Terms of Use

Your use of OpenMSI is subject to the following terms and conditions: OpenMSI is operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory managed and operated by the University of California (“LBNL” and “Berkeley Lab”) engage in fundamental, unclassified research in the public interest. By using this site, you agree to abide by the terms of the LBNL Privacy and Security notice, the NERSC Electronic Computer Use Agreement, the terms described herein and the OpenMSI Privacy Policy. You also acknowledge that the data in OpenMSI is subject to error and may not be accurate enough for your application. You agree not to hold the developers, contributors, hosts of OpenMSI, the Regents of the University of California, and the Department of Energy liable for any inaccuracies in the data, or consequences thereof. You agree not to use automated scripts to collect large fractions of the data and disseminate them. If you are interested in large datasets, please get in touch with an OpenMSI representative.

As a user of OpenMSI you can upload data you want to analyze and share via OpenMSI to /project/projecdirs/openmsi/original_data/<username>. Any other uses of OpenMSI storage or compute resources require the permission of the OpenMSI management team. If you need access to resources other than the ones explicitly permitted here, please contact the OpenMSI team.

Privacy Policy

Berkeley Lab provides OpenMSI as a public service. This Privacy Policy explains the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data by OpenMSI in relation to your use of the website openmsi.nersc.gov (“Website and Application Services”). When we use the term “personal data” in this Privacy Policy, we mean information that would allow someone to identify you, such as your name, address, location, employer, email address or other unique identifier.

Collection of personal data

You are not required to register to use the OpenMSI Website and Application Services, but registration enables enhanced features, which can greatly improve the usefulness of the site. When you register, we will collect information about your affiliation. This helps us to obtain funding and target our tools to the needs of our users. We also collect an email address that we will use to identify your profile. This allows you to review previous work and control sharing of data. OpenMSI uses the NERSC Information Management (NIM) system for user registration and users must adhere to the NERSC Electronic Computer Use Agreement as part of the user registraion. When you use the OpenMSI Website and Application Services, whether you log in as a registered user or not, our servers will automatically collect the following information: your IP address (which may be used to indicate your general location), your browser type and version, date and time of the visit, and the pages that you view on openmsi.nersc.gov. Additionally we also monitor and log all activity on the site, including any selections generated by you. By default all data will not be visible to the public unless the user explicitly designates them to be so.

Use of personal data

We use the personal data we collect for internal purposes only––for example, to help us measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and improve organization, coverage, system performance or problem areas. This information is not used for associating search terms or patterns of site navigation with individual users. On occasion, OpenMSI may use aggregated personal data information for the purposes of analysis of the webpage usage. Aggregated data cannot be linked back to an individual user. We also use Google Analytics to help us collect and analyze this personal data as discussed further below. We will never sell or rent your personal data, and we do not link browsing information or personal data from our server logs to any other personal data that you might submit to us, for example as a registered user of OpenMSI.

Disclosure of personal data

OpenMSI does not sell or rent your data to any third parties. OpenMSI may disclose your personal data to contractors and service providers only if and in so far as this is necessary for technical administration and maintenance of the Services, and in accordance with applicable law. We may also disclose your personal data to third parties if you explicitly consent to it, or if we are required to do so by applicable law.

Google Analytics

OpenMSI uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help us analyze how users use the Website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (including your truncated IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more information about Google Analytics, including Google’s privacy policy, please visit http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

If you would like to stop your data being sent to Google for analytics purposes, you can install the Google Analytics Browser Add-On, details of which are available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Cookies, Local Storage, and Session Storage

Like most websites, we use cookies, local storage, and session storage on the Website to help us improve the efficiency and quality of OpenMSI. We use these to register your visit and to track the things that you view. Most browsers have cookies turned on as a default, but you can always disable cookies or disable cookies from third parties. Note that all logged-in access requires the use of cookies. For more information about cookies, including instructions for disabling cookies in most common web browsers, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

Links to Other Sites

For service to our user community, some links are provided to other Internet sites that provide information. Once you follow a link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.


OpenMSI is being supervised by The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (“LBNL”,or "Berkeley Lab") and adheres to the cybersecurity standards enforced by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) for all its systems. Berkeley Lab operates an integrated set of cybersecurity protections designed to efficiently protect research and operational data while enabling cutting edge research. LBNL's systems are Certified and Accredited under NIST 800-53 and have Authority to Operate from the Department of Energy. LBNL's information protection systems include advanced intrusion detection systems, deep forensic logging, vulnerability detection and remediation, and configuration management. In addition, all employees receive annual cyber security awareness training in addition to job-specific training and awareness and ongoing awareness activities conducted by the Laboratory. A continuous monitoring program provides assurance that the systems are providing appropriate protection, and internal and external audits provide ongoing oversight of our operations. LBNL constantly adjusts its protections to changing risks and threats with the goal of optimally protecting scientific work.

Causing damage to federal computer systems is a violation of U.S. law and is subject to criminal prosecution in federal court. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from OpenMSI Web logs may be used to help identify an individual.

Updates to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When we do, we will also revise the Effective Date below. Any changes to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy will always be available here on our homepage so that our visitors are always aware of what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to third parties.


If you have questions about this Privacy Policy or the Terms of User, want to suggest changes, or want to know what personal data we store about you, please contact us.

Don’t want to give us your information?

If you decide that you do not want OpenMSI to collect or use your personal data in the manner described in this Privacy Policy, please do not register with our Website. If you decide that you no longer want to be registered with OpenMSI, you can send us a notice that you wish to withdraw any previous consent at any time by emailing us.

Licensing and Data Distribution

As a tool dedicated to helping researchers increase collaboration and the pace of science, this repository needs certain rights to copy, store, and redistribute data. By uploading data, metadata, and any other content to this repository, you warrant that you have the rights to the content and are authorized to do so under copyright or any other right that might pertain to the content. Data and facts themselves are not covered under copyright in the US and most countries, since facts in and of themselves are not eligible for copyright. That said, some associated metadata and some particular compilations of data could potentially be covered by copyright in some jurisdictions. Thus, by uploading content, you grant this repository and LBNL all rights needed to copy, store, redistribute, and share data, metadata, and any other content under the access control rules that you specify. By marking content as publicly available, you grant this repository, LBNL, and any other users the right to copy the content and redistribute it to the public without restriction under the terms of the OpenMSI Privacy Policy. Berkeley Lab also reserves the right to use your annotations, data scores and other metadata and information related to your data for research purposes.

Effective Date: 1 January 2013 — Last Update: 24 April 2014