Depositing multiple components for your final thesis record

Overview

If your final thesis consists of multiple components (including whole websites or files made available online) that are an integral part of the thesis, you must deposit copies of these components into the University of Melbourne Institutional Repository (Minerva Access) via TES alongside the written component.

There is no requirement to deposit your index of changes, research data, ethics approval or other similar files that are important to your candidature but that are not an integral component of your final thesis. It is expected that all files and components submitted as part of your final thesis would be agreed in discussion with your supervisors and Chair of Examiners.

File size limits

There is no file size limit for files in Minerva Access, however keep in mind that larger files take longer for users to download and view the files. It is recommended file size be kept under 500 MB  where possible.

You may upload multiple files to TES, however there is a file size limit of 100 MB. If your files are larger than 100 MB, you will need to upload these using a filesharing service. The University’s supported file sharing service is CloudStor which you can access using your University login details. After uploading your files, share the CloudStor link with the Examinations Office.

File naming

If you refer to your file/s throughout the body of your thesis, it is important to ensure the digital files are named in a way that makes sense in the context of your thesis for ease of access by future researchers, e.g., chapter number, page number, figure number, name of piece, etc.

If you have made direct links to online content from within the body of your thesis PDF, these links will remain active only for as long as the online content remains available. Consider carefully how you reference the files/content in your thesis. Once the online content ceases to be available, future researchers will need to be guided by what you have called these links to locate the relevant uploaded file or webpage in the archived version of your website.

File formats

There is no limitation on the file format you can deposit into Minerva Access. However, when making decisions on file formats, you should consider the ongoing access and preservation of your files.

Audio and audio-visual files

You can choose to make your audio/audio-visual files in Minerva Access available for download and/or available for online streaming. If you would like the files to be made available for streaming, contact the Minerva Access team once you have deposited your files and received confirmation that your thesis is in the repository.

If you have made your audio/audio-visual files available on an online streaming platform to facilitate examination, you must still upload a copy of the original files when depositing the final copy of your thesis.

Proprietary file formats or files that require special software

Proprietary file formats or file formats that require special software can be deposited into Minerva Access, however, be aware that the files will only be accessible to other researchers who have access to the required software. This may impact your audience’s ability to view your thesis in its entirety and limit their understanding of your thesis. In addition to providing the original files, consider providing alternative representations for researchers who do not have access to the required software now and in the future. Alternative representations could take the form of screenshots, video capture, or files converted to another format, etc.

Websites

We recommend you provide a link to the live website, along with the required archived version of the website, or alternative representation, for future researchers.

1. Link to live website

A link to the live website will be added to the record in the Minerva Access repository and will be publicly displayed and accessible by the public for as long as the website is available.

Please send the URL through to the Minerva Access team once you have deposited your thesis and received confirmation that your thesis is in the repository.

2. Archive website or alternative representation

A version of the website must be provided as it was at the time it was submitted for examination and/or accepted by the Chair of Examiners.

WARC (web archive file) is the internationally recognised archival format for websites. Refer to this article for more information on web archiving and available archiving services: Record Services - Archiving your research website.

Archive your website using your tool of choice and deposit a copy of the WARC file along with your thesis. If the archived version of the website is also available online (e.g. through Archive-it), the URL can also be added to the record for your thesis in Minerva Access. You may choose to make this URL publicly visible or restricted. If restricted, it will be made visible if your live website ceases to be available. Send the URL through to the Minerva Access team once you have deposited your thesis and received confirmation that your thesis is in the repository. The Minerva Access team will add the URL to your thesis repository record.

If your website contains dynamic or interactive features, you may choose to provide an alternative representation of the website. You should discuss with your supervisor what the best representation of your website will be.

Some possible suggested alternative representations include:

  • Video screen capture illustrating dynamic features
  • Screenshots of static webpages
  • Image/video/audio files used on the website
  • Website source code

Emerging technologies

File formats emanating from emerging technologies may not yet have an accepted preservation standard type. You must also be aware that proprietary formats tied to a specific system, software or online platform may not be accessible by all current or future users.

Consider providing alternative representations to aid access and preservation.

Where to get help

If you have any questions, please contact the Minerva Access team.

Please be aware that the team are not experts in all technologies that you may have chosen to use for your thesis, but we will endeavour to provide assistance where possible .

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