MetaboHUB PeakForest services Terms of Use


Last modified December 16, 2020

MetaboHUB and the PeakForest project promotes open science through its mission to provide freely available online services, database and software relating to data contributed from life science experiments to the largest possible community. Where we present scientific data generated by others we impose no additional restriction on the use of the contributed data than those provided by the data owner.

MetaboHUB and the PeakForest project expect attribution (e.g. in publications, services or products) for any of its online services, databases or software in accordance with good scientific practice. The expected attribution will be indicated on the appropriate web page.

Any feedback provided to PeakForest project on its online services will be treated as non-confidential unless the individual or organisation providing the feedback states otherwise.

MetaboHUB and the PeakForest project are not liable to you or third parties claiming through you, for any loss or damage.

While we will retain our commitment to OpenScience, we reserve the right to update these Terms of Use at any time. When alterations are inevitable, we will attempt to give reasonable notice of any changes by placing a notice on our website, but you may wish to check each time you use the website. The date of the most recent revision will appear on this, the ‘MetaboHUB PeakForest services Terms of Use’ page. If you do not agree to these changes, please do not continue to use our online services. We will also make available an archived copy of the previous Terms of Use for comparison.

Any questions or comments concerning these Terms of Use can be addressed to: contact [AT] peakforest [DOT] org

Online Services

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Use of Web Browsers

The PeakForest web site supports the current release of Chrome, Firefox and Safari. "Supports" means that PeakForest will actively work to identify and fix bugs.

Web portal

PeakForest’s website uses cookies to record information about your online preferences that allow us to personalise your experience of the website. You can control your use of cookies from your web browser, but if you choose not to accept cookies from PeakForest’s website, you will not be able to take full advantage of all of the website’s features.

MetaboHUB PeakForest will make all reasonable effort to maintain continuity of these online services and provide adequate warning of any changes or discontinuities. However, PeakForest accepts no responsibility for the consequences of any temporary or permanent discontinuity in service.

Any attempt to use PeakForest online services to a level that prevents, or looks likely to prevent, PeakForest providing services to others, will result in the use being blocked. PeakForest will attempt to contact the user to discuss their needs and how (and if) these can be met from other sources.

If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to our websites or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any of our services, we may use your personal information from our security logs to stop such behaviour. Where we reasonably believe that you are or may be in breach of any applicable laws we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties about the content and your behaviour.

Software that can be run from the PeakForest webpages may be used by any individual for any purpose unless specific exceptions are stated on the web page. Any software from PeakForest made available for download through the eMetaboHub or Workflow4Metabolomics code repository pages (either directly or from third party repositories) will have its own individual license agreement.

PeakForest project has implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security which we deem appropriate, taking into account the categories of data we collect and the way we process it. No kitten were injured during the PeakForest developments.

MetaboHUB and PeakForest project do not accept responsibility for the consequences of any breach of the confidentiality of PeakForest site by third parties.

PeakForest Web Services (REST API)

All PeakForest REST requests should be made to URLs beginning with the following string:

These URLs direct requests to servers that are optimized to give users the best performance.

In order not to overload the PeakForest server, we recommend that users post no more than three URL requests per second and limit large jobs to either weekends or between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM Central European Standard Time during weekdays.

Failure to comply with this policy may result in an IP address being blocked from accessing PeakForest. If PeakForest blocks an IP address, service will not be restored unless the developers of the software accessing the PeakForest REST API contact the support.

Developers can ask a personnal or a service account on each PeakForest instances and generate their own API key asked by PeakForest Webservices authentication processes.

REST Api complete documentation is available on each PeakForest instances with the folowing URL:

Data services

The online data services and databases of PeakForest are generated in part from data contributed by the community who remain the data owners.

When you contribute scientific data to a database through our website or other submission tools this information will be released at a time and in a manner consistent with the scientific data and we may store it permanently.

PeakForest itself places no additional restrictions on the use or redistribution of the data available via its online services other than those provided by the original data owners.

PeakForest does not guarantee the accuracy of any provided data, generated database, software or online service nor the suitability of databases, software and online services for any purpose.


Copyrights and Data license

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Information that is created by or for MetaboHUB on this site is within the public domain. Public domain information on the PeakForest Web pages may be freely distributed and copied. However, it is requested that in any subsequent use of this work, PeakForest be given appropriate acknowledgment.

We have chosen to apply the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License to all copyrightable parts of our database.

We make no warranties regarding the correctness of the data, and disclaim liability for damages resulting from its use. We cannot provide unrestricted permission regarding the use of the data, as some data may be covered by patents or other rights. Any information is provided for research, educational and informational purposes only.


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Processing your personal data is necessary for our legitimate interest of allowing the day-to-day management, operation and functioning of PeakForest.

We collect the following personal data: IP addresses, Date and time of a visit to the service website, Operating system, Amount of data transmitted, Browser and Email (only when support is requested by the user).

We will use the personal data to:

  •   To provide the user access to the service
  •   To better understand the needs of the users and guide future improvements of the service
  •   To check that the Terms of Use of the service are followed
  •   To conduct and monitor data protection activities
  •   To create anonymous usage statistics
  •   To conduct and monitor security activities
  •   To answer a support request sent by the user

The personal data will be disclosed to authorised MetaboHUB and PeakForest staff and service providers which PeakForest relies on to provide the service.

There are no personal data transfers to international organisations.

Any personal data directly obtained from you will be retained as long as the service is live, even if you stop using the service. We will keep the personal data for the minimum amount of time possible to ensure legal compliance and to facilitate internal and external audits if they arise.

Access to the web and security logs containing personal data are restricted to the relevant PeakForest staff.

You have the right to:

  •   Not be subject to decisions based solely on an automated processing of data (i.e. without human intervention) without you having your views taken into consideration.
  •   Request at reasonable intervals and without excessive delay or expense, information about the personal data processed about you. Under your request we will inform you in writing about, for example, the origin of the personal data or the preservation period.
  •   Request information to understand data processing activities when the results of these activities are applied to you.
  •   Object at any time to the processing of your personal data unless we can demonstrate that we have legitimate reasons to process your personal data.