QDR cares about your privacy. This privacy policy explains what information we collect through your interactions with QDR and how we treat that information. By interacting with QDR, you acknowledge and accept the privacy practices described below. The QDR web site contains links to other web sites and uses third-party applications and/or software. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties, and suggest that you familiarize yourself with their practices before clicking on links or using applications or software.

Certain information about you (see below) is automatically collected and stored when you visit our website. We collect no other information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Information Collected from Users

To access some of its services, QDR requests that you provide personal information. For example, when you register with QDR, we collect your name, email address, institution, position, the world region in which you are located and (optionally) how you found QDR and why you have decided to create an account.

Information Collected Automatically

When you access the QDR web site, our web server software generates logfiles of the IP address of your computer. These web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems.

When you download a file from QDR, our software associates the file download and accompanying information such as the time of the download with your user account (or the session ID data for guest users).

We also use Google Analytics to collect data on how QDR is used so that we can improve its functionality. Please see the Google Analytics ;em>Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for information on how Google handles these data.

Use of Information Collected from Users

The information specified in the previous section is accessible to QDR staff who are authorized to use it for the purposes specified below.

We use your IP address and files you access to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer and enhance our web site. For instance, we can identify (1) which parts of our site are most heavily used, and (2) the geographic areas from which users access the site. We also use this information to tailor site content to user needs and to generate aggregate statistical reports. Unless required by law, we do not disclose site usage by individual users.

QDR uses the contact information that you provide when you register with QDR to email you regarding important updates on changes in terms or technology used by QDR. These communications occur at irregular intervals and QDR aims to minimize them. You will receive them as long as you have an account with QDR.

Two or three times a year, we will use the same contact information to email you about new developments on the site. We will also occasionally request your participation in surveys we conduct of our users. You can opt out of those communications.

We do not share any personally identifiable information we gather or develop about our users to any third parties for any purpose unless required by law. Any reports we may share externally would use unidentifiable, aggregated data.


We use cookies to maintain a user’s identity between web sessions.

A cookie is a small file that a server sends to a user's web browser. The browser may store it and send it back when the user makes the next request to the same server. Typically, it is used to tell if two requests came from the same browser — keeping a user logged-in, for example.


QDR has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

QDR may revise this privacy policy at its sole discretion. Please check this page regularly for our current practices. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:

General Data Protection Regulation

If you are a resident of or are located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), you may have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Under GDPR, personal data you provide is only collected with your consent, and may be transmitted outside of the EEA to QDR (or computer servers maintained for the benefit of QDR) pursuant to that consent.

In general, under the GDPR you may:

  • request access to your personal data
  • have incomplete or incorrect data corrected
  • have your personal data deleted
  • suspend or restrict our use of your personal data, or withdraw your consent
  • request a copy of your personal data
  • complain to a supervisory authority if you believe your rights under the GDPR are not being respected


Should you request, QDR will provide you with a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee. Should you request the deletion of your personal data, QDR will generally do so as soon as practicable, although your right to have your personal data deleted is subject to exceptions, such as, for example, compliance with a legal obligation or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.

If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data-protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.

Contact QDR at if you have concerns regarding your personal data, or wish to exercise any of these listed rights.

Note that, if you are in the EEA, we may transfer your personal data outside of the EEA, including to the United States. By way of example, this may happen if your personal data is transferred to our servers located in a country outside of the EEA. These countries may not have similar data-protection laws to the EEA. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing, or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this policy.

This policy was last modified: 2019-12-05

QDR’s privacy policy is based on the policy of the Harvard Dataverse. Cookie explanation by MDN Contributors from MDN web docs used under CC-BY-SA. GDPR language from Center for Open Science under Apache 2.0 license.