Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Media and Informal Science Learning web site. Please note that we collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us. All information submitted by visitors is voluntary.
If you are visiting the Media and Informal Science Learning home page to browse through our site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit; and
  5. If you linked to the National Science Foundation site from another web site, the address of that web site.
    We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record personal information about individuals and their visits.

If you request information or services from us and submit personal information to facilitate response to your request, we use the information provided to respond to your message. Pressing the "submit" button indicates your consent to use the information you provide for this purpose. We will not share the information you give us with another government agency unless your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise provided by law

Contributors to our wiki or case study discussions must be registered users of the site and fill out a simple form to set up their accounts. A registered account cannot be created without a valid e-mail address. If you post comments on a case study, your username will be visible to all other users, and clicking on your user name will reveal to others your real name, title, and institution or affiliation (other users will also have the option to email you privately from your profile, but only if you opted in to this when you registered your account). Every contribution to the wiki is internally tagged by real name, title, and institution, as well as email address - this is for internal use only (e.g. so that we can validate the legitimacy of changes to wiki articles and/or contact contributors for clarification or appropriate citations associated with their changes) and we do not identify specific wiki contributions to the public (although we cannot prevent third parties from creating and implementing software that so identifies change authors). In terms of all other uses of the site, we make no attempt to identify individual registered users or their selections, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide, nor do we collect information for commercial marketing.

Our site may use "session cookies" to facilitate your activity within a single session, but these cookies are not written as files to your computer's hard drive and do not persist after you close your browser. The site does not currently make use of "persistent cookies." If, in the future, we do start using a "persistent" cookie 
in order to customize your experience on the website, such a cookie will adhere to our longstanding policy - namely, the cookie will contain no personally identifiable information about you, will not be readable by servers other than, will be totally voluntary, and will be solely for your use.
For website security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, NSF sub-contractors employ software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to the information on our Web sites. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

If you have questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please contact Tom de Boor of Grunwald Associates, the sub-contractors with primary responsibility for this site, email:

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