right to cancel user account without notice if a submission has been found to be false or offensive.

You can review the most current version of the Terms and Conditions at any time on eTick.ca and the eTick mobile application. We reserve the right to update, change or replace any part of these Terms and Conditions by posting updates and/or changes to our website and mobile application. It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of, or access to, the website and mobile application following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance of those changes.

Copyrights and Consent
eTick and its partners retain the copyright on the eTick concept, products and logo, as well as on all data provided to researchers/authors/users, unless the copyright has been legally transferred to another party. All tick-related information submitted by users may be used for communication, research, and teaching purposes and may be used in publications. Photographs posted on eTick.ca and the eTick mobile application are part of the public domain and therefore no longer the publisher’s property and may be used by anyone with access to the website or mobile application. In submitting a photograph of a tick, the submitter agrees to the possibility of their photograph being seen and potentially redistributed without further permission from eTick and its partners.

Use and redistribution of eTick data
Permission must be obtained from eTick administrators before using eTick data. Unless otherwise arranged, any eTick data will be provided to researchers/authors/users with the clear understanding that it will be used specifically for the purposes identified in the request (e.g. proposed publication, graduate thesis). If the researchers/users wish to use the same data for a purpose different from that of the original request, the researchers/authors must re-apply for permission.

Without specific approval, no data provided by eTick can be distributed beyond the researchers/authors/users requesting the data. Raw data should not be made available for download through the Internet, but derived data (maps, tables) are usually acceptable. If you plan to present eTick data on the Internet, the nature of the visualization(s) must be specified in your data request.

Authorship and Acknowledgements
If a request for data includes proposed research with significant eTick staff contributions, then agreement on the role of involved staff, joint authorship, and order of authors on publications must be reached before the data are released.

The researchers/authors agree to acknowledge eTick (as well as the partners when applicable) in all relevant publications. eTick review of manuscripts (or parts thereof) before submission to journals is requested as a courtesy, especially in cases where eTick policy or operating practice is a subject of discussion or conclusions.

eTick data should be cited as follows:
eTick 2021. Public platform for image-based identification and population monitoring in Canada. Available from: http://www.eTick.ca

In addition, we require that the following statement be included in the acknowledgement section of any publication: We thank eTick for supplying data. We would also like to thank all of the volunteer participants who gathered data for the project.

If data retrieved from eTick are to be used for web-based products (maps, summaries, etc.), you must contact us for instructions on applicable contributor/partner logo(s) and website link(s).