The following English translation of the “Nutzungsordnung der GWDG” is for information purposes only. Only the German version is legally binding.
For the sake of easier reading, the masculine form will be used consistently throughout this document, whilst it is to be explicitly interpreted as including the female form.
(1) The GWDG is a shared corporate facility of the Georg-August-University Göttingen and the non-profit Max Planck Society (Max-Planck Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V.). It fulfils the function of a joint computing and IT competence centre for the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the IT centre for the University of Göttingen. Its scientific research tasks are nested in the area of applied computer sciences. Moreover, the GWDG promotes the training of specialised staff for information technology.
(2) The GWDG’s organisation and responsibilities are laid down in the partnership agreement and the guidelines governing the Centre’s work. The responsibilities of the GWDG as the university computing centre for the University of Göttingen are laid down in a separate agreement.
(1) The following parties may be authorised to use the services provided by the GWDG
(2) The GWDG reserves the right to limit the user groups in accordance with its partnership agreement.
(3) Permission to use is granted exclusively for academic, scholarly and scientific purposes in research, teaching and studies, for purposes relating to the library, the administration, continuing education and further education as well as for the purpose of fulfilling other duties and responsibilities incumbent upon the University or the MPG. Any use in derogation thereof may be permitted in accordance with the Partnership Agreement if its scope is narrow and said use does not affect the GWDG’s mission or the concerns of the other users.
(4) Permission to use the GWDG’s facilities and services shall be granted by issuance of a user permit. The user shall apply for a user permit in writing or according to other procedures agreed on with the University and the MPG. Thereupon, the GWDG shall issue the permit after approval by the management of the affiliated institution to which the applicant is assigned.
(5) The application, which as a rule should be submitted electronically and must be approved by the institution’s management, shall contain the following information:
(6) The user permit can be time-limited.
(7) In order to ensure proper and fault-free operation, the user permit may be additionally subject to other requirements.
(8) Above and beyond this, the GWDG may make its permission to use contingent upon proof of certain knowledge about the use of the requested data processing systems and IT services.
(9) If the capacities of the IT resources are not sufficient to satisfy the needs of all users, the operating equipment for the individual user may be consigned in the order listed under Article 3 (1); this is because permission to use facilities can only be granted when allowed by the available capacities. The particulars are laid down in the “Directives on Consignment, Kontingentierung von IT-Leistungen der GWDG“.
(10) In general, the user permit is granted to individuals by providing them with one or several personal user IDs. User IDs granting authorisation to user groups or function-related instead of person-related use (function IDs) are only provided in justified exceptions.
(11) The user permit can be denied wholly or in part, revoked or retrospectively limited, particularly if
(12) The user permit expires,
Article 4 User’s Rights and Obligations
(2) The users are obligated to
(3) Special reference is made to the following offences punishable under the German Criminal Code (StGB):
Article 5 Exclusion from Use
(1) Usage of IT resources by users may be temporarily or permanently limited or prohibited altogether, if they
(2) Measures under subsection (1) of this Article should be taken if a prior remand fails to prevent the undesired behaviour. The affected person shall be given the opportunity to submit a rebuttal statement and may request the management of his institution to mediate. Under all circumstances, the opportunity for securing their data must be granted unless precluded by other legal regulations to the contrary. The GWDG must, without delay, inform the management of the respective institution holding access authorisation.
(3) Temporary usage restrictions decided on by the GWDG’s management shall be lifted as soon as proper usage appears to be assured once again.
(4) In the event of serious or repeated violations as defined under subsection 1 of this Article, permanent restrictions on use or complete exclusion of a user from further use shall be considered, also when proper behaviour is no longer to be expected in the future. Potential claims on the part of the GWDG resulting from the mutual agreement for use shall remain unaffected thereby.
(5) The ownership of data must be clearly defined between the user and institution holding access authorisation.
(1) The GWDG keeps a directory of all user authorisations which lists the information required on the application, additional voluntary user data as well as the names and descriptions derived thereform, such as e-mail addresses.
(2) Where necessary in order to rectify faults, for system administration and system expansion, or for the sake of system security and to protect user data, the GWDG can temporarily restrict usage of its resources or temporarily block individual User IDs. As far as possible, the affected users shall be informed of this in advance.
(3) If there is clear evidence that a user is keeping illegal content for use on the GWDG’s servers, the GWDG can suspend further use until the legal situation has been satisfactorily resolved.
(4) The GWDG has the right to verify the security of system/user passwords and user data by regularly implementing manual or automated measures as well as the required protective measures, for example, by changing easy-to-guess passwords, in order to protect the IT resources and user data against unauthorised third-party claims. The user shall be notified without delay in the event of changes to user passwords, access rights to user data and the implementation of other usage-relevant protective measures.
(5) For the processing of personal data by the user, the GWDG has the appropriate protective measures in place that reflect the technical and organisational/administrative state-of-the-art options available to it and ensures that these measures are supported within the computer centre’s operation.
(6) Under the provisions stated below, the GWDG has the right to document and analyse each individual user’s utilisation of the data processing systems, but only to the extent necessary to
Under these conditions and in compliance with data protection and criminal regulations, the GWDG also has the right to inspect the user’s data to the extent necessary to eliminate current disruptions or to discover and stop any unlawful or criminal behaviour in the face of substantial evidence.
In all cases, the inspection must be documented and the affected user notified without delay once the purpose has been achieved.
The aforementioned provisions also allow documentation of the traffic and user data generated during messaging traffic (especially e-mail usage) subject to compliance with the applicable statutory requirements. Notwithstanding the above, the immediate circumstances of the telecommunications, but not the non-public communication contents, may be collected, processed and used.
However, the inspection of messaging and e-mail accounts is only permissible to the extent that this is essential to rectify current faults in the e-mail messaging service. Under these circumstances, the GWDG’s data protection officer must be brought in.
The traffic data and user data generated by online activities on the Internet and using other media services or telecommunications provided by the GWDG for usage or for which the GWDG mediates access to use, must be deleted as early as possible, at the latest directly at the end of the respective instance of use, unless invoicing data happen to be involved.
Under the provisions of the statutory regulations, the GWDG is obligated to maintain telecommunications secrecy and data confidentiality.
(7) For the purpose of optimizing the services provided, GWDG is entitled to contact users by e-mail and to e.g. invite them to participate in online surveys. The participation of users in such surveys is voluntary.
(8) Whenever users report to the GWDG that they have terminated their use, the GWDG shall inform the institution holding access authorisation about the termination of use.
(9) After invalidating the user permit (Article 4 (12)), the data stored under the User ID will be deleted.
Article 7 Liability of the User
(2) The user shall also be liable for damages resulting from third-party use within the scope of the user’s access and usage options provided to him, provided he is responsible for this third-party use, and particularly, if he has shared his User ID with third parties. In this case, the GWDG can demand a user fee for the third-party use from the user according to the provisions of the pay regulations.
(3) If any third parties assert claims against the GWDG for damage compensation, default or other claims resulting from the users’ activities that are illegal or punishable under criminal law, the user must release the GWDG from all claims resulting therefrom. The GWDG will file suit against user in the event that the third party litigates against the GWDG in court based on these claims.
(1) The GWDG does not warrant, and hereby disclaims any warranties – either express or implied – that the IT systems will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner at all times. The potential loss of data resulting from technical malfunctions or the disclosure of confidential data resulting from unauthorised access by third parties cannot be excluded.
(2) The GWDG shall not be responsible for the accuracy of the software provided. Neither shall the GWDG be liable for content, particularly relating to the accuracy, completeness or up-to-date nature of the information and data; the GWDG merely mediates the access to use of said information and data.
(3) Otherwise the GWDG shall only be liable in the event of intent or gross negligence by its employees, unless there are significant obligations that have been culpably violated, where compliance therewith is of special importance for carrying out the purpose of the contract (cardinal obligations). In this case, the GWDG’s liability is limited to the typical damages that were foreseeable at the time when the mutual agreement for use was established, as long as no intentional or grossly negligent acts have been committed.
(4) Any public authority liability against the GWDG shall remain unaffected by the aforementioned policy.
Article 9 Economic Management of Services
(1) Rankings and Fees
The data processing projects will be classified into ranked groups; the classification will be based on the affiliation of the institutions with access authorisation conducting the projects. The ranking will be assigned according to the currently amended version of the “General Terms and Conditions, Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen (AGB)”.
(2) Allocation of Contingents
Every institution holding access authorisation shall receive contingents of operating equipment. The allocation of contingents is the proprietary domain of the institutions holding access authorisation. An organ of the GWDG (see partnership agreement) lays down the guidelines for the allocation of the contingents to the institutions with access authorisation. As part of this economic management, the users can prove the need for the operating equipment, provided that other users’ possibilities are not unreasonably affected thereby.