Chintang and Puma Documentation Project (CPDP)
Access Rights Regulation


1 All CPDP recordings were made on the basis of informed consent by those being recorded. The documentation of informed consent is deposited in the archive. All people recorded agreed that the recordings can in principle be made public. However, given the nature of the data and in agreement with representatives of the communities and with standard scientific practice in endangered languages documentation, CPDP restricts access to the data in various ways. This document regulates these restrictions.
2 All stipulations and regulations in this document apply exclusively to data collected by CPDP. Data collection and data use outside CPDP is not affected by any of these stipulations and regulations.
3 This document was decided on August 13, 2007. It can be changed by the PIs (as defined in §1) at any time by majority vote.

1. User Categories

CPDP distinguishes four categories of users, as defined in the following way:
  1. Community members. Community members receive a login and password by registering, giving their name, address, e-mail (if available), and pāchā. The pāchā will be matched (in various spellings) against an official list of Puma and Chintang pāchā. If there is no match, users are advised to try alternative spellings. If there is still no match, users are advised to contact the Advisory Board which will decide (see Section 6).
  2. PIs: Balthasar Bickel, Martin Gaenszle, Novel Kishore Rai, Vishnu Singh Rai, Elena Lieven, Sabine Stoll
  3. Team members: All current and past CPDP Research Assistants: Shree Kumar Rai, Narayan Prasad Sharma (Gautam), Arjun Rai, Manoj Rai, Ichchha Purna Rai, Goma Banjade, Toya Nath Bhatta, Netra Prasad Paudyal
  4. Everybody else

2. Default access rights

The following are default settings applying to the parts of the corpus listed. The PIs reserve the right to change the settings for specific sessions, as seen fit. (For example, the PIs might want to assign the level “open” to a few sessions that we have already refered to in publications, or to some photographs.)

User category Access level Corpus part Code of conduct
All open genres "Study", "Paradigm", "Lexicography" none, but request of proper citation
All access-on-request copies of published work (e.g. Chintaṅ Sãskritī, published articles, magazines) none, but request of proper citation
All access-on-request all (including Child Language data) Fair Use
Community members restricted open all except Child Language data Fair Use
Team members restricted open all except Child Language data Fair Use
PIs restricted open all Fair Use

3. Definition of access levels

CPDP distinguishes four levels of access:
  1. “open” = users can freely access without registering, but the resource will be displayed with a statement indicating how it needs to be cited.
  2. "restricted open" = users can freely access after signing the FAIR-USE Code of Conduct and submitting their credentials (login name and password) based on their user category)
  3. "access-on-request" = users must ask the PIs for permission, stating their identity and the intended purpose of use, and they must sign the FAIR-USE Code of Conduct. See the Guidelines for Granting Access (§ 5).
  4. "closed" = only the PIs can access sessions, and they do not have the right to grant access to anyone else. This level will only be assigned upon request by copyright holders or relevant community members. (It might happen for example, if there are legal issues on a tape that should never be released to anyone.)

4. The Role of the Principal Investigators (PIs)

1 The PIs have the exclusive right to assign access levels to parts of the corpus or individual sessions, as long as they wish to do so. The PIs are: Balthasar Bickel
Martin Gaenszle
Novel Kishore Rai
Vishnu Singh Rai
Elena Lieven
Sabine Stoll
If the last of the last members of the PIs is no longer able or no longer willing to be part of the PI team anymore, the rights to define who has access to the CPDP archive under which terms will be transferred to an international organisation that aims at protecting the cultural heritage of humanity. If possible, this will be UNESCO. 2 Day-to-day access requests will be handled and decided by: In case of controversy, the PI team decides by majority vote.

5. Guidelines for granting access on request

1 Granting access on request is guided by the following principles: 2 All other requests and uses are decided on a case-by-case basis. Normally, access will be granted if no ethical or other serious reasons speak against it.
3 The PIs reserve the right to grant access only to parts of session, or only to specific resources of a session (e.g. only transcripts without video).
4 Access can be subject to additional conditions on use, as seen fit by the PIs.

6. Advisory Board

1 There are two advisory boards, one for Chintang and one for Puma, consisting each of three community representatives to be appointed by Novel Kishor Rai and Vishnu Sing Rai in consultation with CPDP members from the communities. Novel Kishor Rai and Vishnu Sing Rai represent the liaison between the Advisory Boards and the PIs.
2 The Advisory Boards monitor the access right decisions by the PIs and make suggestions.
3 Community members who have concerns about decisions by the PIs can approach the Advisory Board.
4 The Advisory Board decides unclear cases of community membership (cf. Section 1 above.)