Once deposited, content should not normally be modified. If the description of the content (its metadata) is incorrect, the depositor may send a request and explanation of the error and its correction to the eCommons administrators. Reasonable corrections to metadata will be made by eCommons staff.
Requests to create a new version, replace, or remove content are addressed according to the following policies.
Creating a new version is the preferred approach when:
File replacements are made sparingly and at the discretion of eCommons administrators. Users making such requests do so at their own risk. eCommons administrators do not retain and cannot reinstate older versions of files that have been replaced.
Complete replacement of a file requires justification from the requestor. The requestor must note in their request the specific changes that have been made, in order to allow eCommons staff to assess the request. Examples of reasonable requests for replacement include:
There are some cases in which a replacement cannot be made, such as when a request pertains to an official record such as a thesis or dissertation that has been formally approved.
eCommons is intended to provide persistent access to deposited material. As such, requests for removal or withdrawal are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must include a justification for the request. If a request is approved, eCommons administrators will take one of the following actions, depending on the circumstances:
Cornell University Library reserves the right to withdraw content that is libelous, an invasion of privacy, or that does not reflect the nature of the Collection to which the work was submitted.
A request for removal should be directed to the eCommons administrators and include the reasons for withdrawal. eCommons staff may contact the requestor for additional information.