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Restricting access to master's theses in DUO

All master's theses shall be delivered in full-text to DUO. Master's theses must be restricted if they contain information that is subject to a duty of secrecy. Students may also choose to delay or decline electronic availability. 

Restriction required by law

Master's theses that contain information that is subject to a statutory duty of secrecy shall be restricted. The rules about secrecy are set out in section 13 of the Norwegian Public Administration Act. Restrictions are registered in Studentweb.

The regulations concernnig statutory duty of secrecy apply to the following information*:

  • information about an individual’s personal affairs.
  • information about technical devices and procedures as well as operational or business matters which for competitive reasons it is important to keep secret in the interests of the person whom the information concerns.
  • information subject to a duty of secrecy which the researcher obtains from an administrative agency, information received from private sources upon pledge of secrecy in connection with the research.
  • information concerning persons who are dependent upon the body (school, hospital, institution, enterprise, public authority etc.) which has arranged for their contact with the researcher.

The duty of secrecy according to section 13 shall not prevent information from being used when no legitimate interest indicates that it should be kept secret, for example when it is generally known or generally accessible elsewhere (point 3 of section 13a).

* The summary of regulations concerning statutory secrecy is not complete.

Delayed online availability

Students may decide that their master's thesis can be published after a certain number of years (up to five years). This is registered in Studentweb when handing in the thesis, and may be used for instance if the students wish to continue working on the material towards a PhD or other publication.

The author's name, the thesis title and the summary (if registered) will be available in DUO. The students may choose not to register a summary to be available online.

Not available online

The students may decide that their master's thesis should not be available online. This is registered in Studentweb when handing in the thesis.

The author's name, the thesis title and the summary (if registered) will be available in DUO. The students may choose not to register a summary to be available online.

Use of restricted theses

We have made a summary of various restrictions on documents in DUO, and how to gain access.

Copyright

Please refer to our information page concerning copyright issues.

Published Apr 12, 2011 10:34 AM - Last modified May 24, 2016 02:05 PM