Software License & Social Contract

Software License
The Dataverse Network software is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this software except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at:
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

Social Contract
In return for the effort so many people put into the Dataverse Network Project, we appreciate if you would contribute back to this collective effort in one of these ways:

    • If you like the Dataverse Network, please use it by citing data in publications according to our citation standards; sharing your research data through the Dataverse Network; establishing a dataverse on your web page (or installing your own Dataverse Network and allowing other Dataverse Networks to harvest from your installation metadata, and, when feasible, data); or linking to our Project homepage. We also appreciate if you would cite the Dataverse Network Project and our publications in your reports and publications, and tell others about the Project. The more people involved in these ways, the more we all are able to improve the software for everyone.
    • If you think of a useful new feature that could improve the Dataverse Network, please suggest improvements (join our Dataverse Google Community), ask for help on our #dvn freenode channel, send us code to implement them, or sponsor the development of specific features with grants or gifts.
    • If you find a problem, please report the issue so that we can fix it (or even better, send us a patch).
    • Commerical profit-making ventures also are welcome to use Dataverse Network software in any way consistent with our licensing requirements. In addition, our Project team can help provide training and technical assistance in support of your commercial and development efforts, when feasible and when we judge that such help improves the general applicability of, or promotes, the overall Project. Support for the Project via grants of funds, coding assistance, or temporary personnel detailed to our team, make it easier for us to assist commercial and non-commercial efforts.