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J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

3D Designs on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech

A guide for including 3D designs and associated files in Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech

Step 1. Review Policies

Read the Policies for Husky Makers Collection page to ensure that your content is an appropriate fit. These policies are in place in part to make sure that the Library is legally able to include your content in the repository, so it's important that you understand them. 

Step 2. Write a Readme File

Create your readme file. This document provides end-users with the context and information necessary to understand, recreate, and potentially alter your design. In its final form, this must be a plain text file format, such as .txt. The document below contains instructions and a template that you may use to guide the creation of your readme file.


Step 3. Write a Project Narrative

Put together your project narrative. This document tells the story of your design and provides users with insight into how and why your design was developed, and how others can recreate it. In it's final form, it should be a PDF file.

Step 4. Select a Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Licenses are free, standardized licenses that communicate how users are legally allowed to access and use your content. The copyright holder of content (you!) decides what license to apply from the 6 possible options. Check out the Copyright and Creative Commons tab to learn more.

Step 5. Sign the Submission Agreement

Sign the submission agreement. This document ensures that the Library is legally able to make your work accessible on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, so it's important that you understand what you're signing.

For more information on Copyright, check out the Copyright and Creative Commons tab.

Step 6. Fill out the Submission Form

This form tells the Library which important pieces of information to include in the repository with your design files. Accurate and complete information helps to make it findable on the Digital Commons repository and in search engines like Google. You will also attach your Submission Agreement, Readme file, Project Narrative, and a screenshot/photo of your design here.

Receiving this form and the attachments alerts the library that you're ready to submit your design file(s). They'll reach out to you about the next step: reviewing all of the info in this form and delivering your files.

Step 7. Review and Deliver Your Files

A librarian will reach out to you when your submission form is received. They'll arrange a consultation (phone, virtual, or in-person) to review your materials and any questions you have. You'll then decide together on the best way to deliver your design file(s). Potential options include (but aren't limited to) email, google drive, dropbox, or flash drive. 

Step 8. Celebrate!

When the submission process is complete, the library will send you the URL for your design file(s) on the Digital Commons repository. Congratulations! You've just completed an important and essential process for making your work available to the world. Your design is now shared legally with clear reuse terms and will be managed faithfully long-term.