Welcome to MEL Website (the “Site”). The Site is an online collaborative working tool for project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (“ICARDA”) and the International Potato Centre (“CIP”) (“Owners”). Additional organizations, projects and programs may use the Site with the permission of the Owners.
The Owners carry out, through the Site a non-profit, public interest, transparent service of Monitoring & Evaluation in accordance with the requests of worldwide donors and stakeholders, and that is strictly related to agricultural research projects and activities. The User must be an adult according to the legislation applicable in his/her country of residence.
1. MEL Identity, Purpose and Objectives
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is multi-center and multi-CRP online platform for integrated management, monitoring, and reporting of projects, from planning to budgeting, risks’ assessment, and more. The platform comes with MELSpace, an integrated Open Access repository, and the Knowledge Sharing tool-set, which includes an internal discussion forum, a technical assistance chat, project dedicated web-pages, and a communication-friendly module to write and disseminate project related blog stories.
MEL’s purpose is to boost the outreach of the scientific results of agricultural research projects and activities worldwide, planned, implemented and reported by mean of international donors and public funds, through the application and development of suitable, advanced IT solutions.
MEL’s main objective is to safeguard intellectual assets and provide full credit to the authors of knowledge that reported and shared in MEL while making use of international metadata standards such as Dublin Core. MEL’s basic objective is to provide M&E, administrative and programmatic support to international organizations and actors engaging in the field of agricultural research, free of charge.
The platform has been integrated with a number of third party web services, as listed in the section of these terms entitled “List of Data Collected”, and shall interoperate with these other webs services for purposes consistent the fulfilment of the purpose and objectives of MEL.
MEL is the result of the synergic efforts by CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC), CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), International Potato Center (CIP), WorldFish, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), ICARDA GeoAgro and is powered by CodeObia, iMMAP, DSpace and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
2. Intellectual Property
a. The Owners grant the User a royalty-free license to use the Site. You agree not to copy, republish, frame, download, transmit, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, distribute, license, sublicense, reverse engineer, or create derivative works based on the information contained or offered in the Site unless the Owners have provided you with prior, written authorization to do so. In addition, you agree not to use any data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction methods in connection with the Site.
B. User Generated Content: You will be the only owner of the intellectual assets associated with any new content that might be generated from your use of MEL (“Contribution”). You agree to license back to the Owners on a non-exclusive, unlimited, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, make available to the public, and/or to incorporate your Contribution in other works in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your Contribution.
The content, organization, graphics, design, audio, animation, video, compilation, magnetic translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the Site are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary (including but not limited to intellectual property) rights. The copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such matters or any part of the Site is strictly prohibited. You do not acquire ownership rights to any content, document or other materials viewed through the Site. Except for any content generated by you over which you acquire sole ownership as in accordance with 2(B) above, the posting of information or materials on the Site does not constitute a waiver of any right in such information and materials.
4. Use of Software
6. Content Provided by other Users and Third Parties
The Owners do not act as moderator within the Site and decline any direct and indirect liability related to insertion, visualisation or usage of content provided by third parties and other Users in the Site. The Owners are not responsible of those contents and their accessibility. You assume full liability deriving from your visualisation, inappropriate insertion or misuse of content on the Site, as well as for any resulting data and rights breaches and infringement.
7. Services Provided by Third Parties
8. Limited Right to Use
The viewing, printing or downloading of any content, graphic, form or document from the Site grants you only a limited, nonexclusive license for use solely by you for your own personal use and not for republication, distribution, assignment, appropriation, sublicense, sale, preparation of derivative works or other use. No part of any content, form or document may be reproduced in any form or incorporated into any information retrieval system, electronic or mechanical, other than for your personal use (but not for resale, redistribution or dissemination). The rights granted to you constitute a limited, nonexclusive license and not a transfer of title.
9. Editing, Deleting and Modification
The Owners reserve the right in their sole discretion to process any documents, information or other content appearing on the Site.
10. Liability and Indemnification
11. Age Limit
You declare to be over 16 years of age. You are responsible for ensuring your sessions of use of the Site do not allow anyone below 16 years of age to intervene and you assume full liability if they do so intervene.
Your right to use the Site is not transferable. Any credential, permission or right given to you to operate in the Site at any level, such as controlling, processing or obtaining any information or document, is not transferable. You may not provide access to your account to any other person or legal entity without the prior written permission of the Owners. You are responsible for ensuring your sessions of use of the Site do not allow any third party to intervene and you assume full liability if they do so intervene.
14. Partial Inefficacy or Nullification
THE INFORMATION FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE IS PROVIDED “AS-IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARE DISCLAIMED (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DISCLAIMER OF ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE). THE INFORMATION AND SERVICES MAY CONTAIN BUGS, ERRORS, PROBLEMS OR OTHER LIMITATIONS. WE AND OUR AFFILIATED PARTIES HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR YOUR USE OF ANY INFORMATION OR SERVICE. IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT AS A LIMITATION THEREOF, WE AND OUR AFFILIATED PARTIES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF PROFITS, LITIGATION, OR THE LIKE), WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE NEGATION OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE OWNERS AND YOU. THIS SITE AND THE INFORMATION WOULD NOT BE PROVIDED WITHOUT SUCH LIMITATIONS. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT ALL RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY VIRUSES CONTAINED WITHIN THE ELECTRONIC FILE CONTAINING THE FORM OR DOCUMENT IS HEREBY DISCLAIMED BY THE OWNERS. THE OWNERS WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND THAT MAY RESULT FROM USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE OUR SITE.
16. Dispute Resolution
17. Data Transferral, Dissemination and Other Rights of the Users
Owner Contact Details
- International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas – ICARDA
Dalia Building 2nd Floor, Bashir El Kassar Street, Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon 1108-2010
Tel: +961 1 813303
Fax: +961 1 804071/01-843473
- International Potato Center – CIP
Avenida La Molina 1895, La Molina, Apartado Postal 1558, Lima, Peru
Tel: +511 3496017
You have the right to make a complaint at any time with a supervisory authority in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or of an alleged infringement of the General Data Protection Regulation. In the UK, the supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)(www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
Last edit on 24 December 2019.