Who are you?

The website, R package, and database, are primarily maintained by Timothée Poisot. The discussions that led to this project took place during a variety of workshops, sponsored by the Canadien Institute for Ecology and Evolution, and the Santa Fe Institute.

A more exhaustive list of the people involved at various stages of the process can be found on the original preprint.

Our open-source contributions


Under which license are the data released?

We believe in free culture licenses that allow the contributors to retain the intellectual paternity over their work. When data are deposited into the database, and made public, they are made available under a CC-0 waiver.

Can my data be private?

It is possible to make network, dataset, and interaction objects private. All other objects are public by default. Private objects can only be viewed by their owner (and the database owners). We recommend that if you are unsure about how to upload data, you mark them at private (private = TRUE in R). You can then check that the data were correctly uploaded, and patch each object to make them public afterwards.

We also have some tolerance for longer storage of private data. However, storage is not free, nor is it the main goal of this database. It's totally OK to keep the data private when working on the paper. We will send emails every other month reminding you that you have private data, and asking for an estimate release date. We will never make your data public without your consent, but we may remove them if they are not made public once they have been published.

Why can't I see some data?

Some data can be private. If this is the case, their metadata are shown on the website (spatial position, sampling date, number of interactions), but only the original contributor can see them. The name of the original contributor, and its email adress, is listed on the data page.

How do I cite mangal in publications?

If you feel like the database has played a huge role in the development of your paper, you can cite us as Coming Soon. If you want to mention the origin of the data, you can do so in the methods or acknowledgements (idem if you want to tell other people you deposited your data), using, for example: "Data used in this study are available online at http://mangal.io/", and give a list of networks or datasets identifiers. However, it is important to give credit to the people who collected the data, so if space is restricted, we would prefer that you cite the original publications from which the data originate.

Can you help me upload my data?

We will be glad to. Just send us an email, and we can either check your script, or write one. If you have a large database that you want to release, we can work out a custom solution too.

How can I suggest changes?

All the development surrounding mangal is done on GitHub. You can contribute changes to the R package or API and data specification by opening Issues.