Privacy Policy

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This Privacy Policy is applicable to all contributors of content to, and all users of any instance (development, test and production) of the platform DataHub.

This Privacy Policy is subject to change. We reserve the right to apply changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. Registered users will be notified if and when this Privacy Policy is updated.

The user (also referred to as “you”) is any individual, single physical person that uses or accesses the DataHub platform directly or by using application programming interface ("API").
The DataHub platform is run by ELIXIR Belgium, referred to as the “providers”, “us”, “our” and “we”.


See the website from the EU for more information about what the GDPR is, and how it may affect you.


ELIXIR Belgium has issued the following privacy statement to demonstrate our firm commitment to secure and trustworthy Internet communication and the individual’s right to privacy.


By using the DataHub platform, you agree to the collection and use of the information as described below. If ELIXIR Belgium and DataHub decide to make changes to this Privacy Policy, we will post the changes on this page so that you will always know what information DataHub collects, and how DataHub uses it.

Use and Purpose of Collected Personal Data

On DataHub, we store personal information relating to registered users in order to enable our service, to tailor and optimize our service offering to you. Our employees strictly observe your privacy and confidentiality rights.


1. What Information DataHub Collects and Why

IP Addresses
We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems, to administer our website, and to gather demographic information. When you visit our site, we recognize only your domain name and not your email address. We will have access to your email address only if you provide it to us by registering as a user in DataHub, or by filling out a form containing your email address, or by sending us an email message. Providing us with an email address through any of the means described above is considered to be a voluntary sharing of personal information.

We use cookies to deliver personalized content, to save you having to re-enter your password repeatedly, and to tailor our information offerings to how you and others use the site. For more detailed information about cookies in DataHub, see the “Cookie preferences” session at the bottom of each DataHub instance.

User Registration
When you register with the DataHub we ask for a username, password and email address.
1. Your username is used for authentication and attribution. This information is publicly visible, e.g. when a user views a resource you have created.
2. Your password is stored as a cryptographically-secure hash and is not publicly visible. The hash is hidden as well. We cannot recover your password.
3. Your email address is used to confirm your identity and for use when requesting your password to be reset. The email address is visible to users within your Project and Programme. You also receive site announcements and Project subscription emails. We might occasionally contact you via email in order to support you in using our service as well as to improve our service.

In order to fully use the DataHub service, user registration is required and you are assigned to be a member of a Project. As DataHub is about finding, sharing and exchanging content among scientists, we use the registration information to identify who uploads the content and who you share the content with.

Additional Personal Information
You may additionally provide a profile containing your name, ORCID, phone number, a public email address, skype name, website link and avatar. This information is publicly available to all users. Provide this information only for the purpose of sharing it with others.

Creation of DataHub Resources
The visibility of the details of any content and any digital assets that you store on DataHub is controlled by you, through the sharing permission that you set for each asset. The sharing permission settings for each asset will determine who can see your content and assets.

Server Logs
When you browse DataHub, the server automatically records information in so-called server log files. This information includes:
- which pages you access
- when you accessed them
- your IP address

These logs are used to fix errors and are not shared with any third parties. This data is not combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check this data subsequently if we become aware of concrete indications of an illegal use.

DataHub uses local analytics tools to track how users are discovering DataHub and interacting with the service. The information gathered includes which pages you visited, which search terms lead you to DataHub and information about your web browser. No personally identifiable information is kept.

Information Retention
Your information will be retained by DataHub until you choose to remove it, you delete your account, or the DataHub service ceases to exist.
If you want your personal account data to be removed, please contact .

2. Links to Other Sites

This site may contain links to other sites. DataHub is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other websites.

3. Choice/Opt-out

You can opt out of receiving site announcement and project subscription emails whenever you like, by unsubscribing from these services. You can send an email to to request the removal of your personal data.

4. Pictures

The pictures used on DataHub are from The University of Manchester, HITS gGmbH, ELIXIR Belgium and the users using DataHub service. Other sources (if any) are named within the site.

5. Inquiries

If you have any questions about this privacy statement – feel free to contact:
ELIXIR Belgium, VIB Technologies, Technologiepark 75, 9052 Ghent - Belgium

Privacy Policy Version: March 4th, 2024

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