Sonic Futures Participant Information and Consent

Thank you for visiting the Sonic Futures Photophonic exhibit. Before you use it, please read the information below and click agree to consent to our terms of use.

Sonic Futures is a research project jointly organised by the University of Nottingham and the National Science and Media Museum and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project will create new kinds of exhibits which tell the story of sound technologies. The project aims to understand how audience listeners can contribute to creating sounding museum exhibits for future display at the National Science and Media Museum. On this webpage you can try out one of our digital exhibits that may feature at the National Science and Media Museum in the future. We will gather information about the way you use the exhibit and ask you some optional questions about what you think of it. If you share your interaction with the exhibit on social media, we will use your posts to further aid our understanding.

The contribution of all participants will be anonymised or pseudonymised in any publicly available dissemination of the project. Data collected during the project will be securely stored by the University of Nottingham. Your participation is voluntary and refusing to participate or withdrawing participation will not affect any other aspects of the way you are treated. Your data and any personal information you share with us will be stored securely on the University of Nottingham's password protected, encrypted One Drive account and will be retained for up to 7 years. The University of Nottingham is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office who implements the Data Protection Act 1998. All personal data on participants will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. The information gathered will be used to make recommendations for use in future exhibitions at the National Science and Museum and will be made available for other museums to learn from.

The project leader is Dr James Mansell (University of Nottingham): email

The project co-leader is Dr Annie Jamieson (National Science and Media Museum): email:

The project researcher is Dr Alex de Little (University of Nottingham): email

The University of Nottingham's research ethics officer responsible for this project is Dr Annette Zhao: email

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How the University of Nottingham processes your personal data

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The University of Nottingham is registered as a Data Controller under the Data Protection act 1998 (registration No. Z5654762 –

One of our responsibilities as a data controller is to be transparent in our processing of your personal data and to tell you about the different ways in which we collect and use your personal data. The University will process your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and this privacy notice is issued in accordance with the GDPR Articles 13 and 14.

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The Data Protection Officer

The University has appointed a Data Protection Officer. Their postal address is:

Data Protection Officer,
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Your personal data and its processing

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We only process data for specified purposes and if it is justified in accordance with data protection law. Detail of each processing purpose and its legal basis is given in each privacy notice listed below.

Why we collect your personal data

We collect personal data under the terms of the University's Royal Charter in our capacity as a teaching and research body to advance education and learning. Specific purposes for data collection on this occasion are to inform the future development of exhibitions at National Science and Media Museum.

Legal basis for processing your personal data under GDPR

The legal basis for processing your personal data on this occasion is Article 6(1a) consent of the data subject.

How long we keep your data

The University may store your data for up to 25 years and for a period of no less than 7 years after the research project finishes. The researchers who gathered or processed the data may also store the data indefinitely and reuse it in future research. Measures to safeguard your stored data include separation of any personal information you supply to us from the research data and anonymisation or pseudonymisation of any interviews and questionnaires you complete. This information will be encrypted and stored in a password protected folder on the University of Nottingham's secure OneDrive.

Who we share your data with

Extracts of your data may be disclosed in published works that are posted online for use by the scientific community. Your data may also be stored indefinitely on external data repositories (e.g., the UK Data Archive) and be further processed for archiving purposes in the public interest, or for historical, scientific or statistical purposes. It may also move with the researcher who collected your data to another institution in the future.

Your rights as a data subject

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Right to be informed

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Rights related to automated decision making including profiling

We may use a computer program, system or neural network to make decisions about you (for example, everyone that is on a particular course gets sent a particular letter) or to profile you. You have the right to ask for a human being to intervene on your behalf or to check a decision.

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Withdrawing consent

If we are relying on your consent to process your data, you may withdraw your consent at any time.

Exercising your rights, queries and complaints

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Complaint to the Information Commissioner

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