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Use and Privacy Policy

General Privacy Statement

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. NISE Network maintains a website for education professionals ( and a portal pages designed for the public ( and ( (henceforth "Website").

As an element of its operations in pursuit of that mission, the NISE Network routinely collects contact and other personal information from or about its constituents. NISE Network recognizes and respects the need for privacy and security with information of this kind. NISE Network is committed to following both the letter and the spirit of all laws governing its operations, including those pertaining to privacy and use of information.

 The following privacy policy describes NISE Network's current policies and practices with regard to information collected from and about its constituents. Unless otherwise indicated, all procedures apply to information collected online (via the Internet, World Wide Web, and e-mail) and offline (via postal mail, telephone, fax, and in person). The collective term "constituents" is used to refer to NISE Network funders, members, Website visitors, people who request that information about NISE Network be sent to them, and all others from whom we collect information in order to provide requested services and products.

Notification of Changes to this Policy

To further its mission and better serve its constituents, NISE Network is continually improving and adding new functionality and features to its Website and improving and adding to its existing services and programs. Because of these ongoing changes and the changing nature of technology, NISE Network's information practices will change from time to time.

If and when its information practices change, NISE Network will post the policy changes to its Website to notify its constituents of the changes and, where appropriate and practical, give them the opportunity to "opt-out" of the new programs and practices. If you are concerned about how your personal information is used, please check back at NISE Network's Website frequently or contact NISE Network webmaster.

Information Collected by NISE Network

NISE Network currently collects constituent member contact information, such as street address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address. Additional information provided by the constituent—such as responses to survey information and information collected to fulfill requests for information about NISE Network—may also be added to NISE Network databases.

 Personal Information Collected by NISE Network Online

NISE Network collects the personal information constituents specifically provide when they visit our Website. This includes, for example, the information constituents provide when they register as members or complete a survey. In addition, our e-mail newsletters and information updates often contain hyperlinks to additional information on our Website and elsewhere on the Web. NISE Network currently uses technology to track how often these links are used and which pages particular e-mail subscribers choose to view. NISE Network uses this information to compile statistics, improve these e-mail services and customize our future communications with e-mail subscribers.

 Other Information Collected by NISE Network Online

NISE Network uses technology to collect a wide range of statistical information about the use of our Website. For example, we currently use technology to determine how constituents access the Website (this information may include the name of the visitor's Internet service provider or the type of Web browser used) and which pages they view. This technology does not identify constituents personally - it simply enables NISE Network to compile statistics about our site visitors and the use of the site.


Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser. NISE Network currently uses cookies to store constituents' preferences and record session information such as items that members download. Cookies are also used to record page location to assist with navigation and menus on our site.

 Children's Privacy on the Web

NISE Network encourages families to visit NISE Network’s Website together as a shared activity, and NISE Network abides by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we do our best to delete any information we inadvertently collect from children under the age of 13 who visit our Website as soon as we gain actual knowledge of its existence. If you learn or suspect that your child has provided personal information to NISE Network during one of his or her visits to our Website, please contact NISE Network webmaster.

To learn more about how to protect your child's privacy on the Web, please see "Social Networking Sites: A Parent's Guide" from the Bureau of Consumer Protection at

 Use of Member Information

NISE Network currently uses the information it collects about its constituents to provide the products, services, and membership benefits our constituents request; to administer NISE Network programs, to improve services and offerings; to improve NISE Network Website and electronic communications; and to improve operating procedures to better serve constituents.

 Sharing of Member Information

NISE Network is firmly committed to protecting the privacy of our members. We do not share our membership with any outside entities, except for companies that we must work with to conduct our business. When we do work with such companies, we ensure that they comply with our data privacy and security policies. Certain aggregate data, which does not identify specific members or their personal information, may be shared with funders, government organizations, and other groups (see below for details).

NISE Network does not share its mailing or telephone lists with political candidates, parties or campaign organizations.

NISE Network currently shares aggregate information, such as web traffic figures with other organizations. This information does not personally identify any of NISE Network constituents.

In addition, there may be some limited circumstances in which NISE Network may share or transfer the information in its databases. Examples include to respond to judicial process; to comply with state, federal or local laws; to protect the security or integrity of its databases or its Website; to take precautions against liability; in the event of a corporate reorganization; or to provide information to law enforcement agencies to the extent required by law.

NISE Network collects and maintains in its databases the names and email addresses of all members. NISE Network constituents may receive periodic mailings from NISE Network with news and information . If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please contact the NISE Network webmaster.

E-Mail Correspondence, Newsletters, and Informational Updates

NISE Network does not share constituent e-mail addresses with third parties and does not send unsolicited e-mail. E-mail addresses provided to NISE Network are used for sending responses to questions and queries, providing registration confirmation, and communicating follow-up information. NISE Network also sends e-mail newsletters and informational updates to those who request them. Constituents who receive e-mail newsletters and updates may request to be removed from these lists at any time. Instructions on how to do so are provided within the message.

Reviewing Member Information

Upon request, NISE Network does its best to provide members with access to their own unique information, contact information. NISE Network does its best to correct any inaccuracies that are brought to its attention.

 The NISE Network reserves the right to remove any member information or member account for anyone violating the Rules of Conduct.

The NISE Network encourages all members of the website to keep Member Profiles current.

The NISE Network reserves the right to remove inactive members from the site.

Rules of Conduct

You shall not post on the Website any content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing or threatening, contains viruses or other contaminating or destructive features, violates the rights of others, such as content which infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or otherwise violates any applicable law.

The Site may not be used by you for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services or to solicit users to join competitive online services.

The NISE Network may, for any reason, remove external links from the Site.

Submissions of Comments and Messages

The NISE Network is not responsible for material appearing on any message board, chat room, or similar interactive service appearing on the Website, except for material signed by an identified representative of the NISE Network administration. The NISE Network is not responsible for screening material posted by users for libel, obscenity, invasion of privacy, copyright or trademark infringement, accuracy, or for any other reason. We do, however, retain the right to modify or remove messages or other material that we, in our sole discretion, consider infringing, offensive, abusive, defamatory, obscene, stale, or otherwise unacceptable. We also reserve the right to edit materials for any other reason. Whether or not we modify or remove such material, users remain solely responsible for the content of their own messages or postings.

By submitting content to the Website, you give (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) the NISE Network the nonexclusive right to use your questions, comments, and postings, in their original or edited form, in television programs, books, articles, commentaries, or in any other medium now known or later developed. You are not entitled to any compensation for such use.

Any messages sent to the Website will be treated as nonproprietary and non-confidential and will become the property of the NISE Network where it may or may not be used for any purpose.

 Compliance with this Policy

NISE Network is very sensitive to concerns regarding privacy of information. NISE Network will review its practices regularly to make sure that they continue to be in the best interests of NISE Network members and NISE Network's mission.

If you have questions or comments about this policy, please contact:

NISE Network webmaster.

Resource Use, Permissions, and Credits policy

General Resource Statement

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists. The NISE Network maintains a website for education professionalas ( and a portal pages designed for the public ( and ( (henceforth "Website").

It is the desire of the NISE Net to provide a broad array of digital resources (henceforth "resources" or "resources and products") and to make those resources widely available to our partners for educational use.

NISE Network digital resources are defined as resources developed by the NISE Network, in part or in whole, with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143, and include but are not limited to digital versions of programs, exhibits, forums, activities, photographs, video, text, audio, Web pages, drawings, illustrations, interactive tools, and other materials.  The NISE Network also provides links to external websites with resources made by other organizations.

 Use of Materials Posted on

It is the intention of the NISE Network to make its resources as accessible and usable as possible. Most products created by the NISE Network are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license allowing you to print, download, reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and/or publicly display most NISE Net resources for non-commercial, educational use provided they are credited to the NISE Network, NSF, and, where applicable, the organization or person who developed the resources. You may make adaptations of or modifications to most NISE Network resources for non-commercial, educational purposes, again provided the derivative work is properly attributed and is "shared alike"—available to others under the same license that governs the original work.

Some products and resources listed on have different use guidelines that are more restrictive than the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.  You must check the "Permissions" and "Credits" section of each educational product on the website to determine exact rights and permissions.

The NISE Network's resources are protected by copyright and trademark laws, and are the property of NISE Network affiliated organizations.


We encourage others to both use and adapt our resources and products. However, all products must be appropriately credited. Where applicable, this acknowledgement should follow the copyright notice. The National Science Foundation requires that an acknowledgement of support and a disclaimer appear in publications of any material, whether copyrighted or not, when the work is based on or developed under NSF-supported projects.

Resources and products produce by the NISE Network should include the NISE Network and NSF logos and acknowledge both groups with following language:

 "Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation."

We encourage the use of live links to when appropriate in digital documents.

Any adaptations or modifications of NISE Net resources and products should be credited in the following manner:

"Based on [a program, exhibit, publication, video, or material] developed by [Organization] for the NISE Network, with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation"

Questions regarding acknowledgements or credits can be directed to NISE Network webmaster.

Permitted Use

You may not reproduce, record, publish, modify, or distribute any NISE Network resources or products for commercial purposes. Requests by media organizations for use of any image should be coordinated through NISE Network webmaster.

Some examples of permitted use of NISE Network resources:

  • publicly displaying or performing educational products such as exhibits, programs, websites and publications in museums, libraries, schools, and other non-commercial, educational outlets,
  • printing and distributing a NISE Network activity or handout for an educational workshop,
  • including NISE Network resources in packets that you create for educational purposes, such as pre- or post-field trip materials, or a teacher's guide to nano,
  • linking from your website to specific NISE Net resources on the website.
  • Some examples of prohibited use (contact NISE Network webmaster for more information):
  • including NISE Network resources or products, or reproductions of NISE Network resources or products, in a commercial publication or product to be sold or provided in exchange for a fee,
  • using NISE Network images to promote a commercial program, product, event, or activity,
  • serving NISE Network web pages on your Website,

using a NISE Network activity, publication, or other product without properly crediting the person or groups that developed the product, the NISE Network and the National Science Foundation, whether for educational or commercial purposes.

 Links to the website

The NISE Network welcomes links to the Website. Permission to create a link to the Website is not required. However, we do reserve the right to request removal of a link from any Web page we believe does not further the NISE Network's mission. You may NOT enclose pages from the NISE Network Website within a frame set on your site.

 Links from the website to external sites

The Website may provide links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by others. The NISE Network is not responsible for the availability of any other site to which the Website link. Nor does the NISE Network endorse or take responsibility for the content, advertising, products or other materials made available through any other site. Under no circumstances shall the NISE Network be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any content, goods or services available on any other site.


NISE Net, NISE Network,, and their logos, are trademarks of the NISE Network.

Adaptations or modifications of NISE Network resources or products ("third party works") shall be appropriately credited, however, the NISE Network trademarks may not be used in connection with a third party work in a manner that is likely to cause confusion among users.

 Scope of Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to your use of all of the Website and services operated by the NISE Network. These terms and conditions do not apply to your use of external websites to which the Website links.

Legal Notice

General Legal Notice

Access to and use of this World Wide Web site ("The National Informal STEM Education Network website" with the URL addresses: ""and "") is provided subject to these terms and conditions. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY AS USE OF THIS SITE

 CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. By using web sites owned and operated by the The National Informal STEM Education Network Project or its affiliates, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms of use, which may change at any time.

Use of Material On the National Informal STEM Education Network Web Site

The information, artwork, text, video, audio, or pictures (collectively, "Materials") contained on the National Informal STEM Education Network web site are protected by copyright laws.

 You may only access and use the Materials for personal or educational purposes as listed above.

 The Materials included on the NISE Net web site have been compiled by NISE Net from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice. All media files on the NISE Net web site are protected by copyright laws.

 Sites Linked From the NISE Net Web Site

Most of the sites linked from the NISE Net web site are not under NISE Net’s control, and NISE Net does not assume any responsibility or liability for any communications or materials available at such linked sites. NISE Net does not intend links on the NISE Net web site to be referrals or endorsements of the linked entities, and are provided for convenience only.

 Removal of Content

In General. If you believe content on the NISE Net web site violates your rights and want us to remove it, please send a written request explaining why you would like to have the content removed to us by e-mail at NISE Network webmaster. While we do not have any obligation to remove content merely because of a removal request, we will review all such requests and will remove content that we determine should be removed, in our sole discretion and in accordance with this Legal Notice, our Privacy Policy, and applicable law.

 Violation of Copyrights. If you are requesting removal of content because of a violation of your copyrights, please note that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe that your own work, or the work of a third party for whom you are authorized to act, is featured on any of the NISE Net web sites or has been otherwise copied or made available on the NISE Net web site in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please send us a notice of the alleged infringement including all of the following information:

  • an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the NISE Net web site (including the URL and/or title if applicable, or other identifying characteristics);
  • your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, and, if you are not the owner of the copyright, the name of the owner;
  • a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

Any notification by a copyright owner or a person authorized to act on its behalf that fails to comply with requirements of the DMCA shall not be considered sufficient notice and shall not be deemed to confer upon us actual knowledge of facts or circumstances from which infringing material or acts are evident. Our copyright agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows:

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444
Fax: (651) 221-4777

NISE Network webmaster.

 Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances shall the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) be liable for any losses or damages whatsoever, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, from the use of, or reliance on, the Information, or from the use of the Internet generally. For purposes of this section, SMM shall include St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Warner Nature Center, and other SMM divisions, subsidiaries, successors, parent companies, and their employees, partners, principals, agents and representatives, and any third-party providers or sources of information or data.


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