Additional terms and conditions: Certain WAL users may, depending on their user profile and criteria for registration, be subject to additional terms and conditions and/or benefit from additional privileges as indicated in the Summary of WAL Users & Functions (Annex 2).
WAL content: WAL is managed by UNESCO and maintained by a community of registered Focal Points. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, UNESCO makes no guarantees of any kind concerning the content available through the Website or comprising the Services, whether developed or contributed by or on behalf of UNESCO or by WAL users, including without limitation data files, text, computer software, code, music, photographs, videos, images or audio files which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the Services. UNESCO does not warrant that WAL content is complete, accurate or unencumbered by undisclosed third-party intellectual property rights and it shall not be liable whatsoever for any damages incurred as a result of its use. Information in WAL is subject to change at UNESCO’s sole discretion and without prior notice.
Links: Hyperlinks to external websites in WAL are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by UNESCO of any content or views accessible through the links.
No agency: Users of WAL shall not be considered in any respect as being agents of UNESCO or otherwise associated or affiliated with UNESCO, including any joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship as a result of your use of any of the Services.
3. WAL user profiles and functions
WAL users shall be designated one of following profiles and the functions, permissions and criteria associated with each profile shall be as indicated in the Annex 2 Summary of WAL Users and Functions.
- Administrator (registered Individual user)
- Focal Point Editor (registered institutional user)
- Members of the Ad Hoc International Scientific Committee (registered individual user)
- Secondary Focal points appointed by the Government (registered institutional user)
- Anonymous (unregistered user)]
Anonymous users. Any person may anonymously browse public content available through WAL. Additional functionality requires a user to register either in their individual capacity or on behalf of an institution.
Registered users: Any individual or institution invited by UNESCO to register as a WAL User. All user applications are determined by UNESCO at its sole discretion. It is important that users provide all the information required when completing the relevant application form.
4. Account authentication, integrity and community safety and standards
Account authentication: Anonymous users may browse public content available through WAL, however, additional functionality requires a user to register either in their individual capacity or on behalf of an institution. Registered users are authenticated as part of their application to register a WAL account. Each registered User’s name and institutional affiliation, if any, is visible, however, if UNESCO deems appropriate, for example due to a credible risk of harm, it may at its sole discretion withhold, obfuscate or otherwise modify a user’s name and/or institutional affiliation.
Community safety and standards: In order to maintain a safe environment and empower free expression, UNESCO removes accounts that it deems harmful to the WAL user community, including those that compromise the safety or security of other accounts and our Services. UNESCO values the safety of Users and retains the right at its absolute discretion to suspend or terminate, immediately or subject to prior warning, any user for any conduct it considers a violation of these Terms, including the following “Community and Safety Standards”:
- Indigenous peoples rights over heritage materials: We expect all WAL users to respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to determine access provisions for heritage materials which reflect their history, culture, language and perspectives.
- Fair and acceptable use of WAL: We expect WAL users to respect the intellectual property rights of UNESCO and of third parties and not to free-ride on the significant efforts and expense incurred by UNESCO in maintaining WAL. Unless agreed otherwise through a separate agreement with UNESCO, you may not use WAL in a manner that exceeds reasonable request volume, or attempts to substantially replicate the Website or Service, or charge for content accessed through WAL, or which otherwise undermines UNESCO’s ability to maintain WAL as a free and open platform.
- Handling of personal information: We expect WAL users to respect the privacy and image rights of individuals. Personal information provided by a WAL user, which is accessible to other users, will be handled by UNESCO subject to appropriate data protection measures, such as encryption, pseudonymization, minimization of data collection and data loss prevention, as required to protect the privacy of the user.
- Bullying, harassment and insensitive behavior: We expect WAL users to respect the dignity of others and not harass or degrade others. Expression that threatens or that has the potential to intimidate, exclude or silence others is not permitted.
- Spam and misleading information: We expect WAL users not to use WAL for the transmission of advertising or promotional materials except as may permitted for promoting certain content and materials as indicated in the WAL User Guide. This includes junk mail, spam, chain letters, or any other form of unsolicited or unwelcome solicitation.
- Violation of laws and rights: You may not use the Service for any illegal purpose or in violation of any local, state, national, or international laws, or violate or encourage others to violate any right of or obligation to a third party, including by infringing, misappropriating, or violating intellectual property, confidentiality, or privacy rights.
5. WAL content
WAL content and user contributions. Registered Focal Points are permitted to contribute content and materials to WAL as indicated in the Summary of WAL Users and Functions (Annex 2). UNESCO owns all content in WAL excluding third party materials uploaded to WAL unless the materials have been commissioned by UNESCO.
Third party materials: When uploading materials to MEL, users are provided an option to select a Creative Commons license or public domain designation in order to provide legal certainty to WAL users regarding their access and use of the materials. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary rights to share materials on the basis selected. By uploading or linking to materials in WAL you warrant that you are the owner or authorized user of the materials, that the materials are free from encumbrances and that sharing the materials in WAL does not infringe the intellectual property rights or other rights of third parties. This includes, without limitation and whether registered or unregistered: copyright; patent rights; trademark rights; traditional knowledge; traditional cultural expression; sovereign rights associated with genetic resources or other intellectual property right. [Users uploading materials to WAL will be required to address infringement and related issues in the declaration annexed hereto (Annex 3).]
UNESCO’s right of reproduction and distribution: Except to the extent inconsistent with any license granted in respect of third party materials uploaded to WAL, UNESCO retains the right to reproduce, adapt and distribute all WAL content including without limitation, user contributions to Language Profiles, Stories, Events, Educational Tools at its discretion for any purpose. This includes for any educational or commercial purpose, derivative or translation, and whether for use by WAL users or across UNESCO’s distribution channels or those of its publishing partners.
6. License to WAL users to use WAL content
All material in WAL is presumed to be subject to appropriate copyright and licensing arrangements. WAL content shall be consistent with UNESCO’s Open Access Policy concerning UNESCO Publications, effective since July 2013. Unless explicitly indicated otherwise in WAL (for example concerning third party materials) or agreed otherwise by UNESCO, WAL content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives IGO license version 3.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO). This is subject to:
- the fair and acceptable use provisions under the WAL Community and Safety Standards (Article 4); and
- UNESCO’s right of reproduction and distribution (Article 5).
[Derivatives and/or commercial use. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in using WAL materials for any other purpose, including:
- to create and distribute derivatives including translations of WAL materials;
- for commercial use of WAL materials or derivatives of WAL materials, including in connection with a for-profit education purposes]
[Open Educational Resource: Users that commit to the following will be approved for derivatives and/or commercial use using a fast-track procedure]:
- to license any derivatives under a standard open license that is compatible with Open Educational Resource (e.g.: CC-BY, CC-BY-SA; CC-BY-NC; CC-BY-NC-SA); and
- to deposit/upload the derivatives in WAL.
7. Third-party materials and mitigating risk of harm
Third-party materials, privacy and risk of harm: By uploading or linking to materials in WAL you warrant that the materials do not create risk of individual or community harm, including violation of privacy. You also warrant that you have undertaken appropriate screening and if necessary implemented measures, to mitigate such risk. [Users uploading materials to WAL will be required to address privacy and risk of harm issues in the declaration annexed hereto (Annex 3).]
8. Takedown requests
- Your contact details (email and phone number)
- Description of the content or material
- The exact and full URL at which the material was found
- The reason for your request, including but not limited to copyright law, obscenity, defamation, Indigenous protocols
- If the request relates to copyright, proof that you are the rights holder or an authorised representative
9. Use of UNESCO name and logo
The use of the name and logo of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is subject to rules laid down by the governing bodies of the Organization as indicated on https://en.unesco.org/about-us/name_logo. WAL Users will use the name and logo of UNESCO strictly in accordance with UNESCO’s requirements.
Under no circumstances will UNESCO be liable in any way for your use of the Services accessed through the Website, including without limitation any infringing content, any errors or omissions, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted contributed, linked from, or otherwise accessible or made available through the Website. You agree that you are solely responsible for your use of any content or materials accessed through the Website or otherwise related to the Services. You are encouraged to contact the contributor of any third-party materials directly if you have any questions concerning your use of those materials.
UNESCO may modify, suspend, or terminate the operation of, or access to, all or any portion of the Services at any time for violation of these Terms, including the Community Standards. Additionally, your individual access to, and use of, the Services may be terminated by UNESCO at any time and for any reason. If you wish to terminate this agreement, you may immediately stop accessing or using the Services at any time. You may also request your account to be disactivated by submitting a request in WAL or contacting email@example.com.
The disclaimer of warranties, the limitation of liability, and the jurisdiction and applicable law provisions will survive any termination. The license grants applicable to content you have contributed or accessed are not impacted by the termination of the Terms and shall continue in effect subject to the terms of the applicable license.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold UNESCO harmless at your own expense from and against all claims, demands, and liability of any nature or kind, arising from or related to your use of the Website or Services in related to WAL. These obligations to indemnify UNESCO extend to its officials, agents and employees and do not lapse on the termination of your status as a registered user.
No waiver: Either party’s failure to insist on or enforce strict performance of any of the Terms will not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.
Dispute resolution through arbitration: If a dispute is incapable of amicable settlement within 60 days of the receipt by one party of the other parties request for amicable settlement, such dispute may be referred by a party to arbitration in accordance with the UNICITRAL Arbitration rules, including its provisions on applicable law. The parties shall be bound by any arbitration award resulting from such arbitration as the final adjudication of the dispute.
Severability: If any part of the Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by any law or regulation or final determination of a competent court or tribunal, that provision will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.
Annex 1 Glossary
Administrator: Registered users of WAL that are responsible for approving other Registered Users and supporting administrative workflows (data, users, profiles, roles, updates, etc). They are not primarily responsible for scientific workflows; however, they are able to operate in this role in place of an Editor in case of need. Their role is further described in the WAL User Guide and the Summary of WAL Users & Functions.
Anonymous Users: Users of WAL that are not registered or logged in and thus have no identity. Their role is further described in the WAL User Guide and the Summary of WAL Users & Functions.
Author(s): Registered users of WAL that can submit contributions to language profiles but cannot create or modify language profiles. Their role is further described in the WAL User Guide and the Summary of WAL Users & Functions.
Editor(s): Registered users of WAL that are responsible for scientific workflows, quality control and accepting or editing pending contributions. Their role is further described in the WAL User Guide and the Summary of WAL Users & Functions.
Educational Tools: Education resources uploaded by WAL users in connection with a Language Profile, as further detailed in the WAL user Guide.
Event(s): Events and programs associated with a Language Profile (e.g. scientific events; conferences; exhibitions, festivals; film festivals; book festivals… etc.) as further detailed in the WAL User Guide.
Language Profiles: One of the approximately 8.000 languages profiled in WAL containing basic facts concerning a language (e.g. total speakers, structure, affiliation, state) as further detailed in the WAL.
Registered Users: Registered users of WAL comprising subscribers, authors, editors and administrators.
Stories: Editorial content in WAL designed to engage users with stories related to linguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural themes (as further detailed in the WAL User Guide).
Subscribers: Registered users of WAL that operate as language community members, actively involved in language profile data enrichment and maintenance. Their role is further described in the WAL User Guide and the Summary of WAL Users & Functions.
UNESCO: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Visitors: Unregistered and anonymous users of WAL.
WAL: The World Atlas of Languages maintained by UNESCO
WAL User Guide: Technical guide explaining the features of WAL.
WAL User(s): Registered and unregistered users of WAL as per the user categories and roles described in the WAL User Guide and the Summary of WAL Users & Functions.
Website: The website through which the World Atlas of Languages, accessible at https://en.wal.unesco.org
Annex 2. Summary of WAL users & functions
Annex 3. Declaration for uploading materials
When uploading materials to WAL users will be required to complete the following declaration on a click-through basis:
- I am the owner or authorized user of the materials, the materials are free from encumbrances and uploading the materials in WAL does not infringe the intellectual property rights or other rights of third parties.
- I have disclosed the existence of any of the following rights, whether registered or unregistered, in connection with the materials: copyright; patent rights; trademark rights; traditional knowledge; traditional cultural expression; sovereign rights associated with genetic resources or other intellectual property right.
- The materials do not create risk of individual or community harm, including violation of privacy, and I have undertaken appropriate assessment and, if necessary, implemented measures to mitigate such risk.
- The materials are consistent with the WAL Community and Safety Standards and my sharing of the materials is also consistent with these standards.