Last updated Dec 8, 2011
This website aims to provide you with key information about the UK Biobank. We hope you will find this website easy to use and enlightening. This site has been redeveloped by the UK Biobank in conjunction with fourquarters IS Ltd.
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Our policy on link usage and contact for further details.
Assistance with web technologies used on the site.
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Our handling of your personal information.
All material contained on the UK Biobank website is protected by copyright laws, documented in our Disclaimer.
UK Biobank encourages and permits links to its website, and it is not necessary to request permission to make any such links. However, we do reserve the right to request the removal of any link.
The UK Biobank logo may not be used without prior permission, which may be requested by emailing Feedback Form. A link to UK Biobank site must not be used to imply endorsement of your website, related products or services, or for any other commercial purposes. Your site must not conflict with the aims of UK Biobank.
If you require a descriptive text about UK Biobank to use on your site, you may use the following:
“ UK Biobank is a long-term national project to build a detailed resource for health researchers. It will follow the health of more than 500,000 UK volunteers aged 40-69 years when recruited for many decades
UK Biobank is funded by the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Wellcome Trust medical research charity. The project hopes to help approved researchers to develop new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and dementia. ”
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- It is not supplied directly in return for commercial gain.
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UK Biobank’s site does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging the user’s IP address and session information such as the duration of the visit and the type of browser used. This is recognised by the Web server and is only used for system administration and to provide statistics which UK Biobank uses to evaluate use of the site.
Summary of Terms
Used to locate and display Web pages via a software application. The most popular ones are Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser in a text file called cookie.txt. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. A cookie’s main objective is to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.
IP (Internet Protocol)
All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.
If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this 188.8.131.52
Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.