Pladias Database Management and Access Rules

Approved on 27 July 2016, updated on 14 April 2022

  1. Status and purpose of the Pladias Database

    The Pladias Database contains critically revised data on Czech flora and vegetation managed by the Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University (MUNI) and the Institute of Botany, The Czech Academy of Sciences (IBOT), including data files provided by other institutions or individuals (hereafter "providers"). Its aim is to promote the use of data on plant diversity of the Czech Republic for scientific research, education, nature conservation and environmental assessment. The decisions about the concept of the database, inclusion of specific data files and data provisions are made by the Management Board of the Pladias Database (hereafter "Governing Board", Appendix 1), which follows these Rules and respects the observance of the interests and rights of the individual providers.

  2. Storing data in the Pladias Database

    The decisions about the inclusion of particular data files into the database are taken by the Governing Board. The provider is responsible for obtaining permission to transmit data to the Pladias Database from any other parties that may have property or intellectual rights to these data or their subsets. Provider of each data set specifies to what extent and under what conditions the data may be used or provided to third parties. The Governing Board supports the largest possible public availability of data while respecting the rights of providers to restrict public access to their data and securing compliance with the conditions of use set by data providers.

  3. Providing data from the Pladias Database

    The Pladias Database contains

    1. public data freely available, which can be viewed or downloaded from the Pladias website without registration;
    2. public data available after registration, which can be viewed or downloaded from the internal part of the Pladias Database after registration and login;
    3. non-public data.

    Public data (both freely available and available after registration) can be used for basic and applied scientific research, teaching, nature conservation and environmental assessment. Their potential use for commercial purposes is subject to approval by the Governing Board or the provider of particular data subsets. The use of data for the purposes of funded projects or expert reports contracts by governmental, educational and research institutions and NGOs is not considered as commercial use.

    Non-public data can be provided upon request sent by e-mail to members of the Management Board (Appendix 1). The application must contain a delimitation of the extent of the required data, a description of the purpose of their use, and specification of the planned result (e.g. publication, research report or educational presentation). If the expected data use assumes the cooperation of several people, their nominal list is added to the application. The decision about the provision of species trait data and conditions of their use for the given purpose is made by their provider or, in the case of trait data owned by MUNI or IBOT, or species distribution data, by the Governing Board.

  4. Responsibilities of Pladias Database users

    When using any data from the Pladias Database (including distribution maps) in publications, research reports or teaching and public presentations, the user specifies the data source "Pladias Database of Czech Flora and Vegetation,", and, in the scientific literature, also cites the article Chytrý et al. (2021). When using species distribution data, the user also cites the article Wild et al. (2019). When using specific plant trait data or species lists, the user also cites the original sources referred to in the Pladias Database. When using texts or images that the Pladias Database has taken from published sources (especially Flora of the Czech Republic, Vegetation of the Czech Republic, Phytocartographic Syntheses of the Czech Republic and articles with species distribution maps published in the journal Preslia), the user cites only those published sources. When using images of plants or vegetation types from the Pladias Database website, the user quotes the author of the image and the source "".

    In the case of research studies that intend to use a large part of the Pladias database or data from the Pladias database will form a substantial part of data used in the study, the leader or coordinator of the study is obliged to contact the Governing Board of the Pladias Database to discuss possible cooperation between the authors or providers of these data, even if public data were used.

    Non-public data obtained from the Pladias Database must not be transferred to other institutions or persons or posted on the Internet. The exception is sharing them with colleagues working on a project that uses specific data, which can be done after prior approval by the provider or by the Governing Board.

    The user of data obtained from the Pladias Database helps to improve the quality of the database by reporting any detected errors in the data to the Governing Board or the provider of the particular data file.


Appendix 1 to the Pladias Database Management and Access Rules
The Governing Board of the Pladias Database established on 1 January 2016 has the following composition
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