FAQ: MOLA's research repository and the Shared Repository beta service

1. What content is held in the MOLA repository?

The repository houses material such as archaeological reports, journals and book references, data and conference papers.


2. Is everything available to download?

Where a full text copy of the item is held, it is available to read and download for your research. Sometimes publisher licence restrictions do not allow us to hold the full file; in those cases, an ‘Official URL’ link usually leads to the full item.


3. What kind of research does MOLA do?

Research agendas underpin all aspects of our work; from how our archaeological excavations are designed to the focus of post-excavation specialist analysis. We have a large in-house team of experts and work collaboratively with academics and multi-disciplinary specialists to create new knowledge of value to researchers and society at large.


4. Who can deposit content?

Items in the repository have at least one creator or contributor who is a member of MOLA. Many outputs are produced by MOLA departments rather than individuals, including many of the datasets in the repository.

Material not produced by or in association with MOLA is not eligible for inclusion.


5. Are MOLA's major collections held in the repository?

No, the repository contains only MOLA research. To find out more about MOLA's research, go to https://www.mola.org.uk/research-and-engagement


6. What is the ‘relevance’ order of search results?

When sorted by relevance, results are displayed according to an algorithm taking account of the frequency and position of the search terms within each item and across all content. Your search term might occur in the files as well or instead of the displayed metadata.

Note you can change the display order to show search results by date of publication.


7. Can I re-use the items for my research?

Research outputs are made available in the Repository on terms agreed with the authors/depositors of the outputs. As a user you may use the items only if you abide by the licence or other terms under which it has been released, e.g. the terms of a specific Creative Commons Licence. Where no licence is displayed, unless indicated otherwise items made publicly available in the Repository are protected by copyright with all rights reserved.

Sometimes individual files have their own file-level licences, and these may be different for each file where there's more than one. Look for licence information at the record level and also at the file level. Licence information is only displayed where known.


8. What is the Shared Research Repository?

The MOLA repository is part of a collaborative service which brings together the research outputs of a number of Independent Research Organisations (IROs), i.e. non-Higher Education organisations in receipt of public funding for their research. The Shared Research Repository provides a window on the research produced by such organisations through a single point of access and discovery.

Each partner has its own repository which can be searched separately, but you can also explore the combined content of all partners by clicking on the green ‘Shared Research Repository’ bar at the top of each page. When a search is done at this level, results indicate the museum, gallery, archive or library responsible for that research.


9. What IROs are involved in the pilot service and how is it managed?

The IROs are the British Museum, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), National Museums Scotland, the British Library and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The British Library hosts the shared service and is exploring options for extending the service.


10. What research outputs do the other repositories contain?

We are all UK cultural or heritage organisations – museums, galleries, archives, libraries and data institutions, and our research is often based around our collections. Items include “German music broadsheets, 1500 – 1550” (BL, book chapter); “Wild and Majestic: Romantic views of Scotland” (NMS, exhibition);A revision of Scleria (Cyperaceae) in Madagascar” (RBG Kew, journal article); “Pudding Mill Lane (Crossrail XSK10)” (MOLA, archaeological dig dataset); “Dolphins at the British Museum: Zoomorphic Calusa Sinkers” (British Museum, journal article).


11. How can I get in touch about an item in MOLA's repository?

For general enquiries, use the contact form from the Repository’s home page. If you are the owner of the copyright or related rights in any of the material in the Repository and you believe that use of this material infringes your intellectual property or any other rights, or you believe that the material may be subject to a third party ownership or another legal claim, please contact us in writing as indicated in the Contact page.

To enquire about an item held in any of the other repositories, consult the Terms of Use at the bottom of each repository.


12. How can I find out more?

We would be delighted to tell you more about our repository and the shared service. Simply send us an email to get in touch.