Privacy Policy

Categories of Information

The OWCAP staff collects and maintains a master list of all OWCAP portal members. This list includes information about member names, emails, and optional information such as phone, address, and member preferences that each member selects such as whether or not they wish to receive our monthly e-newsletter. Additionally, CitSci.org collects data that are submitted by its members such as files and datasets that may contain any information related to the OWCAP research project broadly.

Use and Disclosure of Information

As a policy, the names, emails, and addresses of all portal members are not shared or made public for any reason, with the following exceptions: (1) dataset owners (contributors) are provided access to a list of portal participant names so that they may communicate with them on an as-needed basis about their datasets, (2) the master participant list may be shared with the OWCAP staff for internal programmatic research purposes, and (3) the names of individual contributors of datasets may be listed in an effort to applaud and recognize the hard work and dedication of those participating in OWCAP related research and who have taken time to document their datasets with metadata. This may include listing the name of the person who submitted a dataset and associated metadata and/or the sharing of data and/or pictures as per our data sharing agreement. Such sharing is solely for the purpose of management and operations of the OWCAP research team and data portal. Sharing of this information is only to support the mission of empowering the efforts of researchers. Other than the uses listed above, we do not share, sell, rent, or lease any of your specific personal information including name, phone, address, email, with anyone.

Collaboration and Data Sharing

As a policy, we share the names and emails of project managers only.

Additional Policies

We disclose your information to third parties only as reasonably required to protect the rights and safety of our members, our organization, our employees, and users as you expressly permit and as required by law. We may transfer your information in the event of a merger, consolidation or acquisition. However, in such event, any acquirer will be subject to the provisions of our commitments to you and this privacy policy.

Email Communication From OWCAP

We may send you periodic information via email which we feel may be of interest to you only if you opt-in for such email. We do not share your personal information with any third parties in connection with our email communications. Please note that we may use a third party service provider to administer email lists. Any such provider may not use your email information for any purpose other than in connection with providing and monitoring our email alerts to you.

Notification of changes

Any changes in our Privacy Policy will be posted to this website and will become effective as of the date of posting with respect to information we then collect in the future, but will not be changed with respect to information that we have then already collected. It is and will be your responsibility to review our Privacy Policy from time to time to make sure you are aware of any changes. We urge you to review this privacy policy on an ongoing basis to make sure you are aware of any and all changes which may have been made. However, we will do our best to notify you of such changes via our email communication channels.

Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding this privacy policy.