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Legal Notice

These pages are being maintained by the DBpedia Association.

DBpedia Association
Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V.
Hainstraße 11
04109 Leipzig

The DBpedia Association is currently situated in Leipzig, Germany and affiliated with the non-profit organisation Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V. Further information, especially concerning supervisory authority, are available on InfAI’s website at http://infai.org/en/Imprint.  

Statement of Data Protection Conditions for the Internet

Every effort is taken to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate at the time of creation and/or modification of the website. We cannot, however, guarantee that the content provided will always be current, accurate or complete. The use of contents from this website is at your own risk. We reserve the right to remove, vary or amend any of the content which appears on the website at any time and without prior notice. Contributions identified by name reflect the opinions of the authors and not necessarily the opinion of the DBpedia Association. The mere use of the website does not create any contractual relationship between the user and the DBpedia Association. Further, we do not in any way guarantee that the website will be available, uninterrupted or error free.

According to §§8 to 10 of the TMG (German Tele-Media Act), we are not obligated to monitor third-party information provided or stored on our website. However, we shall promptly remove any content upon becoming aware that it violates the law. Our liability in such an instance shall commence at the time we become aware of the respective violation.

When we process the personal data that is collected during your visits to our website, we always observe the rules laid down in the applicable data protection laws. Your data will not be disclosed publicly by us, nor transferred to any third parties without your consent.

Following, we explain what types of data we record during your visit on our website, and how they are used:

1. Recording and processing of data in connection with access over the Internet

When you visit our website, our web server makes a temporary record of each access and stores it in a log file. The following data are recorded, and stored until an automatic deletion date:

  • IP address of the requesting processor

  • Date and time of access

  • Name and URL of the downloaded file

  • Volume of data transmitted

  • Indication whether download was successful

  • Data identifying the browser software and operating system

  • Website from which our site was accessed

  • Name of your Internet service provider

The purpose of recording these data is to allow the use of the website (connection setup), for system security, for technical administration of the network infrastructure and in order to optimize our Internet service. The IP address is only evaluated in the event of fraudulent access to the network infrastructure of the DBpedia Association. 

Apart from the special cases cited above, we do not process personal data without first obtaining your explicit consent to do so.

2. Orders

If you order information material or other goods via our website, your provided data is solely used for the purpose of processing your order.

3. Use and transfer of personal data

Use of your personal data is restricted to the purposes stated above. Data is used and transferred to the extent necessary for these purposes. Your data is not disclosed to third parties.

Personal data will not be transferred to government bodies or public authorities, excluding compliance with mandatory national legislation and except for the necessity to take legal action in cases of fraudulent access to our network infrastructure. Personal data will not be transferred for any other purpose.

4. Consent to use data in other contexts

The use of certain services on our website, such as newsletters and mailing lists, may require prior registration involving a more substantial processing of personal data, such as long-term storage of e-mail addresses and passwords. These data are only used if they were sent in person, and you have expressed your consent for their use. For example, we request your consent separately in the following cases:

4.1 Newsletters

In order to register for a newsletter service provided by the DBpedia Association, we require your e-mail address to forward the newsletter. Further personal data (full name, interest in Dbpedia) is required to collect the various interests of the DBpedia Community as well as to get a general overview of the Community’s concerns. This will provide the basis to establish an adequate support system for the DBpedia Community. Other information you supply is on a voluntary basis. These personal data shall not be disclosed to third parties. 

As a general rule, we employ the double opt-in method for registration. In other words, after you have registered for the service with your e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail in return, containing a confirmation link to complete your registration. Please note, your registration and confirmation will be recorded. The newsletter shall be forwarded only after the registration process has been completed. This procedure ensures that only personal registration with a specified email address with our newsletter service is valid. You need to confirm your registration soon after receiving the confirmation e-mail, otherwise the registration process cannot be finalized and your e-mail address will be erased from our database. Until the registration process is completed, our newsletter service will refuse to accept any other registration requests using this e-mail address.

Subscriptions to our newsletters can be canceled any time, send us an e-mail or follow the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

4.2 Mailing lists

If you wish to subscribe to one of our mailing lists, we need your e-mail address and a password of your choice. For your own protection, the registration procedure for this type of service, like that for the newsletters, involves confirming your request using the confirmation link we provide you.

You can cancel your registration for this type of service at any time, by entering your e-mail address into the ‘unsubscribe’ field on the certain web page offering the service.

5. Google Analytics & Cookies

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses text files placed on your computer, so called “cookies”, to help analyzing the website’s traffic and traffic sources. The information generated (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to analyze and evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do so, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

6. Social plugins

We also use social plugins in some cases on our web pages, e.g. from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+ social networks. These are often technically operated in the USA or in other countries outside Germany and the EU and some are offered via national companies in the EU (see the websites www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com for the providers). The plugins are identified with the companies’ logo, comment fields or what are known as a “Like” or “+1” buttons. If you open a page of our website in your browser containing such a plugin, your browser will create a direct connection to the servers of the respective provider in the country concerned.

By incorporating the plugins, the provider is given the minimum information that you have visited a certain page on our website and perhaps information that your web browser or the device you use discloses. The content of the plugin is loaded by your web browser directly from the provider and incorporated into our website. If you are registered and have logged in with the provider concerned, your visit can also be assigned to your user account.

If you interact with a plugin, e.g. if you click on the “Like” button or enter a comment in a form field, your browser will also transmit this information directly to the provider where it will be saved and, if applicable, continued to be used and published.

Above all, marketing measures of the provider are the reason for collection and use of data as described and furthermore determine their extent. You can find details on this matter, on your rights and on ways how to prevent the collection and the use of your data to protect your privacy in the data privacy policy of the respective provider.

If you do not wish a provider to collect data on you through our website, please need deactivate the plugins in your browser. If you wish to avoid a link to any existing user account, you must log out before your visit to our website. By visiting our website, you declare your consent to the above provisions.

7. Security

The DBpedia Association implements technical and organizational security measures to safeguard stored personal data against inadvertent or deliberate manipulation, loss or destruction and against access by unauthorized persons. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological progress.

However, please be aware that there are inherent security risks in transmitting data over the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail), since 100% protection against unauthorized access by third parties cannot be guaranteed.

8. Links to Websites operated by other providers

Our web pages contain links to other providers’ web pages. We would like to point out that this statement of data protection conditions applies exclusively to the web pages managed by the DBpedia Association. We have no way of influencing the practices of other providers with respect to data protection, nor do we carry out any checks of external links to ensure that they conform with the relevant legislation, unless there is an evidence of legal violations. Should any violations become known, the respective external links will be deleted immediately.

9. Copyrights

The information published on this site (including, but not limited to, texts and graphics) is subject to the copyright laws of Germany. Any use not permitted by German copyright requires the prior written consent of the DBpedia Association or the respective rights owners. This applies especially to duplication, adaptation, translation, storage, processing and reproduction of contents in databases or other electronic media and systems. Contents and rights of third parties are marked as such. The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of contents or entire sites is not allowed and liable to prosecution. Only the production of copies and downloads for personal, private and non-commercial use is allowed.

The presentation of this website in external frames is not allowed without the prior permission in writing of the DBpedia Association.

10. Right to information and contact data

You have a legal right to inspect any stored data concerning your person, and the right to demand their correction or deletion, and to withdraw your consent for their further use. In some cases, if you are a registered user of certain services provided by the DBpedia Association, we offer you the possibility of inspecting these data online, and even of deleting or modifying the data yourself, via a user account.

If you wish to obtain information on your personal data, or want us to correct or erase such data, or if you have any other questions concerning the use of personal data held by us, please contact:


11. Acceptance, validity and modification of data protection conditions

By using our website, you agree to accept the use of your personal data as specified above. This present statement of data protection conditions came into effect on April 4th, 2017. As our website evolves, and new technologies come into use, the necessity may arise to amend the statement of data protection conditions. The DBpedia Association reserves the right to modify its data protection conditions at any time, with effect as of a future date. We recommend that you re-read the latest version from time to time.

Using the contact details of the imprint for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited, unless we have given our written consent or unless there is already a business relationship. The DBpedia Association and all persons named on this website hereby object to any commercial use and disclosure of their data.

12. Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions will be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany.

13. Contact

DBpedia Association
Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V.
Hainstraße 11
04109 Leipzig