As a public service, the PhasIbeAm Team is making available the raw sequence data from this genome-sequencing project before scientific publication. The purpose of this policy is to make available the common bean genomic sequence to the scientific community as soon as possible with the reasonable expectation that the collaborators will publish their results without concerns about potential preemption by other groups that did not participate in the effort.
These pre-publication data are preliminary and may contain errors. The goal of this policy is that early release should enable the progress of science. By accessing these data, you agree not to publish any articles containing analyses of genes or genomic data on a whole genome or chromosome scale prior to publication by the PhasIbeAm team and its collaborators of its comprehensive genome analysis. These restrictions will be lifted on the publication of the whole genome description. During this waiting period, the data will be available for any kind of publication that does not compete directly with planned publications (e.g. reserved analyses) of the PhasIbeAm team and collaborators. A list of coordinators of the PhasIbeAm team is posted in the project's Info page (http://www.genoma-cyted.org/) and is the point of contact and arbiter regarding publication plans. Scientists are strongly encouraged to contact a coordinator about their intentions and any potential collaboration.
Reserved analyses include the identification of complete (whole genome) sets of genomic features such as genes, gene families, regulatory elements, repeat structures, GC content, etc., and whole-genome comparisons of regions of evolutionary conservation or change. Manually annotated genes within the Genome Portal are also reserved. Studies of any type on the reserved data sets that are not in direct competition with those planned by the PhasIbeAm team and its collaborators may also be undertaken following an agreement to that effect. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the PhasIbeAm team to discuss such possibilities.
If these data are used for publication, the following acknowledgment should be included: "These sequence data were produced by the PhasIbeAm team within the Project “Sequencing of the common bean genome (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) for the rational exploitation of the natural resources of Iberoamerica” coordinated by the “IBERO-AMERICAN PROGRAMME FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT (CYTED) http://www.cyted.org/". We request that you notify us upon publication so that this information can be included in the final annotation.
The data may be freely downloaded and used by all who respect the restrictions in the previous paragraphs. While still in waiting period status, the assembly and raw sequence reads should not be redistributed or repackaged without permission from the PhasIbeAm team. Any redistribution of the data during this period should carry this notice: "The PhasIbeAm team provides these data in good faith, but makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for any purpose for which the data are used." Once moved to unreserved status, the data are freely available for any subsequent use.