Q?rius Frequently Asked Questions

What Personal Information Does Q?rius Collect and Use About its Users?
Q?rius is an educational interactive website for users of all ages. Anyone may use Q?rius without registering for a user account, and will be able to enjoy many features of Q?rius as an anonymous user. No personal information is requested from anonymous users.

If you want to register for a user account, we require you as the account holder to be 13 years of age or older. As part of the registration process we ask for a user name, password, and your email address. We use this information to allow you to create, save, and repeatedly access a digital field book as part of the Create Your Own Field Book activity, post moderated comments about the items that you include in your field book, and earn learning badges. We will only use your email address to contact you to send you a new password if you notify us that you need it; or if, during the registration process you indicate that you want to receive emails about the Museum and Q?rius. Otherwise except as stated in our Privacy Policy, we won’t use or share your user name and email information with third parties. You may cancel your Q?rius user account at any time by emailing us at qrius@si.edu.

As part of the registration process, we also ask for non-personal demographic information, such as a user’s age range, gender, and zip code. This information is optional, and only used in the aggregate to help the Museum improve the educational planning of Q?rius for its visitors. We will only use your email address to contact you to send you a new password if you notify us that you need it; or if as part of the registration process you indicated that you want to receive emails about the Museum and Q?rius. Otherwise, except as stated in our Privacy Policy, we won’t use or share your user name or email information with any third parties. You may cancel your Q?rius user account at anytime by emailing us at qrius@si.edu.

Q?rius uses third party applications Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo, to allow users to include media from these sites into their Q?rius field books. Q?rius uses the AddThis service to allow certain users to share content via social media services using their own user names and passwords for those social media service accounts; your use of AddThis is subject to AddThis’s terms of use and privacy policy. Q?rius also uses Credly to allow users to earn learning badges which can only be shared by users separately registering for a user name and password directly with Credly; your use of Credly outside of Q?rius is subject to Credly’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies.

Consistent with the Smithsonian’s Privacy Policy statement, Q?rius automatically collects information about visitors, such as an IP address, domain name used to access the site, pages, files, and documents visited, etc., which it uses in the aggregate to understand Q?rius’s site usage, traffic trends, functionality and how to make technological and programmatic improvements. For more information about our privacy policy and practices, please read our Privacy and Smithsonian Kids Online Privacy statements. You may also contact the Privacy Office by either (i) email at privacy@si.edu; (ii) fax at 202-633-0179; or (iii) mail at: Privacy Office, PO Box 37012, MRC 041, Washington, DC 20013-7012.

Can a Child Under 13 Register for a Q?rius Account?
No, children under 13 must have their parent or legal guardian either register for a parent account which the parent can share with the child; or have their teacher register for a teacher account, with parent or guardian consent, which can be shared with the child (the child would receive a student sub-user account). As part of the registration process we ask for registrants to provide us with proof of age, which we don’t retain. Users that identify themselves as under 13 are not permitted to register and are immediately directed to have a parent or guardian register for a parent account or to use Q?rius as an anonymous user.

How Does a Parent Account Work?
A parent account allows a parent or guardian to create a user account that the parent or guardian may share with his/her child. As stated above, the parent or guardian, as the account holder, provides his or her user name, password, and email address. The parent or guardian may optionally provide us with non-personal demographic information about the child’s sex and zip code which we only use in the aggregate for educational planning for Q?rius. No other information about the parent or child is asked or collected. Once an account is created, the parent (along with his or her child) can use it to create, save, and repeatedly access a digital field book as part of the Create Your Own Field Book activity, and post moderated comments to the Q?rius user community about the items that are included in the field book. These comments are only visible by the user name provided. Sharing features, such as sharing content from Q?rius through social media services or email, are disabled for parent accounts.

How Does A Teacher Account Work?
A teacher account allows a teacher to create one account with associate multiple student sub-users as part of a school based activity. Student sub-users can create, save and repeatedly access a digital field book as part of the Create Your Own Field Book activity, and post moderated comments to the Q?rius user community about the items student sub-users include in their field book. Student sub-users are created by the teacher by only providing a user name (not the student’s name) which is associated to the teacher’s email address. No personal information is requested or collected about the students. Comments are only visible by other Q?rius users, and only by the user name provided. Sharing features, such as sharing content from Q?rius via social media services or email, are disabled for teacher accounts. Learning badges may only be earned by the account holder and not the sub-users. Teachers are responsible for obtaining verifiable parental consent for students sub-users under 13 who will be using Q?rius, prior to registration. Teachers must retain this information for the duration of the school year in which they created the teacher account. The Smithsonian may request this information at any time. A sample Teacher Parental Consent form is available here.

How Does A Group Account Work?
A group account allows a group of people who are visiting Q?rius together in person at the National Museum of Natural History to share a user account to collectively create, save, and repeatedly access a digital field book as part of the Create Your Own Field Book activity. The account holder, and leader of the group must be over 13 years of age, and provide a user name, password, and his/her email address for the account. Additionally, the user will be asked to provide information about the number of people in the group, as well as the following optional demographic information of the members of the group, their age ranges, zip codes, and the number of males and females in the group. No other information is requested or obtained about or from the participants in the group. Group users can post moderated comments visible by other Q?rius community users, by the user name provided. Group users can also share content from their field books via social media services or email using their own user names and passwords for those social media service accounts.

How Accurate Are the Q?rius Collections Data?
The Office of Education and Outreach has educational collections, which have been created from many sources over the past 35 years, including: objects transferred from the Museum’s research collections, donations and gifts, purchases, and field collecting. Making our data publicly accessible includes creating photographs of each specimen or object, and digitizing existing data as well as enhancing catalog records. The data are drawn from many sources, including original field notes, catalog records, acquisition documentation, and staff contributions. As our understanding of the natural and cultural world deepens, we anticipate our data will need to be updated and reviewed by subject-matter specialists. This is an ongoing process and we acknowledge that information in our database may not be accurate. The enhancement of collections data is a continuing component of our stewardship of this collection. We invite you to work with us and contact us at qrius@si.edu if you see inaccurate information associated with collections records.

Who Can I Contact For More Information about Q?rius?
If you would like more information about Q?rius, or would like to cancel your user account, you may contact us via email or by mail:

National Museum of Natural History
Attn: Q?rius Webmaster
10th and Constitution Ave
Washington, DC 20560
Email: qrius@si.edu