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Incorporating Rosetta Binary and Database to a Web Server Pipeline

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Incorporating Rosetta Binary and Database to a Web Server Pipeline

Our lab is planning to design a web server, and we would like to incorporate one of the binaries and the corresponding Rosetta database in our pipeline. 

We would like to incorporate Rosetta's supercharge binary ( along with the corresponding common database in our web server as a component of our web server pipeline.

We have been told to post here about this from CoMotion Licensing. We are planning to require a commercial license from Rosetta in addition to a separate licence from us for non-academic users, but the server itself is probably going to be open for academic users, much like ROSIE. 

How should we gain permission for this, and related information about this?

Thank you very much. 

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Fri, 2018-09-28 20:35

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this -- I needed to consult with some people to clarify the current state of things.


If your webserver is explicitly limited to academic use only (that is, if you are a group which can legally obtain Rosetta via the Academic License, you're providing it only for people who could also [theoretically] obtain Rosetta through an Academic License, and you're not attempting to charge for the server usage), there shouldn't be much of an issue with you using Rosetta as part of your webserver pipeline. However, you would need to sign agreements with UW CoMotion to make things official. To my understanding, this is an established process, with existing contracts. I'm not sure why CoMotion sent you here - perhaps the person you talked to was not aware of the existing process for this, or was confused on what you were looking for. I'd recommend talking directly to the Technology Manager for Rosetta: currently this is Dennis Hanson ( He should be able to help you with the necessary paperwork, and clarify the reponsibilities on your end (phrasing of the "for academic use only" notices, etc.).


If you're hoping for commercial use - either permitting commercial users to use the server, or charging users to use it - that becomes a bit more complicated. You would have to negotiate with CoMotion Technology Manager for Rosetta (again, currently Dennis Hanson; and the RosettaCommons Business Development Chair (currently Justin Siegel; to work out an agreement. Terms and limiations of such an arrangment are handled on a case-by-case basis.


Fri, 2018-11-09 12:22