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Rights and duties of users


Users access the tools of the MEANS platform via an URL address provided during registration.

Users access a workspace whose rights are managed by MEANS administrators.

To become a user, it is necessary to create an account; i.e., to obtain a right of access, which is subject to validation by the platform team and the signing of a licence by its governing body. MEANS users have access to documentation, calculation tools and databases depending on their type of user profile.

Data Quality

The MEANS platform is careful to provide only high-quality data, i.e., in accordance with:

  • AGRIBALYSE quality standards (at a minimum)
  • ecoinvent quality standards (if data allow)
  • ILCD quality standards (ideal case, if data allow)

Before being published in platform databases, data are validated by a validation committee.

MEANS data are associated with:

  • The names of authors who created them
  • Conditions and assumptions that accompanied the creation of data (metadata)
  • Optionally, references to publications associated with these data

Data privacy

The MEANS-InOut implementation and indicator calculation software is provided with a user management module. This module ensures that ongoing research on the platform remains confidential in a MEANS folder.

Access to a MEANS folder is reserved to the account holder who is responsible for the folder, participants1 of the folder and, to maintain the tool, the administrator of the MEANS databases. Depending on the type of licence, account holders may be asked to publish at least one dataset in the MEANS databases. If so, these data will remain confidential until:

  1. Publication of results of the study or two years after the end of the research project, and 
  2. Data have been validated by the validation committee

If the user wishes to be helped by a member of the MEANS team, the team member will need to access the user’s folder, according to the conditions defined when the folder was created.

[1] Individuals who contribute to the work in a folder and therefore have access to its data during the work phase.