About     API     Contact
Privacy policy
Open data

Privacy policy / Information sheet for non-medical research

Interactive knowledge capture

You are asked to participate in a research study conducted over the world wide web by researchers from the Interactive Knowledge Capture project at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California and the Institute AIFB at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Your participation is voluntary.

Purpose of the study

We are asking you to take part in a research study because we are studying software systems that assist people in entering and using knowledge.

Using the site or its service constitutes consent to participate in this research project.


You will be asked to use the tools on the web site or the service to enter tasks you are interested in and knowledge about how tasks should be carried out and other kinds of knowledge you may wish to provide.

Potential risk of harms and discomforts

This study poses no additional risks beyond those inherent in normal use of the World Wide Web.

Potential benefits to subjects and/or society

There is no a direct benefit to you for participating in the study. You may find using the web site helpful or interesting.

Because of your participation, scientists will learn more about how computers can be instructed by people in carrying out tasks that help people, or in helping people to carry out these tasks.

Payment / compensation for participation

You will not be paid for participating in this research study.


You may participate anonymously.

If you choose to register, any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.

Participating and withdrawal

You can choose whether to be in this study or not. If you volunteer to be in this study, you may withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind. You may also refuse to answer any questions you don’t want to answer and still remain in the study. The investigator may withdraw you from this research if circumstances arise which warrant doing so.

Identification of investigators

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact any of these research scientists in the Interactive Knowledge Capture project: contact information.

Right of research subjects

You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact:

University Park IRB, Office of the Vice Provost for Research
Grace Ford Salvatori Building, Room 306
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1695
(213) 821-5272

In short

We are saving all requests to HowToDo for evaluation purposes. The data will not be shared outside of the institutions of the participating investigators, currently KIT (Karlsruhe Institue of Technology) and USC (University of Southern California).

If you want, you can opt-in to share your data for the purpose of creating an openly available corpus of To-Do items for research purposes. Participate in researchjoin now!