The relations between the operator and its partner institutions are governed by specific Memoranda of Understanding.
The operator of the platform is
Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl
(University of Applied Sciences Kehl),
acting on behalf of the DIGI-FACE consortium.
The DIGI-FACE consortium consists of
Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl
(University of Applied Sciences Kehl)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
(Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg)
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114–118
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management gGmbH
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Nelson Mandela University
Summerstrand, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), 6019
The operator provides public services and restricted services.
The public services are aimed at the general public.
Restricted services are aimed at specific groups of individual persons (registered users).
Some of the restricted services are aimed at all registered users of the platform.
Some of the restricted services are aimed at a select number of registered users.
To be able to access the restricted services of the platform, a user will need to register.
The registration of a user is strictly personal. It cannot be transferred to any other person, nor institution.
When registering, a user must provide their real name, an e-mail-address by which they can be contacted by the operator or its partner institutions, the partner institution they are affiliated to and the role in which they are affiliated to this partner institution.
This restriction does not apply to the transfer of intellectual property and copyright in uploaded material after the death of a user to their legal successor(s). The operator shall consult with the legal successor(s) on how they can exercise these rights in an appropriate manner.
The right to be registered is limited to individual persons. The operator reserves the right to limit this access to persons who are currently or have formerly been affiliated to partner institutions of the operator (affiliated persons). Which groups of persons are deemed to be affiliated to an institution is determined in the Memoranda of Understanding between the operator and the respective partner institution; it is up to the partner institution to determine if a person is deemed affiliated person.
Insofar as the operator grants partner institutions the possibility to offer services on the platform, the right of access to these services offered by partner institutions is determined by the partner institution.
The operator reserves the right to grant or deny access to the generic services of the operator to certain groups of users.
A registered user will receive a user name and a password (access data) to be identified and prove their right of access.
The user is obliged to treat the access data combination of user name and password granting access to the restricted services in confidence. The user must not share the access data with third parties.
In the event of the misuse of access data, the operator is to be informed immediately.
The operator reserves the right to
– suspend the access of the user to all or parts of the services for a limited time,
– limit the access of the user to parts of the services permanently,
– terminate the registration of the user permanently, and
– to fully block access of a user to the platform
The operator also reserves the right to temporarily suspend, or to permanently block access to the platform from certain IP addresses in the event of malicious attacks conducted from these IP addresses or suspicion thereof.
The execution of one, several, or all of the actions against a particular user does not limit the operator’s right to take other actions against the user of the platform or the user or owner of the device conducting the malicious attack, in particular
– deleting, permanently commenting, hiding from or blocking access of other users to material uploaded by the user in fulfilment of binding legal obligations of the operator or one of its partner institutions,
– assertion of claims for damages, in particular in cases of infringement of personal rights, intellectual property or copyrights including the conditions of licences.
The rights of third parties, in particular other users or partner institutions of the operator, toward users violating the rights of this third party, are also not affected by any actions taken by the operator.
If the user, on request of the operator, fails to prove in a reasonable period
– that they are affiliated to a partner institution of the operator in such a way that grants the user access to the restricted services of the platform, or
– that they can claim right of access to the restricted services of the platform on other grounds, or
– that they are alive,
the operator can suspend the access of the user to the platform. This also applies if a user account has not been used for five consecutive Gregorian calendar years.
If the user proves their right of access within a period of a Gregorian calendar year from the beginning of the suspension, the access shall be fully reinstated.
One Gregorian calendar year after the beginning of the suspension, the user account including all data connected to the user and all material the user has uploaded can be deleted by the discretion of the operator.
All of the texts, images, videos, other files, logos, acronyms, as well as the design features of the platform (hereinafter elements) are subject to copyright. The copyright holders have subjected some of the elements to certain Creative Commons Attribution Licences. The limitations of use of these elements are described in more detail in number 5.5.
The prior written consent of the operator or the copyright holder is required for all other types of usage (particularly for reproduction for commercial purposes including archiving, provision to or processing by third parties for the user’s own or third-party purposes as well as translation, editing, arrangement or other adaptation).
All elements that are not labelled with a Creative Commons Attribution Licence symbol must only be used on the platform itself. These elements must not be used outside the platform, nor must they be downloaded or reproduced.
All users agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct laid down in this subsection.
The users promise to adhere to all legal obligations governing the upload and the publishing of content.
No inappropriate material must be uploaded, posted, commented, or in any other way put on the platform. In particular, but not limited to the following, any material shall be deemed inappropriate that
– violates legal obligations,
– incites violence,
– incites any other crimes,
– discriminates against or disparages other users, third parties, or groups on grounds of “race,” gender including gender identity and sexual orientation, ability or disability, religion, language, nationality, ethnicity, “caste,” social class, or belonging to another social group,
– is pornographic,
– is insulting,
– is obviously commercial or otherwise spamlike.
The mention of the terms “race,” “caste,” or any other social group concept in this sub-section does in no way imply that the operator adopts this specific social group concept. The operator is merely responding to the fact that unjustified discrimination on this basis occurs in the reality of life.
The operator reserves the right to
– delete, permanently comment, hide from or block access of other users to material uploaded by users in fulfilment of binding legal obligations of the operator or one of its partner institutions.
The operator also reserves the right to limit access to material uploaded by users from devices in use in certain countries (geographical limitation) to comply with legal obligations of the operator in the respective country, as far as the operator is not legally prohibited to do so. By this reservation, the operator does not accept any obligation to geographical limitation intended by a user.
The attribution of intellectual property rights to the material uploaded to the platform by individual users as well as the copyright in this uploaded material are governed by the law of the country in which the institution to which the user in question is affiliated has its legal domicile. If the user is not affiliated to a partner institution of the provider, the law of the country of residence of the user shall apply.
Intellectual property rights and copyright in generic modules and other content and elements specifically developed by consortium members for the use of all registered users lies with the operator which it will exercise on behalf of the consortium members.
Users uploading or else putting elements to the DIGI-FACE platform may declare upon upload, if and under which Creative Commons licence they are willing to grant the operator and the users of the platform access and rights of usage of these elements. In the event that users fail to make such a declaration, the element in question shall be deemed as limited to use on the platform itself.
If a user uploading elements to the DIGI-FACE platform grants the operator and the users of the platform access and rights of usage of these elements according to a Creative Commons licence, they confirm
– that they hold all the necessary rights to the elements in order to be able to grant such a licence,
– that they all persons depicted in the elements have consented in the granted use of the element,
– that they exempt the operator and all users from all third-party rights in connection with the uploaded elements.
The operator does not generally take technical measures to ensure that elements uploaded or otherwise put to the DIGI-FACE platform can only be used according to the Creative Commons licence attributed to it by the user. In case the operator does put technical measures in place, the operator does not guarantee their functionality. The operator cannot be held liable for a breach of copyright by another user concerning elements uploaded or otherwise put on the platform by a user of the platform.
The operator follows a notice-and-takedown policy in the events that elements on the platform infringe the copyright of other individual or legal persons. Individual or legal persons who believe that content or an element available on the DIGI-FACE platform infringes their copyright shall notify the operator about the claimed infringement. The copyright infringement note shall contain enough information to enable the operator to identify the element in question and to evaluate the claim of copyright. Therefore, the copyright holder shall, to the best of their abilities, provide the exact URL of the element in question, a description of how their copyright has been infringed, proof of the claimed ownership, as well as information on their identity and contact possibilities. This can be done via e-mail to digiface[at]hs-kehl.de, using the take-down notice form available on the website. Pending evaluation, access to the element allegedly infringing copyright will be suspended. Elements infringing copyright will be permanently removed from the platform after evaluation.
The information on copyright law in this subsection is provided without any claim to correctness, completeness or topicality.
Some of the elements are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution licence. The elements are labelled accordingly.
Users are entitled to choose the Creative Commons Attribution licence of their liking and label the elements accordingly.
The exact content of the Creative Commons Attribution licence follows the license conditions as stated on: https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/
The prior written consent of the operator or the copyright holder is required for all other types of usage exceeding the attributed license (particularly for reproduction for commercial purposes including archiving, provision to or processing by third parties for the user’s own or third-party purposes as well as translation, editing, arrangement or other adaptation).
The operator is subject to the General European Data Protection Regulation, the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg concerning the protection of personal data.
The operator does not provide any guarantee for the correctness of the information provided, availability of the services, loss of stored data or usability for a particular purpose. The operator is not liable for consequential loss or damage caused by the use of the services, public or restricted.
Insofar as the liability exemption does not apply, the operator is only liable for gross negligence and intent.
As far as legally admissible, place of jurisdiction is Kehl.