Who we are

The Global Data Barometer project is a project hosted by ILDA.

The project website address is: http://globaldatabarometer.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Information you submit through a contact form will be sent to a member of the Global Data Barometer team. This information will only be used for the purpose of correspondence related to the Global Data Barometer project.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to track visit to this site.

Survey tool

If you participate as a researcher, reviewer or contributor to a Global Data Barometer Survey, your log-in will be authenticated against a Google Account using OAUTH. Survey data is stored using Google Sheets, and is processed through a server hosted in the European Union.

Job or researcher applications

If you apply for a job or research role, we may collect and store information about you and your research experience. We may, with your express consent, contact referees and store their responses for the sole purpose of judging your application. We make use of AirTable to handle applications.

Applications made to regional hubs, or other Global Data Barometer partners may be covered by separate private policies and arrangements.

Who we share your data with

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Other than this, and the tracking carried out by our analytics provider, we do not share website visitor data with any other third parties.

We may, with your prior consent, share job application data with our regional partners to support identification of country expert researchers.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

You can contact team@opendatabarometer.org with any queries relating to how your personal data is handled.