Astrid Bovell on May 10th, 2011
A word from the Digital Repositories Team
We hope you’re familiar with the need to seek permission for 3rd party copyright materials in your thesis before making it available to all in UMER. If you don’t have permission to make this material openly accessible, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your entire thesis needs to be restricted from public view (meaning the metadata record and abstract would be visible, but not the full text).
Another option is to deposit a full and complete version of your thesis into UMER, as required under the University’s Academic Board Policy for Research Higher Degree Thesis Examination (Mandatory Digital Thesis), and have this version restricted. An edited version of your work can be on open access with the 3rd party copyright materials, such as illustrations, removed or obscured. It’s also possible for the Digital Repositories Team staff to restrict sections of your thesis while leaving the remainder openly accessible, for example transcripts of interviews (medical or personal in nature) in a separate appendix can be restricted and the main work can be open.
If you have concerns about 3rd party copyright material in your thesis please seek advice from the Copyright Office, and feel free to contact the Digital Repositories Team to discuss the options that may be available to make your thesis partially open access.