I am a Repository Manager conducting research at Washington University in St. Louis on ETD embargo trends. I started this research after realizing that we have a serious embargo issue at our university due to the way our repository was introduced to students and faculty over a decade ago. This issue is that we have a considerable amount of ETDs under heavy embargoes (100 year/indefinite embargo).
I am comparing embargo policies of other institutions, including embargo trends overtime amongst grad and phd students and across a variety of disciplines.
I'm searching for anyone who would be willing to share data from their IR that provides insight into the above information at their institution. This is the type of data I'm looking for. The fields with a star next to them are marked as the most necessary:
Title (or just a unique identifier)
The author's school and/or department
*Document type (whether it's a thesis or dissertation)
*Embargo lift date or duration
At the moment this research is only being used for internal purposes to help improve our policies and access to WashU research but my hope is to publish a paper with my findings to provide other institutions, that may be in a similar situation, with some insight on embargo trends across multiple institutions today.
If you are interested in supporting this research or have any questions, please feel free to email me at the email address below. Any help would be greatly appreciate!
Laurier Cress (she/her) | Repository Services Manager
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Digital Library Program Services | Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis
Open Scholarship Institutional Repository
Sherry Lake | she/her/hers | Scholarly Repository Librarian | shL...@virginia.edu | @shLakeUVA | University of Virginia Library, 160 N. McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904 | P.O. Box 400152 | 434-924-6730 | LinkedIn Profile | orcid.org/0000-0002-5660-2970 | “Keeper of the Dataverse"
"Choose from three access options when submitting your ETD:
Immediate public access: All information and files for the ETD are immediately available to the public.
Access restricted to Virginia Tech for one year: Metadata about the ETD (title, author, etc.) is immediately available to the public. However, the files are only available to VT-affiliated IP addresses for one year. Non-VT users may complete the request-a-copy form for the files, which is forwarded to the author to fulfill or deny. This option is intended for students who wish to restrict access prior to publication.
Withhold all access for one year: Most metadata about the ETD (title, author, etc.) is immediately available to the public, but files are embargoed for one year. Users may complete the request-a-copy form for the files, which is forwarded to the author to fulfill or deny."
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