Open Catalyst Project – Terms of Use

Welcome to the Open Catalyst Project! The Open Catalyst Project is a collaborative research effort between Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Department of Chemical Engineering. The aim is to use AI to model and discover new catalysts for use in renewable energy storage to help in addressing climate change. To enable the broader research community to participate in this important project, we release the Open Catalyst Dataset for training ML models (the “Dataset”).

These Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern the use of the Open Catalyst Project website (“Website”) and constitute an agreement between you and Facebook, Inc. and Facebook Companies (“Facebook,” “us,” “our”), so it is important that you review them carefully.

These Terms also include our Community Guidelines, which set out the permitted uses and prohibited uses of our Website. When using our Website, you must comply with these Community Standards.

Please also review our Privacy Policy, which tells you how we use information collected.

If you do not agree to these Terms, do not access or use the Website.

Your Commitments

We administer the Website and the Dataset, and in exchange for accessing the Website and the Dataset, we ask to confirm that:

  • you are at least eighteen (18) years old (or over the age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence); and
  • if you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms and the Dataset license on behalf of your employer or other entity, you represent and warrant to Facebook that you have full legal authority to bind your employer or such entity to these Terms and the Dataset licence.

The permissions you give us

You own the intellectual property rights (things like copyright or trademarks) in any such content that you create and share on the Website (“Contributions”). Nothing in these Terms takes away the rights you have to your own content. Without limiting any of the above, we have the right (though not the obligation) to, in our sole discretion:
i. refuse or remove any Contribution that, in our reasonable opinion, violates any our Community Guidelines or policies or is in any way harmful or objectionable; or
ii. terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in our sole discretion.

Please note that the above license only applies to Contributions on the Website. This license does not cover any development, improvement or modification to the Website itself.

Prohibited Conduct

You may not access or use, or attempt to access or use, the Website nor the Dataset to take any action that could harm us or any third party, interfere with the operation of the Website, or use the Website or the Dataset in a manner that violates any applicable laws or regulations.

For example, and without limitation, you may not:

  • do or share anything that breaches these Terms or other applicable terms;
  • upload viruses or malicious code or do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of the Website, the Dataset or generally our services or products;
  • access or collect data from the Website or the Dataset using automated means (without our prior permission) or attempt to access data you do not have permission to access;
  • submit content that infringes on the copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property rights of any third party, are false, misleading, libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, hateful, or sexually-explicit, violate a third party’s right to privacy or publicity, or degrade others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability, or other classification; and
  • engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any person from using or enjoying the Website or the Dataset, or that, in our sole judgment, exposes us or any of our users, affiliates, or any other third party to any liability, damages, or detriment of any type.

We can remove or restrict access to content that is in violation of these provisions. We may also report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our Website will cease immediately.

You acknowledge that much of the information and content available on the Website have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on the Website do not represent our views or values. Although we reserve the right to review or remove all content that appears on the Website, we do not necessarily review all of it. If we remove content that you have shared in violation of our Community Guidelines, we will let you know and explain any options you have to request another review, unless you seriously or repeatedly violate these Terms or if doing so may expose us or others to legal liability, harm our community of users, compromise or interfere with the integrity or operation of our Website, where we are restricted due to technical limitations, or where we are prohibited from doing so for legal reasons.

To help support our community, we encourage you to report to us content or conduct that you believe violates your rights (including intellectual property rights) or our Terms and policies.

Dataset License

All aspects of the Dataset are solely owned by or licensed to, Facebook. The Open Catalyst 2020 (OC20) dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Except as otherwise stated in the Dataset licence, you do not acquire any rights over such Dataset.

Links To Third-Party Content

The Website may contain links to third-party content. For example, our user communities may be hosted by third party platforms over which we have no control and for which we have no responsibility. Therefore please review each of these platforms or websites’ terms of use and privacy policies before participating.

Please also note that our Website does not allow users to upload or post any comment, code, review or opinion. If you do notice any intellectual property rights’ infringements, illegal or abusive behavior on any third party website that does allow user generated content, please report any such infringement(s) and/or behavior directly to the relevant website in accordance with its terms of use.

We do not control, endorse, sponsor, recommend, or otherwise accept responsibility for any content, terms of use, policies on or use of any third party website.

Rules about linking to our Website

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Our Website must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our Website other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.


The Website is protected under copyright law in the United States. All copyrights in the Website are owned by us or our third-party licensors. You may not publish, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, edit, adapt, modify, or otherwise exploit any part of the Website without our written consent. We respect intellectual property rights. If you believe in good faith that your work has been reproduced or is accessible on the Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our designated agent with the following information in writing:

  • identification of the copyrighted work or a representative list of copyrighted works claimed to have been infringed;
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  • a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
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You can reach our designated agent by contacting:

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Upon receipt of a valid notice of claimed infringement (or any statement in conformance with 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)), we will expeditiously remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing content. We will terminate the privileges of users who repeatedly infringe copyright.

Limitation of Liabilities

The Website and the Dataset are provided “as is” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, non-infringement, or other violation of rights. We do not warrant the adequacy, currency, accuracy, likely results, or completeness of the Website, the Dataset or any third-party sites linked to or from the Website, or that the functions provided will be uninterrupted, virus, or error-free. We expressly disclaim any liability for any errors or omissions in the content included on the Website, the Dataset or any third party sites linked to or from the Website. Some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.


You agree that your access to and use of the Website will be governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without regard to principles of conflicts of laws. For any claim, cause of action, or dispute you have against us that arises out of or relates to these Terms, you agree that it will be resolved exclusively in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California or a state court located in San Mateo County.

Other important terms

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Some parts of the Website may be governed by other terms provided by a third party. For instance, third party terms govern the use of any third party website used for a project repository. To the extent any other terms conflict with these Terms, such terms shall govern your use of the specific service, part of the project or third party website they apply to.

If any portion of these Terms is found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect. If we fail to enforce any of these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver. Any amendment to or waiver of these Terms must be made in writing and signed by us.

You will not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms to anyone else without our consent.

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of these Terms or your access to and use of the Website.

These Terms do not confer any third-party beneficiary rights. All of our rights and obligations under these Terms are freely assignable by us in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.

We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

Date of Last Revision: December 4, 2020


Thank you for taking part in the Open Catalyst Project! We welcome your participation and contributions to the project which make the Open Catalyst Project a success.

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Discussion Forum

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These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

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Now the nitty gritty…

Beyond the general guidelines above, we need to also tell you about the details of what is allowed or not in Contributions posted in the Forum or other parts of the Website (“Contribution Standards”) so we here we go!

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Breach of Community Guidelines

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