Open Context publishes open research data for different public communities to access and use. We require civil and respectful use of Open Context and the content it publishes according to the terms and conditions of service specified below.
In addition, Open Context data collection policies try to reduce user privacy risks. As discussed below, we use Matomo to collect and retain only information of low-risk to the confidentiality and identity of specific users.
Open Context publishes open access, open licensed research data on the Web. It is free of charge for users. Most of these data document archaeological research from projects and collections across the world. To use Open Context and the content it publishes, you must agree to the following Terms and Conditions of Service:
We have set Open Context access and data collection policies to reduce privacy risks for users. Open Context is primarily deployed at an encrypted site https://opencontext.org, and mirrored by the German Archaeological Institute at https://opencontext.dainst.org which also uses encryption.
Open Context uses websites hosted by other institutions to archive, store, and serve data (especially images). When you use Open Context, you will often make requests to these other institutions to obtain data originally published by Open Context but now stored and archived at other websites. The websites of these other institutions will have their own privacy policies and terms of service. For this reason, Open Context only works with not-for-profit institutional repositories with broadly compatible privacy policies and terms of service. Currently, Open Context stores data in the following services managed by other institutions: Merritt Repository (California Digital Library); Internet Archive; Zenodo Repository (CERN Laboratory); mirror hosting with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).
Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer when you visit most websites. Cookies enable some information states to be temporarily recorded when you visit Open Context. For example, Open Context uses a cookie to record that a given user has given "opt-in" consent to view images of human remains. Cookies can only be saved if you have allowed this in the settings of your browser.
Websites managed by other organizations storing data used by Open Context will also typically issue cookies to your computer. Unless you block cookies with appropriate browser settings, using Open Context may mean your computer will store cookies from: Merritt Repository (California Digital Library), Internet Archive, Zenodo Repository (CERN Laboratory).
Open Context collects very little data about individual users. Open Context only keeps minimal user data for contributing authors on a temporary basis while a dataset is in development for publication. Following publication, Open Context editors delete accounts of contributing data authors. All other uses of Open Context are anonymous and involve no user accounts.
Open Context works towards "best practices" in protecting user privacy by limiting data collection on individual users. User privacy policies are:
Matomo (formerly "Piwik") User-Tracking and Privacy Protections: Open Context collects use statistics using an instance of Matomo, an open-source Web analytics application. We use Matomo to limit the amount of user data collected by third-parties, as would be the case with Google Analytics (see more). We also use the recommended privacy default settings for Matomo to limit the specificity of data collected about users. Limiting the specificity of data collection reduces confidentiality risks to individuals in the event of an accidental or malicious breach of user data. These protections also facilitate compliance with European Union data privacy protections (especially GDPR).
The user data we collect and record include:
We do not collect or retain:
Uses of Web Analytics Data: Our goal is to limit risks associated with data collection and will only collect and retain the low-sensitivity data described above. These data will be used to help guide improvements to Open Context, and may be made available, on a limited basis, to qualified researchers conducting not-for-profit Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved studies.
Opting Out of Tracking: Open Context respects Do Not Track Directives. If you do not want to be tracked in the manner described above, please select an applicable "Do Not Track" option on your Web browser.
Alternatively, you can stop Open Context tracking by unchecking the "opt-in" option below:
If you have any questions about Open Context privacy policies, user data, GDPR related queries, or other terms of service policies, please contact Open Context's Editor.