End of Project and Leaving the Foundry
See the User Guide for steps required at the end of your project.
Acknowledging the Foundry and Reporting Publications
You are required to acknowledge support from the Foundry in any publication or presentation resulting in part or in whole from your work at the Foundry. These acknowledgements are critically important to the Foundry’s ongoing success and funding.
You are also required to report any peer-reviewed publications resulting from your work at the Foundry, either directly to the User Office or using the online form.
The full database of peer-reviewed publications supported by the Foundry can be found here.
Intellectual Property Obligations
You are required to disclose to the Foundry and Berkeley Lab’s Intellectual Property Office ([email protected]) any inventions resulting in part or in whole from your work at the Foundry. Your inventions and any patent applications filed on them are also subject to overriding obligations to the US Government.
Please carefully review and comply with the Patent Rights article of your User Agreement to maximize the value of, and minimize the risk to, your intellectual property. The sample NPUA and PUA have a representative article (VIII. Patent Rights) for reference.
Contact Russell Carrington with questions.
All proposals submitted to the Molecular Foundry should include written acknowledgment of, and agreement with, the Molecular Foundry’s Data Management Statement, as given here.
If you propose to use facilities or resources at the Molecular Foundry, please be aware of the following information, either for inclusion in your Molecular Foundry User Proposal or an associated request for DOE funds leveraging Molecular Foundry resources, which must contain a Data Management Plan.
Currently, all Molecular Foundry Users are responsible for their own Data Management associated with their approved and active User Projects. If you have questions regarding our Data Management policy, you are encouraged to contact the User Office at [email protected] and/or your User Project’s Assigned Staff Scientist.
Users are free to use personal mass storage devices, laptops, tablets, cell phones and lab notebooks for data storage and eventual transfer to their home institution. Foundry facility-based access to cloud storage and backup is available to Users, in some cases for a nominal fee (e.g., Google Drive, Dropbox, Carbonite). Data stored in the cloud can be shared by standard means. For user work performed on instruments within our facilities, Users must transfer data first to a file server or local storage device or else request the transfer via Foundry staff. Software for data analysis is available on local computer desktops in-house; users are free to utilize their own provided resources. Computational resources exist and follow LBNL standard practice for temporary storage of User data files backup for the duration of their projects.
For specific instruments in most facilities, staff-originated data back-ups occur regularly; files transferred to institutional storage (file servers) are backed up daily, but Users are generally responsible for their own data preservation. User data is only preserved during the project lifetime and no guarantees are provided once the project ends, although some facilities maintain data long term/indefinitely. Access to data is associated with the status of a User Project and once terminated data access and preservation rights may be lost. All data generated on collaborative non-proprietary user projects funded by DOE and referenced, utilized or included in subsequent publications is expected to be made public upon request.
All data generated on a Foundry collaborative project is jointly owned by both users and LBNL unless otherwise defined in executed User Agreement documents. Data generated on non-collaborative projects may be owned exclusively by the Users. No restrictions on file formats due to heterogeneity currently exist.