Data Usage Policy

As a public service, the sequence data from the 1001 Genomes project generated by the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (MPI) are being made available before scientific publication. These pre-publication data are preliminary and may contain errors. MPI provides these data in good faith, but makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which the data are used.

The goal of our policy is that early release should enable the progress of science. By accessing these data, you agree not to publish any articles containing analyses of genes or genomic data on a whole genome or chromosome scale prior to publication by MPI and its collaborators of comprehensive genome-wide analysis of the data. This includes analysis of specific gene families, or genomic features (e.g., transposable elements, cis- regulatory elements etc.).

During the pre-publication period, the data will be available for any kind of publication that does not compete directly with planned publications of the MPI and collaborators. Reserved analyses include the identification of complete (whole genome) sets of genomic features such as genes, gene families, regulatory elements, repeat structures, GC content, etc., and whole-genome comparisons of regions of evolutionary conservation or change. Parties interested in collaborating on genome-wide analyses are encouraged to contact the MPI to discuss such possibilities.

If any of these data are used for publication, the following acknowledgment should be included: "These sequence data were produced by the Weigel laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology." Once our own analysis of the data is published, we request that you cite our primary paper. Finally, we ask that you notify us immediately upon publication of your analyses.

The data may be freely downloaded and used by all who respect the restrictions in the previous paragraphs. While still in waiting period status, the data should not be redistributed or repackaged without permission from MPI.