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CAS Information Use Policies - Part 1


General Philosophy

CAS is committed to the global advancement of science through the dissemination of scientific information to promote research performed by individuals and teams of scientists. Daily, hundreds of CAS scientists read scientific journal and patent literature and thoroughly analyze and index the information so that it can be consistently and easily found in the CAS Databases, thereby enabling scientific research. CAS is aware of the changing needs of researchers who rely on scientific information to perform their daily tasks. With the advances in technology, the wealth of information available to scientists, and the race to new scientific breakthroughs, scientists must be able to find and use scientific information with more ease and flexibility. Relying on the CAS Information Use Policies, CAS provides this ease and flexibility. Customers will find that CAS permits the building of Project directories/files and the sharing of information among team members for the life of the Project. CAS permits the sharing (but not aggregating or searching) of information globally within an organization even with those who are not team members. To support data mining, CAS permits the extraction of Metadata for use within CAS or STN. provided tools without first displaying the data. The use of CAS data in third party data mining tools is permitted as long as CAS records are downloaded via STN AnaVist. All of these new "freedoms"are aimed at further enabling the dissemination of scientific information and the advancement of scientific research. CAS Information Use Policies are aimed at supporting scientific researchperformed by individuals and teams of scientists, while protecting the business structure CAS is built upon. These Policies are not aimed at providing a mechanism to aggregate CAS information and offer it globally within an organization for use by all. CAS does not permit the building of Databases that have wide and general availability and no longer fulfill the purpose of individual or team research that CAS permits but instead serve as a substitute for the use of CAS Databases.


CAS Information Use Policies

These Policies apply to all forms of CAS information unless the licenses for CAS products provide otherwise. These Policies are subject to change at the discretion of CAS. CAS information is copyrighted by the American Chemical Society (ACS). All rights reserved. CAS' mission is to be the world leader in disseminating chemical and related scientific information. These Policies define appropriate and inappropriate uses of information and apply to all forms of distribution (printed, electronic, CD, and other media). These Policies are meant to be read in their entirety, not taken individually out of the context of the other points. Search results delivered in computer-readable form remain the property of CAS. Recipient shall obtain CAS' specific written permission for any uses of computer-readable search results other than those listed under Authorized Use of CAS Information. These Policies apply to scientists, engineers, librarians, information professionals, and others working in their organization that either search and retrieve information or ultimately consume the information. They do not applyto vendors of CAS licensed databases, marketing agents, gatewayservice operators, web search operators, publishers, software developers, or other commercial redistributors of information, whose use of this information must be covered by information. In the event errors should appear, please report such to separate agreements.ACS does not make any warranties, express or implied, regarding CAS CAS Customer Service.



For the purposes of these Policies, the following terms will be used as defined below:

Backup: a duplicate of search results and/or other information which may be retained for a limited time as protection against loss in delivery, inadvertent deletion, etc.

CASRN or CAS Registry Number.: a unique numerical identifier created and assigned to a chemical substance by CAS.

Data Element: the basic unit of identifiable and definable information in a Database Record, such as the publication year, abstract, document type, controlled vocabulary indexing, or chemical structure.

Data Mining: A process using an automated approach to explore and bring to the surface complex relationships. Data mining tools employ algorithms that can look at numerous multidimensional data relationships concurrently and cluster, classify, or build new data associations.

Database: a collection of Records structured for search and retrieval with a computer system.

Downloading: the process of capturing information in computer-readable form from CAS Databases (whether from Databases made available by CAS directly or by a vendor under a CAS license) or created in computer-readable form from a corresponding printed form or microform by keying or other means.

Information Broker: an individual or business that provides searching and/or other data related services for external customers.

Information Professional: an individual who searches databases or performs other information operations (e.g., analyses) on behalf of the actual User of the information. An Information Professional who is a member of a research or other business team for a purpose other than these may also be a User.

Metadata: the individual Data Elements which describe an access point or component of a Database Record.

Organization: a company, corporation, firm, enterprise, individual government agency or institution (e.g. college or university) which has the right to enter into agreements for services. A corporate organization includes all its sites worldwide and all subsidiaries,joint ventures, divisions, and other units of which it owns greater than 50%.

Post Processing: the management or arrangement of records through one or more steps of collating, sorting, reorganizing, formatting, reformatting and editing the data and/or combining it with other elements of information to present different textual or statistical views. Data mining operations are not components of Post Processing.

Project: A research endeavor of defined scope, staffing, and limited duration.

Record: a CAS accession number with any or all of its associated CAS data (e.g., a CA abstract number with any or all of its
associated CAS data in bibliographic Databases or a CASRN with any or all of its associated CAS data in substance Databases).

User: the individual who is the actual consumer and licensee of the CAS information. This does not include an Information Professional who acts only as an intermediary in the process of retrieving and/or analyzing information for the User.