Depositor services

As an SDR depositor, you can:

Manage your content

A number of features are available to support management of your content, both at the time of deposit and thereafter. You can:

  • Deposit and describe the material (provide metadata) so that others find your content in online search engines and the library catalog. The deposit form and file upload process are simple, and we are available to guide you if needed.

  • Apply a license to make clear the terms under which your content may be used, re-used, attributed, etc. The SDR currently offers optional Creative Commons and Open Data Commons licenses. Information about a license will be clearly displayed with the content online. We encourage licensing so online researchers understand how they may use your content. 

  • Delay the release of content by applying an embargo for a specific period of time (typically no more than three years). Embargo may be appropriate when you need managed storage for archiving the content while deferring access pending further data collection, analysis, publication of results, etc. 

  • Update the content by modifying the description or files. The most recent version will be available to users online; previous versions may be accessed upon request. 

Share your content

The SDR makes it easy for you to publish your content. Each deposit gets a:

  • Persistent URL, or PURL, that can be used to create a durable link. Citations that reference your PURL will reliably lead other researchers to your work. It is possible to reserve a PURL for supplemental information to be published in concert with articles submitted for publication.

  • Catalog record in SearchWorks, Stanford's primary access point for library and information resources. Thousands of people at Stanford and across many academic and scientific communities use SearchWorks every day. 

Preserve your content

Content of scholarly value requires more than standard file back-up. 

  • Preservation Core: At the heart of the SDR is a highly-secure, managed storage environment where the bits and bytes comprising the deposited files are protected from data corruption and loss. Files are stored redundantly and are periodically audited to detect inadvertent change.

  • Digital Preservation Network: The SDR is a founding member of DPN, a federation of cultural heritage and higher education institutions working together to ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to digital preservation.

And more

SDR Services extend well beyond the repository system itself. We also offer: