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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

General questions:

What is RDM @CPUT?
What kind of software has to be installed on your PC?
Which type of documents are supported by RDM@CPUT?
What is the advantage of document management with RDM?
How do I get access to RDM@CPUT?

Technical questions?

Can I edit records subsequently?
What is the maximum size of the upload?
Which kind of formats should be used?

Can I use the CC license for my documents?

General Questions

What is RDM@CPUT?

RDM@CPUT is a central document and publication server hosted by CPUT Libraries. It supports the publication of digital documents and primary data as well as the multimedia used in research and teaching. With RDM@CPUT you can:

  • Manage digital objects in your individual work space
  • Upload documents yourself and create your own folder structure
  • Index your objects through metadata using individually adjustable input forms
  • Make your collection available to individuals, the faculty, campus-wide or freely accessible on the web
  • Search your own collection or the whole content of RDM@CPUT
  • Select, export and edit documents using a shopping cart feature
  • Collect and process primary data

What kind software has to installed on your PC?

RDM@CPUT can be used with a web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera). To read the PDF files you need the Adobe reader (or a comparable program), which you can download here.

Which type of documents are supported by RDM@CPUT?
RDM@CPUT can be used for two types of documents:
1. Electronic Publishing
PDF files, digital images and other documents including theses, dissertations and articles can be stored at RDM@CPUT and made available world-wide using open access.
Please respect copyright! If you have published an article with a professional publisher it is absolutely essential to check your rights for making the publication available electronically.
2. Collections of documents for special user groups 
These may include primary research data, analysed data, log files or unfinished research papers shared between selected individuals or groups.
What is the advantage of document management with RDM@CPUT?
The rights management of RDM@CPUT allows different user groups to be allocated  rights to access, edit and/or download documents and access to collections to be restricted to selected user groups if desired.
 How do I get access to RDM @CPUT?
Please  e-mail We will contact you as soon as possible.
Technical Questions
Can I edit records subsequently?
It is not possible to edit a dissertation after publishing it. For articles a new version can be created. There are no rules for changes in internal collections; you can delete records, change them, upload new files, etc.
What is the maximum size of a file to upload?
In principle there is no limit to size and quantity of digital objects, but there are two considerations to be taken into account: 1, Browsers may have trouble displaying files that are larger than 50 MB and 2,  Uploading and downloading of large files could take very long. It is therefore recommended that the file compression be checked.
Which kind of file formats should be used?
Use the PDF format for articles only. The file should not have any security restrictions, e.g. password protection. Embed the used fonts and digital elements (like pictures) in the PDF file. It is not possible to upload other document formats (e.g. word processing program). The following image formats are supported: gif, tif, jpg, png and bmp. Videos have to be in the Flash format (flv). For long-term archiving the mgp format is necessary.
Can I choose a CC (Creative Commons)license for my documents?
You can opt to select a CC license for your document or data. The CC license and a link to more information about the license will be shown with the document view.