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ICODA Driver Project 1 & 2 ToU

Revision: 08

18 February 2021

Welcome to the COVID-19 Workbench (the COVID-19 Workbench), a service hosted and operated by Aridhia on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the Foundation), a Washington charitable trust and a member of the International COVID-19 Data Research Alliance (ICODA). The purpose of the COVID-19 Workbench is to unite data from international clinical trials and biomedical and health research to enable discoveries that benefit all people, everywhere, by reducing the harm of the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics (the Purpose).

Workbench Data

Unless otherwise specifically stated, the COVID-19 Workbench contains anonymized data (the Workbench Data), which have been provided by third parties (the Data Contributors) for the Purpose.

Authorized users

You may only access the COVID-19 Workbench if you have been authorized to do so by ICODA. To become an authorized user you must (a) be approved by ICODA to access the COVID-19 Workbench for the Purpose, (b) register to access the COVID-19 Workbench, and (c) accept these Terms of Use. If you are not such an authorized user you are not entitled to access the COVID-19 Workbench. Please contact ICODA to find out more about becoming an authorized user: international.alliance@hdruk.ac.uk.

General terms

By accessing the COVID-19 Workbench you agree to:

  1. Not copy, download or transfer any Workbench Data (other than data uploaded by you) to an external location, other than via outputs approved by ICODA.

  2. Not attempt to identify individuals from the Workbench Data.

  3. Ensure that all statistical results and outputs are fully anonymized, do not breach any individual's privacy, and comply with any applicable data use agreements you may have executed relating to the COVID-19 Workbench.

  4. Communicate any results of research in an open access publication, including such attribution, acknowledgement or accreditation to the researcher, project, ICODA, COVID-19 Workbench, and Data Contributors and participants as ICODA may determine, and in accordance with the ICODA Publication and Attribution policies.

  5. Comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and rules in using the COVID-19 Workbench and Workbench Data.

  6. Comply with your organization's applicable policies and processes, including but not limited to any policies or processes relating to security, confidentiality, data protection, and ethical reviews.

  7. Comply with all ICODA principles.

Personal data

Before you are provided access to Workbench Data containing personal data, you will be required to execute a data use agreement regarding such access. Upon execution, such data use agreement will be incorporated here by this reference. In the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and that data use agreement, the terms of the data use agreement will prevail.

Data uploaded by you

If you upload data to the COVID-19 Workbench for your own use, you represent and warrant that: (a) such data does not contain personal data; (b) you have all rights, title, and interest in and to such data required to upload and use such data on the COVID-19 Workbench; (c) to the best of your knowledge such data does not and will not infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party rights; and (d) you have all full and proper consents, permissions, approvals, authorizations, and legal bases necessary to permit the disclosure, transfer (including cross-border transfer), storage, maintenance, and use of such data on the COVID-19 Workbench.

Supplemental terms – Driver Project 1

Workbench Data used for Driver Project 1 will be limited to anonymized summary-level safety and efficacy endpoints in defined subgroups (the Driver Project 1 Data). To become an authorized user of Driver Project 1 Data, you must be working in the field of scientific inquiry applicable to vaccines or therapies for COVID-19, SARS-COV-2, or other pathogens and conditions related to COVID-19 and SARS-COV-2. If you are authorized to access Driver Project 1 Data, by accessing such data you agree to:

  1. Access and use the Driver Project 1 Data only for non-commercial secondary research, information sharing, and publication uses relating to the Purpose and only so long as you remain an authorized user. For clarity, you may not, directly or indirectly through a third-party service provider, use the Driver Project 1 Data to conduct any clinical trials or other commercial activities under these Terms of Use or sublicense the Driver Project 1 Data (or improvements thereto) to a third party for the conduct of any clinical trials or other commercial activities.
  2. If you develop patentable intellectual property that predominantly stems from the use or analysis of the Driver Project 1 Data, you hereby grant a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, fully paid up, royalty free, unrestricted and sub-licensable license for all purposes to the Data Contributors to such intellectual property.

Service integrity

By accessing the COVID-19 Workbench you agree to:

  1. The Aridhia DRE privacy policy.

  2. Not attempt to bypass or override the built-in Covid-19 Workbench security controls including, but not limited to:

    • Inbound connectivity controls and restrictions
    • Outbound connectivity controls and restrictions
    • Workspace segregation and permissions
    • Virus scanning
    • Supported data ingestion methods
    • Supported data extract mechanisms including Airlock approved exports and transfers between Workspaces.
  3. Keep your allocated username and password secure, not disclose them to anyone else, and not allow anyone else to use them.

  4. Log out or lock your screen if you leave your workstation unattended for any length of time.

  5. Ensure that your use of the Covid-19 Workbench does not breach the COVID-19 fair usage policy.

Updates to these Terms of Use

Aridhia reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time by posting changes on-line. Your continued use of the COVID-19 Workbench after changes are posted constitutes acceptance of these Terms of Use as modified by the posted changes.


Aridhia may terminate your right to access the COVID-19 Workbench or any Workbench Data at any time for any reason, including in the event of a breach by you of any of these Terms of Use. Upon the termination of your access or upon Aridhia's request, you will promptly return or destroy any Workbench Data in your possession.


You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Aridhia, Foundation, ICODA members, and Data Contributors, and their respective officers, employees, agents, successors, heirs and assigns (the Indemnitees), against any liability, damage, loss or expense (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses of litigation) incurred by or imposed upon the Indemnitees, or any one of them, in connection with any third party claims, suits, actions, demands or judgments to the extent arising out of (a) your use of the Workbench Data in breach of these Terms of Use or the activities conducted pursuant hereto, or (b) your negligence or willful misconduct. Your indemnification obligations will not apply to any liability, damage, loss, or expense to the extent that is attributable to the fraud, negligence, or willful misconduct of the Indemnitees.

Representations; Disclaimer of Warranties



ICODA may publicly disclose your name, project title and a list of datasets accessed by you.

You may not use the names (except as otherwise provided in these Terms of Use), logos, or trademarks of Aridhia, the Foundation, ICODA, ICODA members, or the Data Contributors in any public disclosures without the prior written consent of such other parties unless otherwise required by law or government authority or regulatory body.

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