Terms of Use

Thank you for your interest in contributing data and/or other content to the geo-database of LACO-Wiki, a web application. By using the LACO-Wiki app, you accept the following terms and conditions. Please read them carefully before using the app.

1. General information

    a) This Agreement is made between you (“the user”) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Schlossplatz 1, 2361 Laxenburg, Austria (“IIASA”), the developer of the LACO-Wiki software.
    b) LACO-Wiki is a project founded in 2014 and now operated by project partners IIASA and GeoVille GmbH (“the LACO-Wiki team”). The project was initially funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the Austrian Space Applications Programme (ASAP).
    c) LACO-Wiki is based on the LACOVAL tool, which was available as an alpha prototype in 2013 and was funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).
    d) Via the LACO-Wiki software application (“the app”), users can upload land cover data sets (“land cover”), create a sample, validate the sample (online or using a mobile app), add land cover observations opportunistically with geo-tagged photographs (using only the mobile app), download the sample (“contributions”) and generate an accuracy assessment report (“accuracy report”).

2. Legal age

    There is no age restriction for the use of the app (or the download of the mobile app).

3. Data manipulation

    Any form of, or attempt at, data manipulation is strictly prohibited and will result in a permanent ban from the app.

4. Rights of third parties

    Your data contribution must not infringe on any third-party rights. By submitting contributions, the users indicate that they have the right to authorize IIASA to use, process and make available any contributed material under these terms and conditions

5. Rights and obligations

    a) All the rights relating to this app, including its copyrights, trademarks or database rights belong to IIASA. Users are not allowed to copy, modify or otherwise exploit any part of the app, make derivative versions or to extract the app’s source code except for these two cases:
      a. You may print or download to a local hard drive extracts for your personal and non-commercial use only.
      b. You may copy the content to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge the website as the source of the material.
    This does not apply to the mobile app source code, which is open source and available on the github repository
    b) You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.
    c) The information contained in the app is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by the LACO-Wiki team and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
    d) The app requires an active internet connection. IIASA is not responsible for any charges related to the cost of internet usage.
    e) IIASA gives no warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or the completeness of the information and materials contained in the app.
    f) Under no circumstances will IIASA be held responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever resulting or arising directly or indirectly from the user’s use of or inability to use the app or the user’s reliance on the information and material in the app.
    g) Through this website users can link to other websites that are not under the control of the LACO-Wiki team. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of these sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
    h) Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, the LACO-Wiki team takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

6. Assignment of rights

    a) The user grants IIASA a perpetual, worldwide, unlimited in scope, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive license to use, in particular without being limited to, copy, adapt, rent, lend, show, communicate and make available to the public (including without limitation via the internet), distribute and broadcast, in each case in an original or modified form, in any currently known or future way of exploitation, the submitted contributions in whole or in part (including its photographs), with the right to transfer these rights or to grant sublicenses to third parties. The user waives his right to be named as an author of the contribution, including any photographs. The land cover data sets and the reports remain the property of the user. However, if the users choose to share either of these to ‘everyone’ in the LACO-Wiki app, then the same conditions apply as they do to the contributions.
    b) The user assures that he is legally entitled to grant the above license. If any third party holds any rights on the contribution (including the photographs), the user assures that he has received permission to grant the above license on behalf of that third party, or that the third party has waived such rights in regard to the contributions, especially the photographs.

7. Miscellaneous

    a) This contract and all rights and obligations resulting from it is subject to Austrian substantive law to the exclusion of the rules on conflicts of law and CISG.
    b) All disputes between the contracting parties in relation to this contract are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent court for the City of Vienna (Innere Stadt Wien).
    c) Any amendments to this contract shall only be valid if done in writing.
    d) If any provision in these conditions is found to be illegal or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction or an arbitrator, that clause shall be deemed removed and the remainder shall be unaffected. The parties shall endeavor to agree on an alternative clause having like effect, as a substitute for the provision that has been removed.
    e) Our Privacy Policy is an integral part of these terms and conditions.
    f) IIASA reserves the right, to modify or replace these terms and conditions at any time. Should a modification be adopted, an adequate notice will be given to the users. By continuing to access or use the app after this notice, users agree to be bound by the revised terms and conditions. If users do not agree to the new terms and conditions, they must refrain from accessing or using the app without delay.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our Terms of Use, do not hesitate to contact us at info@laco-wiki.net.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Schlossplatz 1
A-2361 Laxenburg
Tel: + 43 2236 807 0
Last updated: 15 July 2019