We’ve answered some of your questions about the diss.course platform below; they range from questions on ownership and IP, to how to get involved with our community.
I'm a University With Questions:
No – the author of the dissertation has full ownership of their work (Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988). Our platform is an opportunity for students to give an overview of their findings and generate new conversations. The diss.course project only requires a summary of the essay.
We want to work with universities to provide an additional platform for research and for students to showcase their work, and we do not ask for, or publish dissertations or essays. We work with projects that may have been written last year, or 100 years ago, to amplify voices and thoughts that may not have been heard.
We do not publish whole dissertations; upon request, authors can be contacted by readers to discuss their ideas. Colechi will encourage that all ideas are referenced correctly if used in others’ future work.
We want this information to be available to everyone so this will be free for everyone to access. We are fundraising and gaining sponsors in order to allow it to continue being a free service.
Share with your community, fill out our survey, chat with us or give us a call to learn more about the project.
If you’d like to contribute to diss.course, express your interest to email@example.com or fill out this survey.