Site Policies

This page lists policies on the use of personal data, content licenses and attributions that are relevant across all the pages of O Foundation (OFDN). Most posts/pages have specific attributions that are mentioned in the respective pages.

Personal Data Policy


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 can choose to upload images after removing embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

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.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

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.

Safe Space Policy & Code of Conduct

This policy is to ensure that individuals and groups that participate in our online/offline platforms including social media channels are expected to treat other individuals with respect, care for each other’s privacy, support each other and not engage directly/indirectly in any forms of harassment or bullying.

  • Mutual respect and equity: OFDN is committed to building an equitable environment where individuals and groups feel safe and welcome, and it expects everyone engaging with us and the people involved in our work with mutual respect. We take harassment seriously and by abiding to our Safe Space Policy & Code of Conduct, you also consent for support from law enforcement in any situation that is beyond our control.
  • Individual and community privacy: By participating in our activities, you also agree that you would regard the privacy of other individuals and groups and would not engage in any forms of violation of the same. This includes but not limited to photo/video-graphing with consent, and publishing of any personal information about any individual/group with consent.
  • Respect the environment and socially-acceptable guidelines: In participating our initiatives, you also commit to respect for the protection of the environment, respect the physical and digital environment of ethnic groups and value socially-acceptable guidelines.



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All scholarly work with Open Access.
Open_Access_logo_PLoSOpen Access icons/logos that you might come across while browsing through our content or in references all refer to content that is available under Open Access.


We strive to release the source code of the software that we produce under a GNU GFDL license on GitHub but at times we release with other suitable open licenses as well. For instance, it makes more sense to release a font under a SIL Open Font License (OFL). See our git to check our entire repository. Our other project—OpenSpeaks—has its code hosted and maintained in a separate repo.


Our data is always released under a CC0 license (comparable to Public Domain).


Our site is made with WordPress with the theme Neve. Generally images that are used in different pages and posts are attributed in the respective pages. Anything that is not attributed can be assumed to be created by us and published under a CC-BY 4.0 license (as explained in the “content” sub-section above).

Individual attributions

Home page

  • All site-wide Wikipedia and Wikimedia project logos trademarked by Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. CC-BY-SA-3.0
  • 20131205 Istanbul 024. Mark Ahsmann. CC-BY-SA-3.0
  • MJK 54538 Coolest tool award (Wikimania 2019). Martin Kraft ( CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)
  • 2004 reading newspaper Addis Ababa Ethiopia 91389965.jpg. Terje Skjerdal. CC-BY-2.0
  • Opening ceremony Wikimania 2019 Stockholm 2.jpg. Vysotsky. CC-BY-SA-4.0
  • Fragment of a plaque carved in relief; a votive offering. Wellcome M0015213.jpg. Wellcome Images. CC-BY-4.0
  • Mic, Privacy by achmad mulyana from the Noun Project
  • Mobile by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project
  • Happy by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project
  • All Creative Commons (CC) logos and other marks are trademarks of Creative Commons Inc. and are bound by CC policies