Terms and Conditions

An update to this policy was made on October 2022, and is available at https://www.kbase.us/about/terms-and-conditions-v2/


As a condition of your use of KBase (the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase) you agree not to upload any type of human data or personally identifiable information. KBase requires any user uploading data associated with human subjects (i.e., “human microbiome”) to verify in writing inside a Narrative markdown cell that 1) the user is an authorized contact for these data  and authorized to submit, share or release these data; 2) the data were collected under an IRB-approved protocol (including the IRB protocol number); and 3) that the data were stripped of identifiers that could link the data to the individual from whom it was collected, prior to uploading to KBase.

Any individual who accesses these data sets commits that he/she/they will not attempt to re-identify the data. If individually identifiable data are found inside KBase, contact engage@kbase.us immediately.

Other prohibited data include data that are export controlled, categorized as “Official Use Only” or “Controlled Unclassified Information” by the US Government, or any other data that the data owner would classify as “Moderate” or “High” under Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 199: Standards for Security Categorization of Federal Information and Information Systems.

WARNING: Improper use of KBase, including uploading human data, may result in the termination of KBase access privileges.


KBase conforms to the Information and Data Sharing Policy of the Genomic Science Program of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Office of Science. Please see the KBase Data Policy page for more information.


As a condition of your use of KBase you accept sole responsibility for all files you upload or transfer through use of KBase. You recognize and accept that KBase does not guarantee long-term retention of user uploaded data, and will not be responsible for any failure to store or transfer, or deletion, corruption or loss for any data, information or content contained in your files. It is strongly recommended that you back up all files prior to using KBase.


By using KBase, including its websites and services or via published APIs, you are agreeing to the terms stated in our KBase Use Agreement. Please read them carefully. They include limitations on what is acceptable user behavior, accountability, availability, data retention, and conditions for account termination. If you do not agree, do not access or use KBase.


KBase is provided as a public service. KBase reserves the right to monitor any and all use of kbase.us. KBase never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to KBase functions. The Privacy Policy describes the ways KBase collects, stores, uses, discloses and protects the personal information about users and how they use KBase.


All software developed by the KBase project team, and any contributed by you to KBase, is stored and maintained in the public KBase GitHub code repository under the MIT Open Source License (“License”). By contributing to or using KBase, you acknowledge having read and understood the License and agree to abide by it.