Jorum Policy Changes: February 2011

Below is a summary of the changes to the Jorum Terms of Service, Collection Development Policy, Privacy Policy, and Notice and Takedown Policy.

References to JorumOpen and JorumUK

Prior to February 2011, Jorum consisted of two collections: the JorumOpen collection, containing materials licensed under Creative Commons licences, and the JorumUK collection, containing material licensed under the Jorum Institutional Licence. These two collections have now been combined onto a single platform, to make it easier to access all of the resources that Jorum hosts or points to. Consequently references to these two collections have been removed from our Terms and Conditions.

Trusted Depositors

Our Collection Development Policy used to refer to our "intention to allow deposit of resources by ‘trusted’ or ‘designated’ depositors who are not members of UK Further and Higher Education institutions". The policy has been updated to reflect the fact that trials of this process are now underway.

Jorum EducationUK Licence

Users of Jorum can now deposit materials under the Jorum EducationUK licence. This Licence allows users to access and use a resource in UK Education for any non-commercial purposes that are conducive to education, teaching, learning, private study and/or research. Our policies have been updated to include references to this licence and its availability.

"Discuss" and the Jorum Community Bay

As part of our ongoing work to provide Jorum users with a simple and compelling experience, we've renamed the "Community Bay" to "Discuss", and will be updating its contents in early 2011.

Your Personal Data

We've updated some of the clauses in the Jorum Privacy Policy to reflect the work we need to to with our user community to ensure that Jorum meets their needs, and to enable us to provide better information to you. The main additions to the policy are summarised below.

Collection and Usage of Data

We may also collect and process personal data from you:

  • when you provide us with your personal details when you fill in any forms on the Jorum site, when you report a problem to us or if you submit an enquiry to us relating to the Jorum Service;
  • when you respond to any surveys which, for research purposes, we may ask you to complete; and
  • from your usage of the Jorum Service and data that you post on the Jorum site, e-mail to us or send to us.

We will use the personal information you provide for the following reasons:

  • to send you information about resources that may interest you (you may choose not to receive these)
  • as the basis of anonymised statistics about use of the service which are shared with other users and may be published


Who do we share this information with?

We reserve the right to disclose the identity of Registered Users to third parties who claim that material contributed infringes their rights (e.g. their privacy or IPR rights).

We reserve the right to disclose criminal activity (e.g. breach of the Computer Misuse Act 1990) to the relevant authorities.

Security of Data

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to us; any transmission is at your own risk. However, we will try to ensure that your personal information is secure. In order to try to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect on-line.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may amend this privacy policy from time to time.  If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent notice on the Jorum website.