Terms of Use


These Terms of Use (or "Terms") govern your use of Yareta (hereinafter the "Portal" or “Yareta”), except in the case we would expressly state that separate terms (and not these) apply, and provide information about Yareta, outlined below. When you create a Yareta account or use Yareta, you agree to these Terms.  


Version: Yareta Terms of Use v.2.3 (2022.10.25) 



1. Data Protection Policy 

2. Scope of application, applicable law, acceptance of conditions and definitions 

  • 2.1. Scope of application 
  • 2.2. Applicable Law 
  • 2.3. Acceptance of Conditions 
  • 2.4. Definitions 

3. Roles, Responsibilities, Obligations and Oversight related to the use of the YARETA Portal 

  • 3.1. Depositor obligations 
  • 3.2. Responsibility for the content deposited on YARETA 
  • 3.3. Place of jurisdiction 


  1. Data Protection Policy 

As Yareta is a product of the University of Geneva (hereafter UNIGE), the Data Protection Policy of UNIGE is applicable to the YaretaPortal.  


In order to use the Yareta Portal, we require you to consent to the collection and processing of your personal data before you start using the services. If you do not agree with the terms of the Data Protection Policy, you may not create an account on the Yareta Portal.  


Access to content on the Yareta Portal is open to all. 


  1. Scope of application, applicable law, acceptance of conditions and definitions 

             2.1 Scope of application 

Yareta is a service, composed of a modular infrastructure and the necessary procedures for the operationalization of a solution for the management, preservation and publication of research data, adapted to both researchers and institutions, supporting most of the tools and formats used in all scientific disciplines and in complete security. 


              2.2 Applicable Law 

The services provided by Yareta comply with the Law on Public Information, Access to Documents, and Protection of Personal Data(LIPAD)and the Code of Obligations (CO).  Only Swiss law is applicable.


             2.3 Acceptance of Conditions 

UNIGE provides the Yareta Portal on the basis of these Terms.  

UNIGE reserves the right to change these Terms any time by publishing the updated version without prior notice. In this eventpartner institutions and users (hereinafter “depositors”) will be asked to accept the new Terms. Any substantial changes will be clearly indicated. 


The use of Yareta is subject to the acceptance of these Terms.  


Without express acceptance of the Terms, you will not be able to use Yareta. 


             2.4 Definitions 


  • Scope: All fields of research. All types of research artifactsContent must not violate privacy or copyright, or breach confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements for data collected from human subjects. 

  • Eligibility of research dataResearch data from any stage of the research data lifecycle is accepted. 

  • Eligible depositors: Anyone registered with SWITCHaai or SWITCH edu-ID account linked to Geneva higher education institution (including the Geneva University Hospitals, HUG) may create an organizational unit to deposit data. Registered users are allowed to deposit content for which they possess the appropriate rights. 

  • Ownership: By uploading content, no change of ownership is implied, and no property rights are transferred to Yareta. All uploaded content remains the property of the users prior to submission. 

  • Data file formats: All file formats are allowed  even those that are not suitable for preservation. A compliance system (in the form of stars) allows “unfriendly formats” to be distinguished from “golden formats”. 

  • Volume and size limitationsThere is no technical limit to the amount of data you may deposit. Any limit depends solely on the pricing. 

  • Metadata types and sources: All metadata are stored internally in XML-format. Metadata are exported according to the DataCite Metadata Schema. 

  • Language: For textual items, all languages are accepted. 

  • Licenses: Users must specify a license for all publicly available files. Licenses for closed access files may be specified in the Metadata form. 


Access and Reuse 

  • Access to data objects: Files may be deposited in closed, restricted, or openaccess (with the possibility of embargoes as explained further down). Files deposited under closed access are protected against unauthorized access at all levels. Access to metadata and data files is provided over standard protocols such as HTTPS and OAI-PMH. 

  • Use and re-use of data objects: Use and re-use are subject to the license chosen by the user under which the data objects were deposited. 

  • Embargo status: Users may deposit content under an embargo status and provide an end date for the embargo. The repository will restrict access to the data until the end of the embargo period; at which time, the content will automatically become publicly available. 

  • Restricted Access: Users may deposit restricted files with the ability to share access with others if certain requirements – chosen by user – are met. These files will not be made publicly available, and sharing will only be made possible by the original file approval depositor. 

  • Metadata access and reuse: Metadata are licensed under CC0. All metadata are exported via OAI-PMH and can be harvested. 



  • Withdrawal: If the uploaded research object must later be withdrawn, Yareta will indicate the reason for this withdrawal on a tombstone page, which will henceforth be served in its place. Withdrawal is considered an exceptional action, which normally should be requested and fully justified by the original depositor. In any other circumstance reasonable attempts will be made to contact the original depositor to obtain consent. The DOI and the URL of the original object are retained. 



  • VersionsMetadata are versioned but not Data files. The uploaded Data filesare archived as a Submission Information Package. Derivatives of Data files are generated, but original Data files are never modified. Archives can be retracted from public view; however, the data files and Metadata are preserved. 

  • Replicas: All data files are stored in the UNIGE data centers in Geneva, Switzerland. Datasets are kept in two replicas on redundant architectures. 

  • Retention period: Items will be retained for the lifetime indicated upon deposit. 

  • Functional preservation: UNIGE makes no promises of usability and understandability of deposited objects over time but recommends “golden formats” to increase functional preservation on the very long term. 

  • Fixity and authenticity: All Data files are stored along with a checksum (small-sized block of dataderived from the datasets for the purpose of detecting errors that may have been introduced during their transmission or storage); different checksum formats are used. File checksums are regularly checked to ensure that the corresponding datasetsremainintact. 


  1. Obligations, Responsibility and Jurisdiction 

             3.1 Depositor obligations  

Depositors are to ensure that research data management requirements from ethical, statutory, academic, funding and publishing bodies are observed, including appropriate handling of personal and confidential data, as stipulated by the LIPADthe Federal Act on Research involving Human Beings (HRA) or any of the laws applicable to their deposited Data files. 


             3.2 Responsibility for the content deposited on Yareta 

UNIGE declines all responsibility for the content posted on the Yareta platform by its depositorsIt is emphasized that depositors remain responsible for the content of the archives and collections they create on YaretaDepositors may be asked to make necessary changes and/or additions to their Data files and Metadata in order to comply with these Terms. In case of non-compliance, UNIGE may take certain measures and draw consequences at the discretion of the UNIGE Yareta team. 


UNIGE reserves the right to migrate, curate, move, etc., the deposited data in order to guarantee continued access to its archives in the event of cessation of operations. 


UNIGE is solely responsible for the services and obligations arising from the contractual relationship between UNIGE and depositors. 


             3.3 Place of jurisdiction 

By accepting the Terms, you expressly agree to the jurisdiction of the Geneva Courts and Swiss Federal Supreme Court.