TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Oman Research and Education Network, which is commonly known as "OMREN" is based upon projects involving scientific and academic cooperation among Universities, Schools, and Research Institutions in Oman. OMREN service is therefore principally intended for communities which are supervised by the Research Council, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Education. There shall also be the possibility of extending the aforementioned service to other contexts, such as institutions which are supervised by other Ministries which may have adopted a specific Contract with the Consortium OMREN, or institutions where research activity is being pursued in Oman, specifically but not solely in the instance of "non-profit" institutions which are participating in cooperation with OMREN. Use of the Network shall depend, in all instances, upon compliance with Acceptable Use Policies (AUP's) by all OMREN users.
  • "OMREN Network Service", which is briefly defined hereinafter as the "OMREN", consists of the entirety of data transmission services, network management services, application services, and of all the interoperability tools (which are to be provided directly by OMREN or on its behalf) allowing authorized subjects to communicate with one another. Data transmission and services allowing interconnections between the national OMREN Network and other networks are integral part of the OMREN Network.
  • The following activities are not permitted within the OMREN Network:
    • Providing unauthorized parties with access to the OMREN Network, network connectivity services, or other services which may involve it, such as providing housing and hosting services and similar services, as well as allowing routing of data and/or information on the OMREN Network between two parties for whom access to the OMREN Network shall not be allowed (Third party routing)
    • Using network services or resources, connecting hardware or services or software to the network, disseminating viruses, hoaxes, or other programs in such a manner that the activities of other persons, users, or services which are available within the OMREN Network or other networks which are connected to it, may be harmed, hindered, or disrupted;
    • Creating or transmitting (unless these activities may occur for research purposes or in a specifically regulated and lawful mode in all instances) any images, data, or other material, which may be offensive, libelous, obscene, or indecent, or which may offend human dignity, specially if said items pertain to gender, race, or religious beliefs;
    • transmitting unrequested commercial and/or advertising material ("spamming"), as well as allowing use of one's own resources by third parties for activities of this kind
    • Damaging, destroying, or seeking unauthorized access to data, or violating other users' confidentiality, including interception or dissemination of passwords, confidential cryptographic codes, and any other personal data, as it is defined by legislation pertaining to privacy protection;
    • Engaging in any other activities on the OMREN Network which may be prohibited by the domestic legislation, by international standards, or by rules and customs ("netiquette") pertaining the use of networks and the access to network services
  • Responsibility for the content of materials being produced and disseminated using the network is attributable to the persons producing and disseminating said materials. In situations involving persons who have not attained adulthood, responsibility may also involve persons whom the law defines as guardians in relation to minors' activities.
  • Participants who are allowed access to OMREN Network, may use the Network for all of their own institutional activities. Institutional activities are to be understood as any activity pertaining to completion of functions defined by the statute of an authorized participant, including activities within the context of contracts or agreements which have been approved by the respective probated institutions, provided that use shall occur for institutional purposes. Institutional activities shall specifically include participants' research and educational activities, administrative functions and functions involving participants for whom access is allowed, along with research activities on behalf of third parties, with exclusion of any situations which are explicitly not allowed by this document.
    • Other participants who are approved for temporary network access may only engage in the entire series of activities indicated within the authorization itself
    • Final decisions concerning permissibility of a given activity within the OMREN Network shall continue to be a prerogative of the OMREN management.
  • All users to whom access to the OMREN Network shall be provided must be recognized and identifiable. Hence, all necessary measures for preventing access by unidentified users must be adopted. Normally, users must be employees of participants who may be authorized, even on a temporary basis, to access the OMREN Network. As far as subjects who are authorized for access to the OMREN Network are concerned, users may also be individuals who shall have received temporary permission from the aforementioned participants as a result of employment relationships for institutional purposes. Students who are regularly enrolled in courses at an authorized entity with access to the OMREN Network shall be permissible users.
  • Entities which are authorized to obtain access to the OMREN Network, even on a temporary basis, shall be responsible to the OMREN Network for adopting all reasonable measures for ensuring consistency between their own rules and those which have been presented herein, as well as for ensuring that forms of use which are not allowed by the OMREN Network shall not occur. Each entity with access to the OMREN Network must also provide its own users with knowledge (by methods which may be deemed appropriate) of the rules contained within this document.
  • Entities which are authorized to obtain access to the OMREN Network, even on a temporary basis, explicitly agree that their identifying information (name of institution, company name, or equivalent information) shall be emailed to OMREN.
  • In the event of demonstrated noncompliance with these rules for the use of the Network, OMREN management shall adopt appropriate measures which may be necessary for restoring the proper functionality of the network, including temporary or definitive suspension of access to the OMREN Network per se.
  • Access to the OMREN Network shall depend upon complete acceptance of rules contained within this document