The MSU CIAS Application and the CIAS 3.0 source code are owned by MSU, Wayne State University (“WSU”), and the University of Michigan (together the “Universities”). They have agreed to make the CIAS Application available for research at little to no cost (see Section 8, below, for details). Further, Universities have agreed to make CIAS source code available under the GNU General Public License, Version 3 for research purposes (https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt). If you would like a copy of the source code pursuant to the GNU General Public License, Version 3, it may be downloaded from GitHub (https://github.com/).
Interventions developed using either the CIAS Application or the CIAS source code are the intellectual property of their creator (the individual investigator or team). Further, the GNU General Public License Version 3 also allows commercialization of content developed using CIAS Source Code, with conditions specified in detail in the license. However, the MSU CIAS Application is a particular instance of CIAS. In the same way that an author cannot distribute free copies of specific word processing software to enable others to read their novel, behavioral scientists may not use the research-focused MSU CIAS Application for commercial purposes, even if they do so with their own interventions (their intellectual property).
The CIAS name, the Application and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans are copyright and trademarks belonging to the Universities. You must not use such marks without our prior written permission. All other names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans on this Application are the trademarks of their respective owners.
To access certain features on the Application, you may be required to provide personal and/or demographic information as part of the registration process. You agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the applicable registration and you are responsible for keeping such information up-to date (this includes your contact information, so that we can reliably contact you). Also, you are to protect the confidentiality of your account password/passcode as we are not liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your password/passcode or account information.
When you register your account on CIAS you must choose an account type. The four account types are Guest Participant, Registered Participant, Researcher, and Team Administrator. Guest Participant accounts gain access to intervention content via email or public link. Their responses to the intervention content are anonymous and no identifiable information is saved in the system. Registered Participant accounts must create a CIAS account, by providing their first and last name, and email address in order to gain access to an intervention. Within their account, Registered Participants will have the ability to view all interventions they are participating in- including all upcoming sessions, as well as reports containing a summary of their responses for all previous sessions completed. Researcher accounts can create, edit, and manage (invite, remove, and deactivate) participants for their own interventions. Team Administrator accounts have the ability to manage (invite, remove, and deactivate) researcher and participant accounts on their team. Team Administer accounts can also create, view, edit, and download data files for all interventions created within their team.
When you register an account on CIAS we will ask you for the following information:
a. Your Name
b. Your institution
c. Email address
e. Research interests
f. How you learned about CIAS
g. The expected size of your study team
h. Prior experience with CIAS or other digital intervention development
i. Which CIAS features you plan to use
j. Verification that CIAS will be used for non-commercial research only
k. Details about the project you will be using CIAS for
l. The estimated sample size of your study
m. Whether your project will use text messaging, and if so the estimated number of text messages to be sent to each participant (0, 1-10, etc.)
n. If this work is supported by a specific grant award and details of the grant, if any
o. If you will be using CIAS for wireframing or prototyping
p. If you are hoping to use CIAS to collect Protected Health Information
q. Any other information we deem to be required to set up your account
Please note that Protected Health Information (PHI) may not be entered into the CIAS Application under any circumstances without our express permission. If your project will use CIAS to collect and store PHI, you may do so only by retrieving the CIAS 3.0 code from https://github.com/ and installing an instance of CIAS on servers belonging to your institution or the covered entity in question. If you require assistance in this process, we can connect you to our software developers (a separate company unrelated to MSU), who may charge you for any assistance needed by you or your IT team. You should also check with your institution for guidance on its internal processes for collecting and storing PHI.
You shall not alter copy, modify or tamper with the Application as provided. You further agree not to collect email addresses, phone numbers, or other contact information of Users from the Application by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails, text messages, or other unsolicited communications. Additionally, you agree not to use automated scripts to collect information from the Application or for any other purpose. You further agree that you may not use the Application in any unlawful manner or in any other manner that could impact the Application. In addition, you agree not to use the Application:
In order to register for our services on the Application, you represent and warrant that: You either possess corporate legal personality or are at least 18 years of age and are legally able to enter into a binding contract.
The CIAS Application is a non-commercial and open research resource. Our goal is for cost to never be a barrier to distribution and use by the academic research community. You can help make this possible by including $3,000 per year for use of this platform into any new grant budgets. We also ask that well-funded investigators using CIAS for unfunded or internally funded studies also consider paying a similar amount to support this initiative. Studies involving many participants or many text messages may be required to provide financial support over and above $3,000 per year, even if not part of a funded study. All fees paid to MSU will be handled under a service contract that MSU will initiate.
If asked, we can “white list” your intervention (that is, for your participants to see your own logo). However, we will only add a study or University logo that you provide to us, and only if it is sent with an acknowledgement that you have the right or privilege to use that image for your study.
Applied use of the CIAS Application by non-profit organizations for projects that do not qualify as research (for example, projects that focus on service provision and that are not considered research by an IRB) will require written permission from MSU, and may require financial support. Permission can be requested by emailing us at email@example.com.
CIAS is administered by MSU to facilitate research around the world. However, MSU’s ability to provide technical support to individual CIAS Users is extremely limited. If you are having trouble using CIAS, please consult the training and help materials that are available on our website at www.cias.app. If you are still having issues you may want to attend one of our onboarding and orientation sessions which are scheduled periodically. We will also provide a link for submission of technical support tickets, but our ability to respond to tickets depends on the volume of tickets we receive. If you require more technical support, we can provide a list of outside consultants with expertise in CIAS 3.0. These consultants, however, are not affiliated with MSU and may charge a fee for their services. MSU does not endorse or in any way warrant the work of any consultant recommend for technical support.
All those using CIAS in their research must cite CIAS in publications and presentations as follows:
Ondersma S, Broderick B, Spiller A, Marcu G, Buis L. The Computerized Intervention Authoring System (CIAS), v. 3.0. www.cias.app. CIAS is an open-source research resource funded by NIH/NIBIB grant 7U24EB028990 and administered by Michigan State University.
TO THE EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL UNIVERSITIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND LOSSES OF PROFITS ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE APPLICATION, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, CORRUPTION OR LOSS OF DATA OR INFORMATION, EVEN IF UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OR ARE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY OF LIABILITY (CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE). As permitted by applicable law, the Universities will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with the use of, or inability to use our Application and you hold the Universities harmless in respect of:
i. any loss of profits, loss of business, loss of revenue, loss of contracts, loss of goodwill, loss of anticipated earnings or savings (whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential); or
ii. any loss of use or value or damage of any data or equipment (including software), wasted management, operation or other time (whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential); or
iii. Any special, indirect, punitive, incidental or consequential loss, arising in connection therefrom.
Universities shall not be liable for any unauthorized use of the Application, or the consequences thereof. Such unauthorized usage shall be entirely at your own risk.
You hereby agree and undertake to fully indemnify and keep the Universities harmless from and against all actions, claims, costs (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis), losses, charges, expenses and damages which we may suffer or incur as a result of:
You shall not hold the Universities liable or responsible for any action, claim, cost, expense, damage and loss, including consequential loss or damage or loss of profit, which you may suffer or incur as a result of a breakdown in the Application or when the Application is not available by reason of circumstances beyond our control or arising directly or indirectly out of your use of the Application.
The services provided under this Application are provided to you “as is,” without any representation or warranty, express or implied, of any kind, including, but not limited to, warranties of MERCHANTABILITY, non-infringement, or FITNESSS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The Universities do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the CIAS application, the suitability of the content or the reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information displayed or distributed through the Application. The Universities give no assurance that the Application will meet any or all requirements you may have, whether or not advised to you. Furthermore, the Universities give no assurance that the running of the Application will be incessant, uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the Application is free of viruses or other harmful components. The Universities cannot guarantee and do not promise any specific results from use of our services via the Application.
The Application and the service may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for maintenance or other reasons. The Universities assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of User communications. The Universities are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on the Application or combination thereof, including injury or damage to Users or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in connection with the web and/or in connection with the service provided via the Application.
Our failure to enforce a provision of these Terms is not a waiver of our right to do so later. If any provision of these Terms is found unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Terms will remain in full effect and an enforceable term or terms will be substituted reflecting our intent as closely as possible.
Any question regarding the use of the Application, or comments about the services provided via the Application or its contents should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.