About SHURDA

SHURDA is our catalogue of datasets that are produced by researchers at SHU and preserved at the University or elsewhere. SHURDA is also a repository for digital as well as non-digital research data. Datasets that are registered in SHURDA can be linked to publications deposited in our open access repository for publications, SHURA (without the D for Data).

For more information, read the University's research data management policy, visit the University's research data management guidance website, or contact library-research-support@shu.ac.uk.

SHURDA Policies

Metadata Policy for information describing items in the repository

  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  2. The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given.
  3. The metadata must not be re-used in any medium for commercial purposes without formal permission.

Data Policy for full-text and other full data items

  1. Access to some or all full items is controlled.
  2. All full items are individually tagged with differing rights permissions and conditions.
  3. This repository is not the publisher; it is merely the online archive.
  4. Mention of the repository is appreciated but not mandatory.

Content Policy for types of document & data set held

  1. This is an institutional or departmental repository.
  2. The repository is restricted to: Datasets
  3. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy concerning depositors, quality & copyright

  1. Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the organisation, or their delegated agents.
  2. The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, relevance to the scope of the repository, valid layout & format, and the exclusion of spam.
  3. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the author/depositor.
  4. Items can be deposited at any time, but will not be made publicly visible until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  5. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  6. If the repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.

Preservation Policy

  1. Items will be retained for at least 10 years from the date of deposition.
  2. The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
    1. Items will be migrated to new file formats where necessary.
    2. It may not be possible to guarantee the readability of some unusual file formats.
  3. The 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 the repository.
  6. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    1. Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    2. Legal requirements and proven violations
    3. National Security
    4. Falsified research
  7. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
  8. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained transiently.
  9. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories, with:
    1. a link to a replacement version, where available
    2. a note explaining the reasons for withdrawal
  10. The metadata of withdrawn items will not be searchable.
  11. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
  12. Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
  13. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
    1. The earlier version may be withdrawn from public view.
    2. The item's persistent URL will always link to the latest version.
    3. There will be links between earlier and later versions, with the most recent version clearly identified.
  14. Items are allocated a checksum to facilitate the detection of alterations.
  15. In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.

More details

Contact library-research-support@shu.ac.uk for further details.