Scientific INformAtion for Policy Support in Europe

About Sinapse

SINAPSE aims to reproduce the way people traditionally exchange information. Most of the negative side effects of some internet-based tools, where the users are not fully aware of the identity of the people they are addressing, should be avoided.

Although it is an open network, SINAPSE intends to respect the level of confidentiality required and expected by its members. This implies that users are in most cases able to decide who has access to the information they publish (e.g. uploading advice in the library, sending out an early warning, or posting a contribution to a debate). This means they can determine whether their contribution should be accessible by everybody, or only by network members/organisations, a subgroup of them, or the Commission Services.

SINAPSE members, whether they are individuals or organisations, can use different filters to help them control incoming messages. They can determine, for example, how frequently they are notified of new items matching their profiles and from which types of organisations they wish to receive messages and invitations to e-debates.

To guarantee the sustainability and manageability of the system, the type of functions to which a member has access depends on his/her profile (e.g. an unregistered guest does not have access to the same functions as a registered research organisation).

Membership and the use of SINAPSE is free and on a voluntary basis, and the functionalities currently offered will be adapted according to the evolving needs of the SINAPSE members.

The publication of material on SINAPSE is subject to publication guidelines. The Commission can take no responsibility for the material published by members on the site or transmitted via the communication tools it offers. Unless stated explicitly otherwise, the material published by members in SINAPSE or transmitted via its communication tools have not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement/view of the Commission. The European Commission does not guarantee their accuracy, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Personal data provided by members will be processed according to the policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" which is based on Regulation (EC) Nr. 45/20011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000. For more information, please read Sinapse privacy statement

1 http://europa.eu/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2001/l_008/l_00820010112en00010022.pdf

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