ORDO & ORO: content guidance

Content that should be added to ORDO include:

  • Research datasets (audio, visual and tabular)
  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Templates used to conduct research
  • Consent forms (not completed)
  • Participant Information sheets 
  • Recordings, presentations and posters from events that are part of a research project
  • Software

Content that should be added to ORO include:

  • Journal Articles
  • Authored Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Edited Volumes
  • Conference Papers
  • Blogs
  • Reports
  • Theses
  • Patents
  • Presentations, lectures, posters (from events disseminating research)
  • Articles in professional publications

Connections between research data in ORDO and the related research dissemination in ORO should be made with persistent identifiers – Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for the outputs and ORCIDs for the people.

Exceptions and edge cases

Some outputs will not fit neatly into either category, exceptions will occur and should be dealt with on a case-by-case nature e.g.,

  • Research Websites - can be archived in partnership with The Open University Archive.  The archived website (WARC file) can be archived in ORDO and viewed through a standalone viewer.  Individual assets from research websites (e.g., publications, research data) can be added to ORO, ORDO or OUDA (Open University Digital Archive) as appropriate.
  • Databases - the data underlying a database should be archived in ORDO (as research data) the functionality of the database may not be easily archived but (if still functional) can be signposted from ORO/ORDO as appropriate.
  • Software - Software should be added to ORDO utilising the connection to GitHub where appropriate.  If a separate record in ORO is required a metadata only record should be created linking to the file(s) in ORDO. 
  • Events
    • Formal collections of research papers presented at a research dissemination event should be lodged in ORO with an OU (co)editor (personal or group). 
    • Individual papers presented at an event disseminating research findings should be posted to ORO
    • Research lectures should go on ORO.  Video files may be located elsewhere (e.g. OUDA) to aid preservation and/or playback.
    • Where a research event is part of the doing of research (they may involve collecting research data) they can be posted to ORDO. This is particularly the case where there is a requirement for an ORDO Collection around a research project.

Outputs from the impact of research: evidence of research impact

  • Non-public evidence of research impact should go to Sharepoint (e.g. policy changes, practice guidelines, testimonials). Contact your Faculty Research Impact Manager or RES: Research Impact, Outputs and Outcomes (requires login).
  • Formal evidence to be made public (e.g., a report on research impact) can go to ORO


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