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Guide to the Open Repository @Binghamton (The ORB): Home

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The Open Repository @Binghamton, also known as The ORB is Binghamton University's institutional repository, a service provided by Binghamton University Libraries, designed to store, showcase, and share the scholarly and creative output of Binghamton University faculty, staff, and students. 

With The ORB, Binghamton scholars can make their work discoverable through major search engines like Google, Google Scholar, and Bing and access their download metrics. The ORB also allows for the creation of profiles and open access journals

For questions contact the site administrator

Head of Digital Initiatives and Resource Discovery

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Erin Rushton
Phone: 607-777-2706

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What type of content can be submitted to the ORB?

Uploads into the ORB are intended to be open access. Copyright permissions should be considered when uploading content, but everything will be reviewed before it is posted publicly. So what are some examples of works uploaded into the ORB? Conference works, open educational resources, accepted manuscripts, original photography, video, or audio that showcases research, datasets, creative works such as poetry, art, or visualizations. etc. These works are meant to showcase the expertise, research, and talents of Binghamton University faculty, staff, and students.

How can I showcase works that are mostly visual?

The ORB's standard template is called a series, it provides a list of content with a hyperlinked title and author(s), but if you want to showcase that is more visual book gallery or image gallery templates can be applied. Contact to investigate options.

What should I know about file size and file format?

The ORB accepts the commonly used file formats associated with documents, images, video, audio, and presentations. For text documents, PDF is the recommended format but others can also be uploaded.  If you have trouble uploading a specific format, contact, settings may need to be changed.

Although the ORB can handle large file sizes, files smaller than two gigabytes will speed up download times. 

What should I do if I have a relevant submission but I cannot find a relevant folder for the work?

Folders are created on an as-needed basis. If you believe a new folder should be created for your work(s) please contact

What about accessibility?

 Authors or creators who submit content to the ORB should make efforts to comply with federal accessibility guidelines (see the law, section 508, If you have further questions contact the University’s Office of Services for Students with Disabilities( or find guidelines for file types through

What type of metadata (or descriptive information) is necessary for a submission?

The standard required metadata fields are: title, author, date but others fields may vary based on the folder. If you're interested in creating a new folder for a group of works, metadata can be customized, contact for more information.

What happens to my uploaded work if I leave the University or graduate?

Works deposited in the ORB are meant to be stored for the foreseeable future. The Libraries will not remove anything from the repository unless it conflicts with copyright or the author has requested that the item should be removed.

Do I retain copyright over my works?

Yes, the copyright for works that are uploaded into the ORB is retained by the author, creator, or copyright holder(s); no copyright is transferred to Binghamton University or the University Libraries. However, by sharing work in the ORB, contributors are providing the Libraries with the right to use, display, distribute, transmit, copy, reproduce, archive, or otherwise make accessible. Each contributor who wishes to submit a digital work is required to agree to a formal submission agreement. This agreement describes the intellectual property rights and responsibilities of the contributor. In order to submit works into the ORB, each contributor must hold the copyright (either solely or jointly) or have permission from the copyright owner.



(refer to the Publisher Permission Guide in the left column for more details and links)