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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

If the text in DUO reads: "RESTRICTED ACCESS: May only be viewed with written permission from the author", a written consent from the author will be needed in order to access the document. The consent needs to state the purpose for which consent is given. Citing and quoting a text is only permissible when this is stated in an author’s consent. Contact the relevant faculty library when you have obtained written consent.

If the text in DUO reads: "RESTRICTED ACCESS: Researchers and students may view the thesis. Please contact the library for permission to access the thesis", researchers and students may access the thesis. Contact the relevant faculty library for information on how to request access. Citing or quoting the text is not allowed.

If the text in DUO reads: "The thesis is not available online. Please contact the library for a printed copy", contact the relevant faculty library responsible for the thesis' subject. You will be permitted access to a printed edition of the thesis on the library premises. Citing or quoting the text is not permitted.

Copyright

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Published Apr 12, 2011 10:34 AM - Last modified Mar 19, 2014 08:30 AM