Why we ask for some basic information from registered users of vHMML Reading Room
As a “library of libraries,” HMML serves as a trustee for manuscripts shared by institutions and families throughout the world. They have allowed their manuscripts to be photographed and made available for scholarly and educational use, but typically retain the right to publication and commercial use of the images. This arrangement is made in a written contract that requires HMML to monitor use of the collections and to deal with instances of misuse of images available in vHMML Reading Room. To do this, we need to know a few basic facts about you, just as any major library would ask you to register before providing access to their collections. This will also help us track which resources are being utilized so we can report usage statistics to funders. This information will be presented in a way that does not reveal the identity or details of any individual user. A few of the libraries have the contractual right to ask who has consulted their collections. Upon their request we will provide them with the names of those who have viewed manuscripts from their collections, but we will not supply them with any other personal information.
Why do we ask if you are a computer or human?
This is a commonly used filter to prevent computer-created bogus accounts, which typically check all boxes on a form. We consider this a user-friendly alternative to Recaptcha and similar validation methods.