Service name


Service description

ZEDHIA is a publicly accessible interactive online archive. The platform provides digitalised, indexed information files on Central European economic history and genealogy. The publications collected in ZEDHIA currently (as at January 2018) run to around 3196 volumes with over 1.1 million pages and also cover the history of Austrian companies from 1868 to 2003.

Access via federated identity management

In the case in question, access to ZEDHIA is via ACOnet Identity Federation and eduGAIN. The institution used for logging on sends a unique identifier for the accessing person to ZEDHIA. 
Administration of the personal details resides with the institution; Compass-Verlag GmbH receives the user ID but does not process any other personal details that may be sent by the institutions.

Type of processed personal details

Unique user ID: Using the ID that is sent by your institution at the time of use, we are able to allocate profiles and collections created by you to you again


person details that are contained in your collections.

Sharing of data

The user ID is not passed to third parties by Compass unless Compass is obligated to disclose it on the basis of statutory provisions (e.g. statutory obligations to cooperate in criminal proceedings). The user ID is supplied as a feature in evaluations for queries and arrangements with the respective institutions.

The collections created by the respective users with any personal details are saved by Compass, while administration is performed by the users themselves.

Legal basis for the data processing

Processing is necessary for the 

  • Fulfilment of a contract that benefits the data subject as he/she obtains access to ZEDHIA. 
  • Further storage is required for the fulfilment of a legal obligation that the party responsible (=Compass) is subject to, namely obligations to provide evidence in respect of the accounting

Responsible data processor including contact details

Compass-Verlag GmbH
Matznergasse 17
A-1140 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 / 1 / 981 16-127 sales and general inquiries
Fax: +43 / 1 / 981 16-111
Company register: Company number FN 124277k, Vienna Commercial Court
Contact person: Mag. Christian Benesch

Data privacy matters:

Applicable law and place of jurisdiction

The place of jurisdiction is Vienna; Austrian law shall apply.

Data retention period and deletion concept

The data is retained for the statutory period of obligations to provide evidence for the accounting, after which the data will be deleted.

Rights of the data subject

The rights of the data subjects pursuant to Section III DSGVO concerning personal details may only be asserted against Compass-Verlag GmbH with regard to the sent unique user ID.

The assertion of rights regarding other personal details can only be made against the respective institution as identity provider, since Compass Verlag GmbH does not process any data other than the user ID. 

The user can delete and amend any collections they have created on the platform.