Terms of Use

BICCN Data Policies

The overarching goal of the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) project is to build comprehensive three-dimensional common reference brain cell atlases that will integrate molecular, anatomical, and functional, data for describing cell types in mouse, human, and non-human primate brains. Like other NIH large-scale community resource projects, the BICCN project seeks broad and rapid data dissemination and use by the entire scientific community to accelerate scientific exploration and to reap the maximum value from this project. All data produced from mouse, non-human primate, and open-access consented human brain samples will be available for unrestricted access and use immediately upon release to public databases.


Data Use Policy for External Users

BICCN data, tools, and resources are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode) License. Under this license external data users may freely download, analyze and publish results based on any BICCN open-access data and tools as soon as they are released, provided they give appropriate credit, a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.  This applies to all open-access datasets generated by individual members of the Network, regardless of type or size. Researchers using unpublished BICCN data are encouraged to contact the data producers to discuss possible coordinated publications; however, this is optional. The Network will continue to publish the results of its own analysis efforts in independent publications.  


Disclaimer:  Some members of the Network may claim patent, copyright, or other intellectual property rights in all or a portion of the data they have submitted. The Allen Institute is not in a position to assess the validity of such claims, and therefore cannot provide comment or unrestricted permission concerning the use, copying, or distribution of the information contained in the BICCN portal. 


Citation and Acknowledgement

We request that researchers who use BICCN datasets (published or unpublished) in presentations and publications cite and acknowledge the BICCN and BICCN production laboratory(s) for referenced dataset(s).