Please read the following, fill out the information at the end, and copy and paste below
the line into an email to Dr. Vary.
Note to Ph.D, and other students from Patricia Vary, Northern Illinois University (NIU) and
Jacques Ravel, Institute for Genomic Science (IGS): This agreement must be completed by
someone authorized to sign for your institution, such as an advisor or a professor.
The release of the draft genome sequence of Bacillus megaterium QM B1551 does not
constitute scientific publication, but rather provide investigators with information that may jump-
start biological experimentation.
B. megaterium draft genomes is available on a nonexclusive, nontransferable, royalty-free basis
to the academic and not-for-profit research community in advance of publication. The format of
this file is a large multi-FASTA file containing all sequences grouped into contigs generated by
the assembler. Upon completing this license agreement, NIU or IGS will send you instructions
on how to transfer the file or files requested.
Note that this data may contain errors or be incomplete and should be regarded as preliminary.
THE DATA IS PROVIDED "AS IS," WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. Northern Illinois
University and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) make no representation or warranty,
express or implied, including without limitation any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose or warranties as to the identity, ownership, quality, accuracy or completeness
of Data. IN NO EVENT SHALL NIU or IGS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL,
EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RELATING TO THIS
LICENSE OR DATA PROVIDED HEREUNDER.
The purpose of this agreement is to protect the interests of NIU and IGS and its scientists who
are sequencing and annotating these unfinished genomes as part of our research program. NIU
and IGS's goal is to finish and publish genomes as rapidly as possible. NIU and IGS intend to
publish for this genome a complete analysis. Our policy is that early release should aid the
progress of science, but it is not intended to allow others to preempt NIU or IGS's scientific work
by rushing to publication in advance of our own efforts.
As a condition of access to this data, the Investigator named below agrees to the following
terms and conditions:
1. Who may obtain access: By sending in this agreement, you certify that you are an
employee of the Institution identified below; that the Institution is a recognized government
agency or a non-profit organization primarily engaged in research and/or teaching; and that the
institution does not engage in genomic research for the purpose of commercial gain.
2. Use of data: You agree not to re-publish the data in any form, including displaying it on the
Web or other electronic forums. You agree not to redistribute the data, except to close
collaborators working under your supervision (for example, students or postdoctoral fellows).
Other researchers at your institution are not covered by this agreement and must sign it
individually in order to use this data. NIU and IGS will remain the sole source of this data until
publication, at which time NIU and IGS will make the finished data available from its own Web
site and from other public electronic sources (consistent with our past practices). You agree not
to publish any articles containing analyses of genes or genomic data on a whole genome or
chromosome scale prior to NIU or IGS's publication of its comprehensive genome analysis.
Exceptions are possible with the prior written permission of an authorized official of NIU or IGS
(Patricia Vary and Jacques Ravel).
3. Acknowledgement: The contributions of those who have made this data available or of
collaborators, if any, from NIU and IGS will be reflected expressly in all written or oral public
disclosures concerning research using the data, by acknowledgement or co-authorship, as
deemed appropriate in accordance with scientific custom. If you submit an article for publication
that uses any part of this genomic sequence data, you agree to cite NIU and IGS in both the
Materials and Methods and Acknowledgement sections as follows: "Preliminary sequence data
was obtained from Northern Illinois University and the Institute for Genome Sciences at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine through the website at
“http://www.bios.niu.edu/b_megaterium/index.html" In addition, the Acknowledgements should
contain the following text: "Sequencing of Bacillus megaterium QM B151 was accomplished with
support from The National Science Foundation.". If your submission is accepted, you also
agree to notify us by email at the time of acceptance, and to send us a pre-print of the article
prior to publication.
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Access information will be sent to you using the institutional email address you provide below.
I agree to the terms of the licensing agreement for use of the draft sequence of B. megaterium
Please send the ID and Password necessary to access the draft sequences available through
your website. I agree not to share the ID or Password with anyone outside my laboratory.