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We classify a "digital dissertation" as a non-traditional, born-digital dissertation. This means that a student's final work is beyond a simple PDF submitted to the University Graduate School. This could be as simple as including an extra video or data file- or as complex as having a dissertation hosted on a dynamic , proprietary web platform. 

Here are some examples of interactive digital object dissertations:


Unfortunately, not all file formats are supported in by our instance of DSpacerepository. Here's a quick guide to content that can be shared, and what format it is best shared in:

  • Traditional file formats: including PDF, Word, text documents, Open Office, slide decks, image formats, etc. Here's a formal list:
  • Script/code: Script and code can be saved, as long as it it preserved in a text file. 
  • Video: We do NOT preserve video directly, although we can host video on MCO and then create an item record in IUSW: Adding Video to stream from MCO (Media Collections Online)
  • Data: Datasets under 200 MB can be directly uploaded to IUSW, while larger files are stored in SDA and then linked to the item record: IUSW Data Large File Deposit Workflow
  • File archives: ZIP and TAR files, which hold a large archive of content, can be stored as a single file. This is goof good for a single item that has many files, but only wants users to allowing readers to only have to download content once.

Noticeably, the only major type of file that can NOT be shared is dynamic web content. This means that webpages themselves can not be saved- although the various HTML, CSS, JS, and other files that make up the web page can be preserved in those formats as text files, the entire page as it appears can not be preserved- as it requires these various files to interact in a way not possible within the system.