Frequently Asked Questions
In addition, the CDR employs standards that allow materials to be discovered and indexed by public search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. This makes your work accessible for your continued research and the work of others. Works can also be restricted from public view.
Otherwise, the timeline depends on the size and complexity of the collection. CDR staff will first meet with you to find out more about your collection and become more familiar with the materials. CDR staff will coordinate preparation of technical data and transfer of the collection.
The CDR offers multiple rights statements for you to choose from. Please see the Rights Statements in the CDR page for more details.
The CDR offers multiple Creative Commons licenses for you to choose from. Please see the Licenses in the CDR page for more details.
For more information on reviewing student works in the CDR, please see the Reviewing works in the CDR page.
Masters papers, theses, dissertations and honors theses may not be edited without permission from the department. Contact us or your department to request a change.
For more information on Open Access, please see the Guide to Open Access and Scholarly Communications.
If you would like to remove work that you have deposited, you may log in to the CDR, navigate to the work and click the “Request Deletion” button. The Institutional Repository Librarian will review your request and if approved, remove the files associated with the work. Please note that the metadata associated with your work will remain accessible to the public. For more information, please see Withdrawal from the CDR.
File Formats and Storage
- Description of the content
- Amount of storage space needed
- Amount of time the extra storage space is needed
Note that your department may have set up a departmental storage allocation that might be available to you. Deposits to departmental storage are administered by a central departmental contact.
- Total size of the dataset is less than 2TB and you have available CDR space.
- Funder requirements for the archive
- Data is in final publishable form
- Dataset is free of personally identifiable information, copyright concerns
The data generated through this project will be hosted on the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), the institutional repository for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The CDR is designed and operated to ensure the integrity of digital files at a bitstream level. The CDR regularly verifies the integrity of files, maintains a record of preservation-related actions, and employs best practices in the field for persistent storage, including back-up and recovery procedures. Metadata accompanying the data will be submitted by the researcher upon deposit. The metadata will be made available for indexing in search engines to facilitate reuse of the content. The dataset will be accessible for at minimum 10 years, or as determined by the grant.
Examples of alternative repositories include:
UNC Dataverse: a data repository hosted by UNC’s Odum Institute, is an open source repository for sharing and preserving research data. The Odum Institute Data Archive staff are available to assist researchers with developing plans for data management, implementing data management plans, data curation and data archiving. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
The Dataverse Project was developed by Harvard IQSS and is an open source, web-based platform for sharing, preserving, citing, and exploring research data. The Odum Institute manages and maintains UNC’s Dataverse instance and works closely with Harvard IQSS on continuing development of the Dataverse platform to ensure it meets the needs of the research communities it serves.
Discipline-specific repositories: Many areas of study have their own data repositories and you may be eligible to deposit in them.
You do not need to take any action to approve honors theses in the CDR. Official approval occurs when you submit your list of approved theses to Honors Carolina. For more information, please contact Honors Carolina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honors Carolina allows students to restrict access (embargo) to their thesis for one or two years. To start this process, contact Honors Carolina at email@example.com.
When depositing your honors thesis, choose “Public” as your visibility option. This represents the desired visibility after the restrictions have expired. Honors will apply the embargo after deposit.
Honors Carolina publishes all honors theses after they verify your graduation date with the University Registrar. This process can take time. For updates, please contact Honors Carolina at firstname.lastname@example.org