Metadata Policy for information describing items in the repository
Grade: Metadata re-use permitted for not-for-profit purposes
1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge. 2. The metadata may be re-used without prior permission in any medium for any purpose, provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record is given.
Data Policy for full-text and other full data items
Grade: Commercial re-use of full data items permitted
All items in the repository are available under the Creative Commons Attribution License version 2.5.
Content Policy for types of document & data set held
Grade: Content policies defined
The Harvard College Thesis Repository consists of undergraduate theses written in Harvard College.
Submission Policy concerning depositors, quality & copyright
Grade: Submission policies defined
1. Only undergraduate theses written in Harvard College may be submitted. 2. The administrators only vet items for relevance to the scope of the repository and valid use of metadata. 3. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor. 4. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors. 5. If Harvard College Thesis Repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.
Grade: Preservation policies defined
1. Items will be retained indefinitely. 2. Harvard College Thesis Repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility, by migrating items to new file formats or by other means. 3. Harvard College Thesis Repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice. 4. The original bit stream is retained for all items, in addition to any upgraded formats. 5. Items may not normally be removed from Harvard College Thesis Repository. 6. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include: (a) proven copyright violation or other legal requirements; (b) plagiarism; (c) falsified research. 7. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view. 8. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely. 9. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories. 10. Changes to deposited items are not permitted, but if necessary, an updated version may be deposited.