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Use and Privacy Policy

General Privacy Statement

  • Introduction

    • 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,we routinely collect contact and other personal information from or about its constituents. We recognizes and respects the need for privacy and security with information of this kind. We are 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 our 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 funders, members, and visitors.

    • Notification of Changes to this Policy
      To further its mission and better serve its constituents, we are 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 our information practices will change from time to time. If and when its information practices change, we 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. 

  • Information we collect

    • Information Collection and Tracking using Google Analytics
      We use Google Analytics to track use of the website; this information enables us to compile statistics about our site visitors and the use of the site.
    • Information You Provide
      We also collect the personal information constituents specifically provide when they visit our Website, such as signing up for newsletter emails or online workshops. 
    • Financial information
      We do not handle  financial transactions and credit card numbers using this website.
  • How we use information

    • Use of 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.
    • E-Mail Correspondence, Newsletters, and Informational Updates
      E-mail addresses provided to us are used for sending responses to questions and queries, providing registration confirmation, and communicating follow-up information. We also send 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; instructions on how to opt out of newsletters are provided within the message.
    • Cookies
      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. We use 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.
  • Sharing of Information

    • We are  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. 
    • We do not share constituent e-mail addresses with third parties and do not send unsolicited e-mail.
    • We do not share or sell email addresses or telephone lists with political candidates, parties or campaign organizations.
    • We currently share aggregate information, such as web traffic figures with funders, government organizations, and other groups. This aggregate data, which does not identify specific members or their personal information.
  • Children's Privacy on the Web

    • We encourages families to visit the Website together as a shared activity, and we abide 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. To learn more about how to protect your child's privacy on the Web, please see
  • 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. We may, for any reason, remove external links from the Site.

2. 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 Networkto 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.  The NISE Network also provides links to external websites with resources made by other organizations.
  • Use of Materials 

    • 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 Network 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.
    • Learn more about Creative Commons
      Please see FAQ #12 for more details about the Creative Commons license:
    • Can I use an image or photo I found on the website? How do I credit the image?
      Please see FAQ #17 for more details about the Creative Commons license:
  • Credits

    • We encourage others to both use and adapt our resources and products. However, all products must be appropriately credited.
    • How to Credit NISE Network products
      Please see FAQ #16 for more details about the Creative Commons license:
    • Can I use an image or photo I found on the website? How do I credit the image?
      Please see FAQ #17 for more details about the Creative Commons license:
  • Permitted Use

    • NISE Network resources are intended to be used for non-commercial educational use.
      • Some examples of permitted use:
        • 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 an activity or handout for an educational workshop,
        • including 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 resources on the website.
  • Non-permitted use

    • You may not reproduce, record, publish, modify, or distribute any NISE Network resources or products for commercial purposes. 
      • Some examples of prohibited use: 
        • 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, 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.

  • Trademarks

    • 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.

3. 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 "" and “”) is provided subject to these terms and conditions.  
    • Please read these terms carefully as use of the 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 this Website

    • 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 this website have been compiled from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice. All media files on the NISE Network web site are protected by copyright laws.


  • Sites Linked From this website

    • Most of the sites linked from this website are not under our control, and we do not assume any responsibility or liability for any communications or materials available at such linked sites. We do not intend links on this website 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 this website 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 the webmaster via email. 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 Network web sites or has been otherwise copied or made available on the NISE Network 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 Network 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 via the contact below.
  • Limitation of Liability

    • Under no circumstances shall the NISE Network 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. 

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Questions / Contacting Us


NISE Network webmaster

NISE Network
Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL)
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603