Privacy Policy

Who we are

HOBBIT project  is a European project that develops a holistic open-source platform and industry-grade benchmarks for benchmarking big linked data. It aims at abolishing the barriers in the adoption and deployment of Big Linked Data by European companies, by means of open benchmarking reports that allow them to assess the fitness of existing solutions for their purposes. These benchmarks are based on data that reflects reality and measures industry-relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with comparable results using standardized hardware. Our website address is: HOBBIT project is composed of 9 partners representing 5 countries:

The HOBBIT project receives funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation action program under grant agreement number 688227. The project runtime is December 2015 until November 2018.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect only personal data from users that may subscribe to our HOBBIT community, such as email, first and last name, company name,  user profile and other provided information. This data is collected (a) only to verify the number of unique supporters and (b) to allow us to address our correspondence according to the preferences of our community users.

Personal data is not just created by a user’s interactions with the site. Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics, and third party embeds. See details below:


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We keep contact form submissions indefinitely for community service purposes, but we do not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

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.


We collect analytics using Google Analytics by (see their privacy policy) via the ‘Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress’ plugin by (see their privacy policy).

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

We don’t share this information with anyone.

How long we retain your data

We indefinitely retain data. Anyone can ask to edit or delete permanently its personal information (e-mail, location, name). Also community or site members may unsubscribe at any time, using the “unsubscribe from this list”  link in their correspondence e-mails (or update their information using the “update subscription preferences” link).

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How we protect your data

All pages have been encrypted before transmitting over the Internet through the usage of a SSL certificate.

Our subscription lists are handled and protected by MailChimp ( Find more about their privacy policy here:

We collect analytics using Google Analytics (, see their privacy policy) via the  ‘Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress’ plugin by ExactMetrics (, see their privacy policy). These data are handled and protected by  Google and ExactMetrics).

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We use ‘Shield Security for WordPress’ plugin, by

Your contact information

You may contact us, as advised here: