Terms of use

All TERN data, services and tools (hereafter referred to as digital asset) are openly accessible. However, some services require users to register through the Australian Access Federation (AAF) or Google account. Registration is free for users, but the service owners have the right to accept or reject any user.


Copyright and other rights in the material included in any of the TERN applications may belong to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) at the University of Queensland or third parties. Logos are used with consent. The content contained within any TERN web application is accessible under licenses specified by data providers. Please refer to specific permissions associated with a particular content for relevant terms of use.


TERN services are provided on an “as-is” and “as available” basis. Users use any TERN services at their discretion and risk. They will be solely responsible for any damage or loss whatsoever that results from such use including use of any data obtained through TERN and any analysis performed using the TERN infrastructure.

Web links to and from external, third party websites should not be constructed as implying any relationships with and/or endorsement of the external site or its content by TERN.

If you have any concerns about the integrity of the data or website content, please inform us via email: esupport@tern.org.au

Privacy Statement

All TERN web applications, services and privacy are administered by The University of Queensland Website Terms of Use and Privacy Management Policy.

When uploading datasets to the TERN portal, personal information of the dataset owners and contributors will be collected and stored by TERN and disclosed so that contributors can be correctly acknowledged and contacted by users in case of queries.

Email Subscription

Some services require an email subscription. For example, all the new and existing users registered to use the TERN CoESRA Virtual Desktop will be subscribed to the platform users’ mailing list by default.  We may send emails to communicate about scheduled CoESRA maintenance and downtime. If you do not wish to receive such communication, follow the unsubscribe instructions contained in the emails.

User Responsibilities

When you are granted access to use TERN digital assets, the user accepts the following responsibilities:

  • Users are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of their account details. If users are aware of any unauthorised use of their account, they should notify TERN immediately on esupport@tern.org.au.
  • Users will use all resources ethically and legally and respect all intellectual property rights.
  • Users are required to acknowledge and attribute the TERN infrastructure and digital assets as specified in the Use Acknowledgement and Attribution.
  • Users agree not to duplicate or use copyrighted software without proper authorisation.
  • Users should not share their credentials with others to access TERN digital assets.
  • Only authorised users who have registered with and provisioned the TERN CoESRA Virtual Desktop should use the system. The virtual desktop should be released if it is not in use.
  • Users agree to report technical and access issues to the TERN Help Desk.

Use Acknowledgement and Attribution

Reporting on the use of digital assets and research infrastructure is one of the performance indicators for TERN.  Therefore, users are required to clearly acknowledge their source in the following format:

TERN Funding Acknowledgment

This work was funded by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), an Australian Government NCRIS-enabled project.

TERN Partial Funding Acknowledgment

This work was partly funded by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), an Australian Government NCRIS-enabled project.

TERN Infrastructure Acknowledgement

This work is supported by the use of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) infrastructure, which is enabled by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Data Acknowledgement

Data was sourced from Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) infrastructure, which is enabled by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Users of TERN data, services and applications are required to attribute the creator of the resources following the citation format below; include versioning information, if available. The data citation information is provided in the collection metadata to credit relevant people and organisations involved in the data collection.

Dataset and Data Product

Authors (PublicationYear): Title. Version. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). (Dataset). Identifier.
Example: Cleverly, J. , Eamus, D. , Faux, R. , Grant, N. (2013): Ti Tree East Flux Data Collection. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). (Dataset). https://portal.tern.org.au/ti-tree-east-flux-collection/22139.

Data Service and Application

TERN (PublicationYear): Service/Application Name. Identifier.
Example: TERN (2019): TERN Linked Data Services. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). https://linkeddata.tern.org.au/.

All Vocabularies

TERN (2020): TERN Vocabularies. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). http://linked.data.gov.au/def/tern-cv/.

The following is the recommended citation for a specific vocabulary:

  • Organisation
    TERN (2020): TERN Organisation Vocabulary. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). https://w3id.org/tern/resources/ 
  • Platform
    TERN (2020): TERN Platform Vocabulary. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).  https://w3id.org/tern/resources/

Maintenance Policy

We strive to maximise uptime for all TERN data services, applications and platforms and minimise downtime when the systems undergo maintenance. 


Scheduled downtime is for preventative maintenance or major upgrades and will often require coordination and engagement with vendors or consultants.


Emergency downtime occurs in response to an existing error or problem in a system. If the error or problem worsens and threatens system operations, an emergency downtime may be required to resolve the issue.

Unexpected (Outage)

An unplanned downtime is a system outage resulting from a hardware or software failure.

TERN will use best efforts to communicate any downtime with users. However, resolution time may vary depending on the complexity and dependency on the third-party cloud resource providers.

Use of Services and Platform

TERN digital assets collect statistics on the number of users accessing the desktop and general user trends at an aggregate level to improve web performance, web services, website maintenance, and meeting reporting requirements to the funding body.

TERN may also use site visit information for security audits to protect against threats from hackers, and for other law enforcement and security purposes.

Changes to Terms

We may change these terms and any supplemental information on the TERN website at any time without any notice. If there are inconsistencies between these terms and any additional information, these terms will take precedence unless otherwise indicated.

Development Support

We acknowledge our partners in the following joint development:

TERN Data Discovery Portal

The TERN Data Discovery Portal utilises resources from the following third-party providers.

Mapping data

The region maps used in the search interface have been provided by the following agencies:

Australian Government – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australian Government – Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australian Government – Bureau of Meteorology

Australian Government – Australian Bureau of Statistics

TERN Data Submission tool (SHaRED)

SHaRED is developed based on the tool built by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania). Further development of the tool was co-funded by NCRIS-enabled Research Data Services (RDS).

Version 1 and 2 of SHaRED were developed by University of Adelaide with funding from NeCTAR, a former NCRIS-enabled project.

TERN CoESRA Virtual Desktop

CoESRA was partially funded by the NCRIS-enabled Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) through the Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DeVL) program.

TERN-ANU Landscape Data Visualiser

TERN-ANU Landscape Data Visualiser was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics, The Australian National University.