Terms of Use

HydroShare Terms of Use

Last modified January 24, 2016

Thank you for using the HydroShare hydrologic data sharing system hosted at hydroshare.org.  HydroShare services are provided by a team of researchers associated with the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) and funded by the National Science Foundation.  The services are hosted at participating institutions including the Renaissance Computing Institute at University of North Carolina, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Tufts, University of Virginia, University of Texas, Purdue and CUAHSI. Your access to hydroshare.org is subject to your agreement to these Terms of Use. By using our services at hydroshare.org, you are agreeing to these terms.  Please read them carefully.

Modification of the Agreement

We maintain the right to modify these Terms of Use and may do so by posting modifications on this page. Any modification is effective immediately upon posting the modification unless otherwise stated. Your continued use of hydroshare.org following the posting of any modification signifies your acceptance of that modification. You should regularly visit this page to review the current Terms of Use.

Conduct Using our Services

The hydroshare.org site is intended to support data and model sharing in hydrology.  This is broadly interpreted to include any discipline or endeavor that has something to do with water.  You are responsible at all times for using hydroshare.org in a manner that is legal, ethical, and not to the detriment of others and for purposes related to hydrology. You agree that you will not in your use of hydroshare.org:

  • Violate any applicable law, commit a criminal offense or perform actions that might encourage others to commit a criminal offense or give rise to a civil liability;
  • Post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, libelous, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, profane, or otherwise objectionable content;
  • Use hydroshare.org to impersonate other parties or entities;
  • Use hydroshare.org to upload any content that contains a software virus, "Trojan Horse" or any other computer code, files, or programs that may alter, damage, or interrupt the functionality of hydroshare.org or the hardware or software of any other person who accesses hydroshare.org;
  • Upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any materials that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under a contractual relationship;
  • Alter, damage, or delete any content posted on hydroshare.org, except where such alterations or deletions are consistent with the access control settings of that content in hydroshare.org;
  • Disrupt the normal flow of communication in any way;
  • Claim a relationship with or speak for any business, association, or other organization for which you are not authorized to claim such a relationship;
  • Post or transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or other forms of solicitation;
  • Post any material that infringes or violates the intellectual property rights of another.

Certain portions of hydroshare.org are limited to registered users and/or allow a user to participate in online services by entering personal information. You agree that any information provided to hydroshare.org in these areas will be complete and accurate, and that you will neither register under the name of nor attempt to enter hydroshare.org under the name of another person or entity.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user ID and password, if any, and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. Hydroshare.org does not authorize use of your User ID by third-parties.

We may, in our sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to and use of hydroshare.org without notice and for any reason, including for violation of these Terms of Use or for other conduct that we, in our sole discretion, believe to be unlawful or harmful to others. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access hydroshare.org.


HYDROSHARE AND ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ON IT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Hydroshare.org and its participating institutions do not warrant, and hereby disclaim any warranties, either express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any good, service, or information obtained from hydroshare.org. Hydroshare.org and its participating institutions do not warrant that Hydroshare.org will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that hydroshare.org is free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of hydroshare.org is at your own risk.

You agree that hydroshare.org and its participating institutions shall have no liability for any consequential, indirect, punitive, special or incidental damages, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, errors, loss of data, or interruption in availability of data), arising out of or relating to your use of water-hub.org or any resource that you access through hydroshare.org.

The hydroshare.org site hosts content from a number of authors. The statements and views of these authors are theirs alone, and do not reflect the stances or policies of the HydroShare research team or their sponsors, nor does their posting imply the endorsement of HydroShare or their sponsors.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection/Attorney Fees

You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to hydroshare.org, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, will be governed by federal law and by the laws of North Carolina, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving the United States of America, North Carolina as the exclusive legal forums for any such dispute.