Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb) is a Open Source project organized under the Open Library Foundation (OLF), and this site is hosted on behalf of OLF by Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG).

The contact information of our data protection officer is:

Marc Tegethoff
Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG)
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 1
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: 049 551 39-31416

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you use this website, we collect technically necessary data which is automatically transmitted to our server by your browser (e.g. browser type/browser version, operating system used, referrer URL, pages called up, length of visit, IP address, date and time of enquiry). This is technically necessary in order to display our website to you. As far as personal data is concerned, Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR is the legal basis for the collection. This data will not be combined with other sources of data. We reserve the right to examine this data in retrospect, if we become aware that it has been used for unlawful purposes.


This site uses Stats to record site statistics.

As per their FAQ,

Stats tracks and retains the following information about your site’s visitors:

  • Post and page views
  • video plays
  • outbound link clicks
  • referring URLs and search engine terms
  • country

As part of collating the above information, Stats uses data like IP address, user ID (if logged in), username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code. However, none of this information is available to site owners. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Furthermore, the Stats logs, in which this information is stored, are only retained for 28 days.

For more information about the use of data of this plugins’ maintainer (Automattic), please refer to their privacy statement.


If you have an account and you log in to this site, 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.