CurateND is the institutional repository for the University of Notre Dame.
It is for preserving and providing access to scholarship (e.g. articles, manuscripts, research data), pedagogical materials, and other
scholarly material the university has acquired (e.g. digitization of rare books, and the back catalog of the Notre Dame Press).
One of the largest collections is the Electronic Dissertations and Theses since 2005.
Who may use CurateND?
Anyone in the world may access the public content in CurateND.
People who have an valid NetID may log in to deposit items and to view files marked as "Notre Dame Only".
Do I need a special account to log in to CurateND?
No. Since CurateND is tied in to the central campus login, anyone with a valid university NetID may log in using the same NetID and password
used for other campus services, such as email.
Can anyone outside of ND deposit works?
No. Only people with a valid NetID can can deposit items.
If you don't have a valid NetID and the items you would like to deposit either were done with a project affiliated with Notre Dame,
or were done while you yourself were at Notre Dame, please contact CurateND support about the possibility of deposit.
Do people who leave or graduate from Notre Dame still have access to CurateND?
Anyone in the world can always view and download public content in CurateND.
People who leave or graduate from Notre Dame can only upload content and view private items until their university NetID is deactivated,
which usually happens a few months after leaving.
If you need continual access for some reason, you would need to find someone on campus to sponsor you to keep your NetID active.
How long is long term?
Long term means in perpetuity.
CurateND intends to keep publicly available items for as long as possible, and if something should happen to the University of Notre Dame
we will transfer content to other repositories for safe keeping.
Because of this, when depositing items into CurateND, one should try to provide enough context so that the content will make sense to those viewing them in 10 or 50 years.
What are persistent URLs?
A persistent URL (PURL) is a URL that does not break.
It is expected to work and return documents from CurateND for a long time, where a “long time” is more than ten years.
On CurateND, the URLs in the form https://curate.nd.edu/show/XXXXX and https://curate.nd.edu/download/XXXXX, where XXXXX is an
11 character identifier, are considered PURLs, and will be preserved even as the rest of the website evolves.
What is a DOI?
This is an acronym for digital object identifier, and it is a long-term identifier for a work.
A DOI can be turned into a persistent URL by prefixing it with https://doi.org/.
Any item in CurateND that has the publisher field filled out can be assigned a DOI.
What is a Creative Commons license?
A Creative Commons license is one of a set of licenses providing others various degrees of permission for use.
Some of these permissions require attribution, allow for commercial use and re-use, or permit others to make derivative works.
What other licensing options are available?
The button below lists information on each of the licenses available in CurateND.
How does one find something that was self-submitted?
Try searching for your work from inside CurateND itself.
You will need to log in if your work is not visible to the public.
How do I deposit a large number of collections or files?
If you have a large number of files—more than a dozen or so—please contact CurateND support, and we can work with you directly.
We have tools that can upload and organize large groups of files easily.
Is there a priority list or order for what can be archived?
The short answer to this question is, “No”.
The long answer is, “If you are an individual and you have individual things to contribute, then by all means, please do.
If you have many things to contribute, then let’s work together to get started.”
What does preservation mean? Can anyone edit the documents I deposit?
Preservation means we are concerned about keeping your files intact both today and tomorrow.
To do this we keep copies of your files, and we make sure they do not change over time.
If a copy should have an error or disappear, we will replace it using another copy.
We also pay attention to obsolete file formats (e.g. WordStar), and try to migrate your files into more modern formats.
Files and content is never deleted—new versions are stored alongside the old ones.
And we never edit your submitted files.
What is the process for digitizing collections from departments?
The process will vary from department to department.
If you have content that needs digitizing before being added to CurateND, please contact CurateND support.
Is there a concern that there will be a lot of junk data submitted? Is there a content review?
Yes, there is a review process.
Content that is deposited into CurateND is examined for various characteristics such as completeness and academic integrity.
How can I keep a work private, but still allow collaborators unaffiliated with the university to view it?
For now external collaborators can only view public content in the repository.
Is there a work type for unpublished materials?
No, items in the repository are centered around specific formats such as articles, books, data sets, collections, etc.
Pick the format that most closely matches your unpublished materials when depositing them.
What is the difference between an article and a document?
An article is a specific type of document.
Other types of documents may include a poster, an image, a spreadsheet, etc.
Is research done at the university property of the university or researcher?
This is a complicated question depending on the exact nature of your work and the kinds of items in your
research output (e.g. articles, software, data sets).
See University Policy on Intellectual Property for guidance.
Section 2.2 may be the most useful:
The University owns all copyrightable materials (including computer programs, software, or
multi-media productions) that are works made for hire under copyright law or that are
developed pursuant to University Work unless otherwise provided in this policy. Consistent
with long-standing academic tradition, the University does not normally claim ownership of
works such as textbooks, articles, papers, scholarly monographs, or artistic works. Creators
therefore retain copyright in such works, unless such works are created under a grant or
sponsored program that specifies ownership rights in some entity other than the Creator, such
works are the subject of a contract modifying ownership rights, or rights in such works are
otherwise addressed in this policy.
CurateND License Descriptions
CurateND offers the following licenses for deposited
The majority come from the set of Creative Commons licenses.
See these examples of
uses of Creative Commons licenses. CurateND originally offered 3.0 US licenses and continues to support them but has added support for Creative Commons 4.0 licenses and encourages those submitting new objects to consider using them instead.
All rights reserved With this license you—as the copyright holder—reserve all rights held under copyright law, such as for distribution and creation of derivative works. This means that no one can use your content in a work—such as a presentation or article—or create derivatives from it without your permission.
CC0 1.0 Universal With this license you are waiving your rights as copyright owner to the content you upload. This means your content may be distributed and reused without attribution, without restriction. CC0 is a license that one applies to one's own work; rarely does one apply it to another's work, unless one has the appropriate rights to do so.
Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC With this license you allow others to "remix, tweak, and build" on your content in non-commercial ways. While they must credit you as the original creator and while the remixed, tweaked, or expanded upon content must remain non-commercial, they do not have to apply identical license terms on the new content.
Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-ND With this license you share your work with others and allow them to download your work, provided they attribute you as the creator and refrain from changing the content in any way and from using it for commercial means.
Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA With this license you allow others to "remix, tweak, and build" on your content in non-commercial ways, provided they give you credit (as the original creator) and also apply the same license level to the newly resulting creations.
Creative Commons 3.0 BY-ND With this license you permit "redistribution, commercial and non-commercial," provided the content remains unaltered and intact (i.e., whole) and provided you are attributed as the original creator.
Creative Commons 3.0 BY-SA With this license you allow others to "remix, tweak, and build" on your deposited content, including for commercial uses, provided they attribute you as the original creator AND incorporate the same level of licensing (i.e., CC BY-SA) for the newly resulting creation. "All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
Creative Commons BY 3.0 United States
Creative Commons BY 3.0 Unported With this license you allow others to "distribute, remix, tweak, and build" on your deposited content—including for commercial purposes—provided they attribute you as the original creator. CurateND supports both the United States and International (Unported) versions of this license.
Creative Commons BY 4.0 With this license, you allow others to "distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials."
Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 With this license, you allow others to "remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms."
Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 With this license, you only allow others to "download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially."
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 With this license, you allow others to "remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms."
Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 With this license, you allow "redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as [the licensed object] is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you."
Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 With this license, you allow others to "remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to 'copyleft' free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects."
Public Domain Mark 1.0 When content is in the public domain, it has no known copyright owner.