WikiCarbon:Terms of Use

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Terms of Use

The Terms of Use must be read and understood in conjunction with the Disclaimer, Privacy policy, and Rules & Principles. Note that "Terms of Service" and "Terms of Use" are used interchangeably on WikiCarbon; both terms refer to the following page contents:


  1. Account: A User's unique, password-protected interface to authenticate a User's identity and credentials to this MediaWiki, to make edits on this MediaWiki (including creating pages, editing content on pages, and adding comments to discussion boards), and to receive various levels of authorization and other editing capabilities (an "Account").
  2. Administrative Pages: All indexing, resource, and guidance pages on this MediaWiki -- as indicated by page titles beginning or ending in either "(Resource)", "(Guideline)", "(Index)", or "Index" (collectively, the "Administrative Pages");
  3. Administrators: Users that have administrative editing privileges.
  4. Content: Data & Information and Results (collectively, the "Content");
  5. Creator: Alexander G. Frantzen ("Creator");
  6. Data & Information: All data and information made available on this MediaWiki, including calculations (collectively, the "Data & Information");
  7. Editors: Any individual(s), entity or entities, that use an account to make edits to any pages on this MediaWiki (collectively, "Editors");
  8. Open license: This term on WikiCarbon refers to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) ("Open license");
  9. Results: Product Carbon Footprint results, final calculations, carbon inventories, and summaries, including for both brand-specific and general products, as well as other greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories (collectively, the "Results"); and
  10. User: Any individual(s), entity or entities, that read, use and/or edit Content hosted and compiled on this MediaWiki (collectively, the "Users").

Terms of Use:

  1. Users are free to: (a) Read and print Content free of charge; (b) Share and reuse Content under free and open licenses; and (c) Contribute to discussions associated with Pages on this MediaWiki;
  2. Users are free to read, use and edit Content on this MediaWiki under the following conditions: (a) Responsibility (Editors take responsibility for edits as Creator through this MediaWiki simply hosts Content); (b) Civility (Editors support a civil environmental and do not harass other Editors or users); (c) Lawful Behavior (Editors do not violate copyright or other laws); (d) No harm (Editors do not harm the technology infrastructure of this MediaWiki); and (e) Terms of use, disclaimer and policies (Editors adhere to the below Terms of Use);
  3. With the understanding that: (a) Editors license freely their Contributions under a free and Open license (unless contributions are in the public domain); and (b) No professional advice (Content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice).
  4. Administrative Pages are protected and managed by Creator and Administrators to facilitate ease of use and retrieval of assessments compiled by Editors, in-line with the Mission (see: About WikiCarbon). A visual analogy is that the product indices (categories) are vertically fixed (bounded), while product assessments -- contributed by Editors -- are horizontally limitless (unbounded). Retrieving and accessing the limitless work by Editors is made possible with the bounded index pages (in conformance with the WikiCarbon Classification System).
  5. The compilation and editing of assessments and other pages on this MediaWiki by Editors, is taken up by Editors. Creator does not take an editorial role. Editors are responsible for their own actions (i.e., edits and contributions) and subject to applicable laws.
  6. Disclaimers: Refer to Disclaimers for additional detail (in addition to this Terms of Use) regarding your responsibility with regard to using Content; in short, Content is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and Creator and Editors disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Create and Editors make no warranty that Content (including hosting of) will meet Users' requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that Content will be secure.
  7. Limitation on Liability: Creator and Editors will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether Creator was advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall Creator's liability exceed one U.S. dollar ($1.00 USD) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although Creator's liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
  8. These Terms of Use may be modified; substantial future revisions of these Terms of Use will be distributed (an email will be sent) to all account holders, including all Editors, at least thirty (30) days before the end of the commitment period.
  9. If any provision of part of a provision of these Terms of Use (including Disclaimer or Privacy policy) is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.

Thank You!

WikiCarbon is a Collective Brain Trust. We are facilitating collaboration, public disclosure, transparency -- and trust -- by making Data & Information and Results accessible, i.e., by bringing to light the carbon accounting (carbon inventories) of products.

Products are what connects consumers and producers. We all exchange goods and services with one another and with companies. The land use changes (LUC), energy use, and chemical reactions performed by human business activities, for the most part, are carried out to produce goods and services ("products"). Products include (i) basic needs like food, water, shelter and clothes, (ii) minimum levels of consumption for sanitation, education and healthcare, and (iii) goods and services outside of basic needs, sometimes classified as discretionary. Carbon emissions are embedded and embodied in every product; and many products have emissions directly associated with them during consumption, e.g., charging your smartphone and burning gasoline to use your car. Thus, examining the full life-cycles of products (from production through consumption) is a great way to examine the economic systems and energy systems that produce products, thereby, also shedding light on where greenhouse gas (often called "carbon") emissions originate.

Learn more about this project in About WikiCarbon.