Computer Program Services
Rules for requesters - Restrictions on the use of programs
Authors and their establishments must be consulted if an organisation
receiving programs and data intends to use them to provide commercial
service to outside users.
Programs and data are provided on the understanding that the agreement
of the originating establishment shall be obtained before a service is
offered involving sale or use on a fee-paying basis of any program or
data set distributed by the NEA Data Bank. This restriction applies
also to modified versions derived from program copies obtained from the
NEA Data Bank.
Transfer of a program or data to a user in a given establishment
confers only the right to use the program within that organisation: in
particular, copies of programs and data should not be distributed to
persons outside their own establishment; users in other centres should
contact the NEA Data Bank directly in order to obtain program copies.
Computer programs and data are provided on the understanding that
whenever the use of programs obtained through the NEA Data Bank, or
locally modified versions of them, results in a publication (a journal,
conference proceedings, laboratory report, book etc.), the program and
its author or laboratory of origin shall be acknowledged in the
To be more specific as to how these
be interpreted the following should be noted:
the codes users receive from the Data
Bank cannot be further distributed, thereby prohibiting the sale of
if users modify codes, they must inform the authors.
Improved versions may not be sold without users coming to an agreement
with the principal authors,
users are not permitted to set up the code on a
shared computer which allows other users to access the code by paying a
royalty for its use,
however, there is no objection to expert users within
a contract or project with a third party, modelling a problem,
interpreting results and recovering the cost of their work and
expertise by using a code received from the Data Bank.
In order to hold training courses/classes and
workshops with hands-on use of computer codes distributed by the NEA
Data Bank, the Data Bank must be consulted and specific authorisation
must be obtained if the authors or managers of the code concerned are
not directly involved in the course/class/workshop.
Neither the Organisation for Economic
and Development or any of its Member countries, nor any person acting
on behalf of any of them or otherwise in furtherance of the activities
of the Nuclear Energy Agency assumes any liabilities with respect to
use of, or for damage resulting from the use of, any information,
or process disclosed in the distributed material. This applies
also to non-Member countries
that have contributed to the distributed information.
FEEDBACK ON COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND DATA
Recipients of computer programs are invited
back to the NEA Data Bank the following information concerning material
- errors or shortcomings detected;
- inconsistencies between the program or data and its
documentation (differences in the model description and its coding in
- limitations found in its applicability not reported in the
- improvements carried out (corrections of errors or removal
- generalisations of the program so that it can be applied to
a wider range of problems;
- auxiliary programs developed;
- information on validations carried out.
This information will be used to inform the
and users of the program as well as to update the program if
required. This activity aims at updating and
quality of the computer code collection.
Last reviewed: 27 May 2011