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Data User Agreement


Welcome! If you are planning to download and reuse data published with Wittkuhn & Schuck, 2020, Nature Communications, we kindly ask you to accept the Data User Agreement below and enter some basic information about you.

If you have any questions, feel free to write to or

For further information on the Data User Agreement and data securtity and privacy regulations, please read the following sections.

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Further information about this Data User Agreement

The following text is copied from the original source of the Open Brain Consent, Version OBC-GDPR-DUA 1.0.0:

This template is based on the Donder’s Institute DUA Version RU-DI-HD-1.0.. Given that brain imaging data can be used to identify individuals, it is safe to consider them as ‘personal data’ under the GDPR, even after using a pseudo-anonymization procedure like defacing (see our information on (peudo)anonymization tools).

To allow sharing of such personal data, it is recommended to use a Data User Agreement (DUA) over a license. The term “license” is more general than DUA, but both are “contracts” between a licensor and licensee.

Not all licenses that are commonly used online (like GPL, MIT, CC-BY) are appropriate for data or for databases. A “data use agreement” is a specific form of license (or contract) that is designed for data and can take into account that besides the rights of the licensor (e.g. the researcher or the university) there may also be rights of the participants whose data is included, for example relating to re-identification. You could call an “agreement” or a “contract” between data provider and data downloader a “license”, but calling it a “data use agreement” makes it more explicit that it is not about the (re)use of a creative work (like written text or code by an author) but reuse of measured/observed data.

Data security and privacy regulations

The following text is copied from the original source of the data and privacy regulations of the GWDG:

The data transfer between GWDG's LimeSurvey server and the users' web clients (browsers) is encrypted. The access for survey administrators is password-protected. The password may not be given to third parties. Access to the database where the data is stored is limited to GWDG staff.

The responsibility for a survey lies with the survey administrator. The administrator is also responsible for compliance with data privacy laws and regulations for the processing of personal data.

For each survey, an imprint containing the name, address and e-mail address of the organizer is needed. For a survey within an enterprise or institution, a works council or personnel boards possible rights of participation have to be respected. The copyright has to be complied to when using textual, audio or visual materials.

The data collected in a survey must be deleted by the survey's administrator as soon as it is no longer needed. The GWDG will delete all surveys whose end date is older than 6 months. If you need the data for a longer period, you should export them before this. Data from surveys containing personal and/or sensitive information must be securely stored to protect them against illegitimate access. Please be aware that personal data, even those you exported from the GWDG LimeSurvey server, must be deleted as soon as they are not needed any more for evaluation.

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Data User Agreement (Version: OBC-GDPR-DUA 1.0.0)

I request access to the data collected in the digital repository of the Max Planck Research Group "Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Decision Making and Memory - NeuroCode", part of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, established at Berlin, Germany (hereinafter referred to as the MPIB).

By accepting this agreement, I become the data controller (as defined under the GDPR) of the data that I have access to, and am responsible that I access these data under the following terms:

  1. I will comply with all relevant rules and regulations imposed by my institution and my government. This agreement never has prevalence over existing general data protection regulations that are applicable in my country.
  2. I will not attempt to establish or retrieve the identity of the study participants. I will not link these data to any other database in a way that could provide identifying information. I shall not request the pseudonymisation key that would link these data to an individual’s personal information, nor will I accept any additional information about individual participants under this Data Use Agreement.
  3. I will not redistribute these data or share access to these data with others, unless they have independently applied and been granted access to these data, i.e., signed this Data Use Agreement. This includes individuals in my institution.
  4. When sharing secondary or derivative data (e.g. group statistical maps or templates), I will only do so if they are on a group level, and cannot be deduced information from individual participants.
  5. I will reference the specific source of the accessed data when publicly presenting any results or algorithms that benefited from their use: (a) Papers, book chapters, books, posters, oral presentations, and all other presentations of results derived from the data should acknowledge the origin of the data as follows: “Data were provided (in part) by Max Planck Research Group "Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Decision Making and Memory - NeuroCode", Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany”. (b) Authors of publications or presentations using the data should cite relevant publications describing the methods developed and used by the Max Planck Research Group "Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Decision Making and Memory - NeuroCode", Max Planck Institute for Human Development to acquire and process the data. The specific publications that are appropriate to cite in any given study will depend on what the data were used and for what purposes. When applicable, a list of publications will be included in the collection. (c) Neither the Max Planck Research Group "Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Decision Making and Memory - NeuroCode" or Max Planck Institute for Human Development, nor the researchers that provide this data will be liable for any results and/or derived data. They shall not be included as an author of publications or presentations without consent.
  6. Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in termination of my privileges to access and use these data.