Frequently Asked Questions



What are the benefits of a nationwide solution?

The repository eliminates redundant and costly local investments by enabling participating institutions to rapidly publish and access all types and formats of digital materials using the repository hardware, software and staff. At the same time, each participating institution's repository looks like an extension of its virtual campus and Web site, and appears as if it were hosted on the institution's own servers. Content submission is easy; institutions and communities can add content online and control how that content is shared. End users can quickly discover resources available from their school or the entire nationwide commons.  
The repository represents a commitment to content access and preservation that is different from other options. We value preservation of the scholarly record and long-term, open access to knowledge.

What benefits does the repository offer to faculty and researchers?

Faculty members, researchers and other contributors will appreciate being able to store, share and preserve their research, digital learning objects and publications. The repository enables faculty and researchers to distribute research results to worldwide audiences quickly—which will likely lead to increased visibility and impact—or limit availability to a single colleague. Faculty will also appreciate a central resource for finding learning objects and course materials from colleagues statewide. The repository also enables contributors to maintain ownership of their work and permanently control who sees it.

What benefits does the repository offer to students?

The repository provides students with a versatile resource for sharing and showcasing theses, dissertations and other research projects as well as accessing course materials, research and learning objects to support their learning.

Why should institutions trust the repository with their content?

Regular offsite tape and disk backup will ensure the long-term safety, security and preservation of content contributed to the commons. The repository offers not only a promise of high availability for today's needs, but also the commitment to long-term preservation of the content. Academic libraries have come together to create this preservation solution for digital content, because we believe that acting in concert is the best way to successfully safeguard digital research of Tunisia.

How does submitting content to the repository affect copyright?

In accepting content for the repository, the repository only obtains a non-exclusive right to make the content available to the chosen user access level. Ownership of the content remains with the institution or contributor as determined locally. Choosing a copyright license is quick and simple, as authors can specify a Creative Commons license when contributing an item to the repository.

What file formats can institutions submit to the repository?

We accept multiple formats and multiple files per paper, such as a main PDF file with supplementary data files. As an overall rule, repository recommends file formats that are platform-independent, vendor-independent, non-proprietary, stable, widely supported.
Preferred formats include for formatted documents: Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files should have all fonts embedded and may not disable printing or text access. PDF files being uploaded to Proquest/UMI must be unlocked (no security options selected).For spreadsheets or data files: Comma-separated values or other delimited text.
For reasons of long-term accessibility and preservation, repository strongly discourages documents in proprietary word processing formats such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Repository will not accept executable binary files if alternatives are available.