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Using and Redistributing PIR Databases
Submitting to PIR
Linking to PIR
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Using and Redistributing PIR Databases

Vendors and commercial entities who use and redistribute the PIR databases are requested to follow each of the following steps:

1. Inform PIR (pirmail@georgetown.edu)
2. Indicate to end users the name, the source, and the release number and date of the database.
3. Keep releases of PIR databases up-to-date, by using PIR regular quarterly releases.
4. Send PIR an annual statement with an estimated number of end users and any feedback information.

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Submitting to PIR
PIR has recently joined forces with EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) and SIB (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) to establish the UniProt (United Protein Databases), the central resource of protein sequence and function. Please submit your sequences, and bibliography directly to UniProt.

To begin sequence submission, please click here.

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Linking to PIR

PIR provides extensive cross-references and links to a large number of molecular databases of protein sequences, families, enzymes and pathways, structures and structural classes, genes and genomes, literature, and taxonomy. We welcome and encourage you to provide reciprocal links back to PIR from your databases. Summarized below are instructions for linking to the most widely retrieved databases. For questions and comments, email us email pirmail@georgetown.edu

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PIR Privacy Policy

PIR DOES NOT COLLECT OR ASSEMBLE PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR SALE OR DISTRIBUTION. PIR is asked to provide federal funding agencies with statistical information such as the total counts of different users, originating domains, files accessed, etc., for budget justification. The information obtained by PIR over the Internet depends on the type of interaction: Web site, FTP site, or email.

For each visit to the PIR Web site, the server automatically collects and stores the originating domain name, date, time, and files accessed. For user surveys and feedbacks, we request optional email addresses. For sequence submissions, we request mailing addresses and phone numbers in order to verify submission information before publication. For each visit to the PIR anonymous FTP site, the server logs the originating domain name and IP address, email address (if provided) and the files accessed. For each email, the mail server logs the complete email address. These addresses are used only for direct communication by PIR staff.

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Liability Disclaimer

The information, software, products, and services published on this Web site may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Improvements, changes, and additions may be made to the information on this Web site at any time. All information, products, and services are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. The Protein Information Resource has made every effort to present the data accurately and to ensure the proper functioning of the programs. PIR is not liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, the use of this Web site, or with the delay or inability to use this Web site, or for any information, products, and services obtained through this Web site. This Web site contains hyperlinks to Web sites operated by other parties. Such hyperlinks are provided for your reference only. PIR does not control such Web sites and is not responsible for their content. Inclusion of hyperlinks to other Web sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on these Web sites.

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