EpiShares Terms of Use

EpiShares is developed and owned by Global Health Development and the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (GHD/EMPHNET) and is administered by GHD/EMPHNET through its office in Amman, Jordan. While administering EpiShares, GHD/ EMPHNET processes information about the platform’s users, including personal data, and in accordance with the EpiShares Privacy Policy.

These Terms of Use (“Terms of Use”) are effective as of March 27, 2018 and have been modified on December 11, 2019. By accessing or using the EpiShares platform, or by logging into the site with your allocated User ID, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.

Therefore, we ask you to kindly review these Terms of Use carefully prior to using EpiShares.

These Terms of Use govern your use of each component of the EpiShares platform.

Copyright; Rules for Submission of Content.

The Service and any data, text, files, information, usernames, images, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, sounds, works of authorship, applications, links, and the users’ personal data including  name, date of birth, location, filed of study, and  professional resume or materials related to the platform itself are protected by copyright, trademark and other laws. As between you and GHD/EMPHNET, GHD/EMPHNET owns the intellectual property rights in the Service and the Service Content . This content is collected for the use of GHD/EMPHNET for purposes of  content development, consultations, and for creating a roster of experts of public health professionals from the region, and for networking purposes. The  content is not shared with any third party        . The content is collected based on the data filled by platform users in their profiles, and based on the content they share on the platform. GHD/EMPHNET does not seek content from users from any source.

 

You may use the Service and the Service Content only in the manner and for the purposes specified in these Terms of Use. Except as specifically permitted by these Terms of Use, you may not modify, transmit, produce, distribute, display, sell, license, broadcast, or otherwise make available in any form or by any means any part of the EpiShares platform sections or platform content without the expressed written permission of GHD/EMPHNET.


You retain ownership of all of your intellectual property rights in any content created, posted, or shared by you, on or through the platform and any personal data. GHD/EMPHNET does not claim ownership to user-generated content.


You guarantee that:

(i) you own your user generated content;

(ii) Your content posted on or through EpiShares will not violate, or infringe on the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark and/or other intellectual property rights;

(iv) You have the legal right and capacity to enter into these Terms of Use in your jurisdiction.

EpiShares Rules of Conduct

You affirm that you are at least 18 years of age, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully competent, to use the platform and to enter into and comply with these Terms of Use.


You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, disturbing, pornographic, or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the plantroom.


You may not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities and you must not post private or confidential information via the platform, including, without limitation, your or any other person's credit card information, or alternate national identity numbers, non-public phone numbers or non-public email addresses.


You may not use the platform for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You agree to comply with all laws, rules and regulations (for example, local or regional).


You must not interfere with or disrupt the platform or servers or networks connected to it by transmitting any worms, viruses, spyware, malware or any other code of a destructive or disruptive nature.
You must not create accounts with the platform through unauthorized means, including but not limited to, using an automated device, script, bot, spider, crawler or scraper.


You must not attempt to restrict another user from using or enjoying the platform and you must not encourage or facilitate violations of these Terms of Use.


You may only make non-commercial uses of the platform. Content for any commercial, public or political purpose is strictly prohibited. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to:

(1) activities that are illegal or fraudulent;

(2) use that inaccurately implies endorsement, approval, or sponsorship by GHD/EMPHNET (or any individual or employee of GHD/EMPHNET);

(3) use that can be confused with official communications of GHD/EMPHNET or its employees; and

(4) print or electronic mass mailings (sometimes known as "spamming"), solicitations for commercial services.


Certain areas of the Service provide tools for the exchange of ideas and information between users, including the form of direct messaging. GHD/EMPHNET is not responsible or liable for any content, including User Content, that is posted or distributed pursuant to such user to user exchanges. The views and opinions expressed by users are theirs alone, and are not endorsed by, and should not be ascribed to GHD/EMPHNET. You are solely responsible for all User Content you post, and you assume all risks relating to its use by others and others’ reliance on its accuracy.


You acknowledge and agree that GHD/EMPHNET reserves the right, without the obligation, to edit the platform and to edit, remove, delete or refuse any User Content for any reason without notice to users. If User Content violates the above standards or any other provision of these Terms of Use, GHD/EMPHNET reserves the right to terminate the user’s account and right to use the platform, in addition to any other rights or remedies available.



Privacy; Confidentiality.

GHD/EMPHNET agrees to use your content according to the terms and conditions of the privacy policy of the platform, together with any Service-specific data use policies, privacy statements and privacy notices (collectively, “Privacy Policies”).


GHD/EMPHNET will treat your User Content as confidential information and only use and disclose it in accordance with these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policies.

Limitation of Liability; Indemnification.

Users’ content is published as is. GHD/EMPHNET does not approve, edit or endorse content provided by users and is not accountable for any damage caused for the user in light of content published.

User Accounts; Account Termination Policy.

You agree to provide accurate and complete information when creating or updating your account. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your user account, and you must keep your account password secure. You agree to notify us immediately at: info@epishares.net of any unauthorized use of your account or other breach of security. You may not use another’s account without permission. GHD/EMPHNET may terminate your account if you violate any provision of these Terms of Use or fail to comply with requests concerning your account. User accounts may not be shared, transferred, or sold to other parties, nor are they to be used by or made available to any person or entity except the registered user.


The rights granted to you hereunder will terminate automatically upon any breach by you of these Terms of Use.

Miscellaneous

Links to Other Services. GHD/EMPHNET may share links to websites operated by third parties on the EpiShares platform, however these are only provided for the users’ convenience and thus it does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or the use of third-party websites. If you use third-party sites, you do so solely at your own risk. Such links do not represent partnership with GHD/EMPHNET or affiliation.


Linking to EpiShares. You may link to the site, provided that you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage GHD/EMPHNET’s reputation or take advantage of it.


Governing Law. These Terms of Use, and any claim or dispute that arises from or relates to your use of the Service, will be governed by the laws of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,


Change of Terms of Use. Please note that these Terms of Use are subject to change without notice from time to time. Any changes will be posted to this page. Your use of this platform after any changes have been made will constitute your agreement to the modified Terms of Use

What You Can Find on EpiShares

 

A Network

 

When you sign up to EpiShares, you will have access to the social network where you are given a distinctive space to communicate. Within this space, you will have access to features similar to those found in other social networks. These features will enable you to: see the newsfeed, post, share, message, and comment and like posts. The network will serve as a place where all platform users can come together easily. You can connect to each other, communicate, and share information of common interest. You will also have your own profile, on which you will share information about yourself and your interests

 

A Directory

 

The directory allows users to be classified within different type of structures, filters, and communities, such as the FETP Directory. Within the FETP Directory, users can see all FETP users classified by region, country, cohort, year of graduation, and their FETP status (resident or graduate). The Directory will also have contact details for members saved in an up to date user profile. EpiShares also has an Experts Directory where you can filter experts according to the area of expertise, years of experience, region/country of work and other criteria. Directory components will be designed to accommodate other communities or user’s categories as needed.

Groups

 

This feature will serve as a space for discussion for users who have the same interests. Within this space, group members can discuss, debate and share information about issues that are of common interest. Users can open unlimited group discussions and decide on the permission type (public or private). Members can share, and post information and other members can interact. Groups are searchable, and any network member can join after a group admin approval if set as needed by the group admin.

 

Blogs

 

EpiShare members can establish blogs where they can publish their articles, work experiences and other relevant information. They can share their blog posts on the web and outside the platform. The blog can serve as your personal space. It can host his/her profile personal information, career path, and achievements. Of course, all online users can interact with blog posts and comment.

 

Events

 

This is a place where EpiShare members can see all upcoming events published by the moderators, members, and organizations. It can be used to keep all users connected to each other prior, during and after the event. EpiShares members can be notified via email about events (suggested events) they might be interested to join without searching and based on their preferences.

   

Jobs and Announcements

 

The jobs and announcement features will be providing real time information about jobs available for all members and matched with the member’s qualifications and interests. This will support both jobs seekers and employers by providing and place for public health organizations to announce for open vacancies. Jobs module can support and help all members (experts, FETPs, public health professionals, and volunteers) to find new vacancies.

Our Goal

Our goal is to create a community of practice for public health professionals where knowledge and experience are made available and shared to advance public health practice.


 

Mission

Our Mission is to allow public health professionals to engage in open discussions about the issues that matter thus contributing to resilient and robust health systems and organizations by utilizing EpiShares platform.