Open Repository (ORB) and Digital Preservation Services

The Libraries support open scholarship and digital preservation, whether born digital or digitized, by utilizing two distinct systems: Rosetta and the ORB.

The focus of the open repository and digital preservation services are the unique collections owned by the Libraries and University and the open-access scholarly content created by Binghamton University scholars. The goals of the open repository and digital preservation services include:

  • Capture, promote and showcase Binghamton University's research and scholarly output
  • Increase Binghamton University's visibility, status and pubic value by making local collections and scholarship more accessible globally
  • Support long-term preservation of and access to local collections and scholarship

What Is the Difference Between Rosetta and the ORB?

Rosetta is a digital preservation system designed to ensure data integrity and access over time. Items added to Rosetta are intended to be preserved indefinitely. Material added to Rosetta can be made publicly accessible via the Libraries’ discovery catalogue, FindIt! or placed in a private “dark” archive.

The ORB is a platform where faculty, students, and scholars from the Binghamton University community can share and discover scholarly and creative works.  Uploads into the ORB are intended to be open access. 

Why Would One System Be More Appropriate than the Other for Certain Content?

Rosetta provides an environment where digitized or born-digital can be managed and preserved.  In order to support sustainable access to content, items are described using preservation metadata.  Adding material to Rosetta requires mediation by the Libraries and an MOU between the Libraries and depositor may be required.  Rosetta is a good option if you would want to ensure that your content is preserved in a system that adheres to recognized digital preservation standards.  

The ORB showcases scholarly and creative works of individuals affiliated with Binghamton University. Works deposited into the ORB are openly discoverable via the Libraries' catalogue Find It! Or to a global audience via search engines such as Google. The ORB tracks usage statistics of each work, including downloads and the number of visits to the works. If you are looking to create greater access and visibility of your work, then the ORB may be a better place to archive than Rosetta.

What Type of Files Do Rosetta and the ORB Support?

Both systems support a variety of file types, including text files (.pdf); audio files (.mp3), images (.png), presentations (.ppt) and others. The ORB will automatically convert PowerPoint (.ppt) and document (.doc) files to PDF files when submitted and there is an option to stream any audio or video content submitted.

What Type of Content Is Currently Being Added to Rosetta and the ORB?

See the Libraries' Collections Policy and the Libraries’ web page about the ORB to learn more.

Who can Submit Content to Rosetta and the ORB?

The Libraries' open repository and digital preservation services and are open to faculty, students and all University groups whose digital materials support the vision and mission of the Libraries.

Who Has Ownership/Copyright of Materials Submitted to the ORB or Rosetta?

Ownership and copyright of the Libraries' digital assets conform to the Libraries' general statement on copyright.  Metadata created by the Libraries for digital materials housed on the Libraries' digital management system remains the property of the Libraries but may be freely copied and shared as long as credit is given.

What Are the Next Steps for Someone Interested in Submitting Content to Rosetta and the ORB?

If you are interested in depositing your work but are still unsure which preservation system is the best option, reach out to, for further assistance.

If you are ready to submit your work to the ORB, you may self deposit by visiting the ORB,  clicking the link under “Share Your Work”, and follow the steps provided. If you have any questions during the self-submission process or would like assistance with making a submission, reach out to