Privacy Policy

Please refer to the Geo.X General Data Privacy Statement.

Here you will find the definitions of the terms used in the Privacy Policy and the Addendum to the General Data Privacy Statement.


The data protection declaration of Geo.X is based on the terms used by the European legislator for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our data protection declaration should be legible and understandable for the general public, as well as our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to first explain the terminology used.

In this data protection declaration, we use, inter alia, the following terms:

a) Personal data

Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

b) Data subject

Data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person, whose personal data is processed by the controller responsible for the processing.

c) Processing

Processing is any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

d) Restriction of processing

Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their processing in the future.

e) Profiling

Profiling means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person's performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements.

f) Pseudonymisation

Pseudonymisation is the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.

g) Controller or controller responsible for the processing

Controller or controller responsible for the processing is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.

h) Processor

Processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

i) Recipient

Recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which the personal data are disclosed, whether a third party or not. However, public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients; the processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing.

j) Third party

Third party is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.

Consent of the data subject is any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject's wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.

Addendum to General Data Privacy Statement

VI. Contact form and e-mail contact

1. Description and scope of data processing

In addition, the following user-related data are processed when contact is made via e-mail or the contact form:

The user-related data collected for the purpose of running the application encompasses the following:

  • Given name, surname
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number (if available)
  • ORCID (if available)

For certain actions, the application also stores information on which user performed the respective action and when. Data about times and users are stored when setting up/modifying information on the laboratories Persons are still assigned to the laboratories as contacts for the purpose of mapping responsibilities and facilitating consultations in the event of questions about the laboratories.

The application cannot be used to analyse user behaviour.

General information on LabInfrastructure@Geo.X

1. Description of LabInfrastructure@Geo.X

LabInfrastructure@Geo.X is a search portal that enables scientists and all other interested visitors to find relevant information about the laboratory infrastructures of all Geo.X partner institutions.

Geo.X operates LabInfrastructure@Geo.X as a cooperation project: Our search portal compiles the laboratory infrastructure of all partners in consistent systematics and quality. Please note the individual terms of use for each laboratory. If you are interested in access please contact the responsible lab manager.

Our portal is still under development, and we are continually adding new entries to the database. Although we make every effort to ensure that the information on the network's laboratory infrastructure is accurate and up-to-date, we cannot guarantee that the database is free of inaccurate or outdated entries. The links published in LabInfrastructure@Geo.X are prepared and presented with great care. However, the editors have no influence on the current and future design and content of the external links. We cannot guarantee that the links are always up-to-date, correct and complete.

2. Editorial Staff

Responsible editor for the contents of LabInfrastructure@Geo.X is

Dr. Manja Luzi-Helbing
Infrastructure and Research Data Management
Geo.X Research Network for Geosciences in Berlin and Potsdam

c/o Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
14473 Potsdam

Phone.: +49(0)331/6264-1091

3. Technical Realization and Support

Responsible for the technical implementation are the units eScience Centre and IT Services and Operations.

4. Collaboration

The development of the laboratory infrastructure portal: LabInfrastructure@Geo.X is realized in collaboration with

Vivien Lindemann, Marc Hanisch, Hannes Fuchs, Dr. Kirsten Elger
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
14473 Potsdam


Dr. Christopher Hamann and Prof. Dr. Lutz Hecht (support content and quality management)
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstr. 43
10115 Berlin