Sunday, June 8, 2008
- saving and recording the Theses
- gathering and extracting metadata used for description, indexation, long term preservation and dissemination
- transfering the theses to a national system of preservation
- allocating a permanent identifier ( URL)
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
ETD 2009 will provide a forum to:
- Share the secrets of successful ETD, institutional repositories and open access programs.
- Learn about new developments related to ETD authoring, archiving and dissemination.
- Meet and discuss ETD challenges and issues with peer participants in your region.
- Build skills that will facilitate ETD implementation at your university.
- Review issues that influence the success of your ETD program.
- Share experiences and research with the ETD community.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
- "ETD2008: Spreading the Light" has kicked off at The Robert Gordon University Garthdee Campus, with registration in front of the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library . Some important notes on conference survival:
- All conference sessions take place in the Business School and The Faculty of Health and Social Care Building.
- Luggage may be stored in the Seminar Room within the Library.
- Please wear your badges at all times, to assure access to all venues.
- Please switch off your cellular phones during sessions, in consideration of speakers and those sitting next to you.
- Wireless internet access information is available in your registration packet, with troubleshooting at the registration area.
- An ATM is available in the atrium of the Business School.
- Do not smoke in any campus facility.
- To use RGU Sport (the gym facility), provide proof of membership in a gym to receive a discount.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Elsevier Announces Winners of the NDLTD-ETD Awards Powered by Scirus: Awards Recognize Excellence in Grey Literature and Highlight Elsevier’s Dedication to the Future Scientific Leaders
AMSTERDAM, 2 June 2008 - Elsevier, world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is proud to announce the winners of the first awards for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) with the NDLTD-ETD Awards Powered by Scirus. Elsevier Journals Publishing and Scirus, the most comprehensive science-specific search engine, conducted the awards competition in partnership with the NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations), the international organization dedicated to promoting the dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations, to sponsor this year’s first-ever NDLTD-ETD Awards, which seek to recognize outstanding contributions to the body of electronically available ETD research.
With the advent of the ETDs, and optimized subject-specific search tools like Scirus, it is now easier than ever to access materials that have not been available through traditional publishing alternatives. Once difficult to discover because they consist largely of masters theses and doctoral dissertations stored in print versions at university libraries, vertical search platforms like Scirus have revolutionized access to these valuable, often overlooked materials.
“Elsevier is proud to be working with the NDLTD and recognizing these important additions to the body of scientific knowledge,” said Stephen Cawley, Product Marketing Solutions Manager, Elsevier. “With tools like Scirus, we can now easily access ETDs and other important but often neglected research materials that are hastening the speed of discovery in science and the humanities.”
This year’s winners of the NDLTD-ETD Awards: Powered by Scirus are:
Physical & Life Sciences
- Lawretta Chineze Leaticia Ononye, “The Effect of Implantation Temperature and Ionizing Radiation on the Microstructure of Ion Implanted Sapphire”
- Mohan N. Thakare, “Pharmacological Screening of Some Medicinal Plants as Antimicrobial and Feed Additives”
- Benedikt T. Huber, “Microprocessor Systems Data Transfer Interface Design: An Expert System Approach Using Signal Timing Behavior Patterns”
- Anders Ek, “Ultrasonic Treatment of Sewage Sludge in order to Increase Biogas Yields”
- Louis Lesage, “Écologie Estivale Du Cerf De Virginie A La Limite Nord De Son Aire De Distribution : De La Étapopulation A L'individu”
- Nathan Crane McClintock, “Production and Use of Compost and Vermicompost in Sustainable Farming Systems”
- Danny J.Y.S. Pagé, “Neutron And Gamma Radiation Effects On The Viscoelastic Behaviour Of Poly”
- Gerald W. Ferris, “An Elastic Plastic Approach: Modeling Deformation Of Dense Sand”
Business, Social Sciences & Humanities
- Simon A. Nuttgens, “Bereavement Following Suicide: A Narrative Study”
- Mmakgomo Roseline Laka-Mathebula, “Modeling the Relationship Between Organizational Commitment, Leadership Style, Human Resources Management Practices and Organizational Trust”
The 10 winning ETDs were selected through a rigorous selection process which combined a shortlisting of the most downloaded ETDs per subject area through Scirus, and adjudication by scientific editors from Elsevier Journals Publishing unit.
“Elsevier’s recognition of the scientific minds of the future further enhances their position as a forward-thinking company,” said John Hagen, Awards Committee Chair of the NDLTD. “The NDLTD congratulates all of the winners, who are most certainly going to be the drivers of scientific discovery in the years to come.”
“We’re happy to participate in these awards and play a key role in helping to recognize the future published researchers,” said Rose Olthof, Business Development Manager, Elsevier Journals Publishing. “The ETDs that were chosen were of the highest quality and we’re delighted to see such a high caliber of research at the graduate-level.”
The awards will be presented at the ETD 2008 Symposium, to be held June 4-7 at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Award winners will each receive a $500 cash prize, an NDLTD-ETD Awards: Powered by Scirus medallion and honorary recognition on the Scirus homepage.
You can search Scirus at http://www.scirus.com/
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
A Student Services web page at RGU provides guidance about how to find a global representation of religious and spiritual life in Aberdeen. There are also plenty of regularly scheduled services in church and parish locations.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wondering what's going on with ETDs in Japan? Sugita Izumi from the Japanese National Informatics Institute (NII) Institutional Repository Program, provided this update:
"A Japanese ETD Working Group was organized. Members of the Working Group are National Institute of Informatics (NII), National Diet Library (NDL), University libraries, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Their future agenda includes:
- Digitization of past doctoral dissertations.
- Registration of future doctoral dissertations to IRs.
- Development of the one stop portal system for ETD.
- Monitoring and responding to the revision of Japanese ministerial ordinance for dissemination of doctoral dissertations.
Please contact Izumi and the other members of the NII Library Liaison Team for more information on their ETD initiative.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
For those of you who cannot access the link we have archived a copy via NDLTD.
I have also archived a local copy of the print edition (content is same as online but different picture).
I hope the student outcome survey data, comments and policy recommendation I have provided will help move this debate along in a more constructive fashion.
For those of you who are interested, I will be presenting a paper at the ETD 2008 Symposium in several weeks on this very topic; the full paper, WVU ETD policy recommendation and analyses will be available as open access in the NDLTD institutional repository.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Picture Source: Scotland-Map.com
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
And the winners are... ETD Awards sponsored by Adobe Systems
The Awards Program includes several categories of appreciation. The Innovative ETD Award recognizes student efforts to transform the genre of the print dissertation through the use of innovative software to create cutting edge ETDs. Use of renderings, photos, video and other multimedia objects that are included in the electronic document were considered as part of the innovation of the work. The Innovative Learning through ETDs Award recognizes a student whose professional life has been enhanced by the ETD process. Finally, the ETD Leadership Award recognizes members of the university community whose leadership and vision has helped raise awareness of the benefits of ETDs, and whose efforts have improved graduate education through the use of ETDs. The awards will be presented at the ETD 2008 Symposium, to be held this year at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 4th - 7th.
ETD Awards sponsored by Adobe SystemsThe Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) consortium is pleased to announce this year's award winners. The awards recognize students who have written exemplary electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). These ETDs demonstrate new dimensions of scholarship being explored by individuals who have made significant contributions to the worldwide ETD movement.
The Celtic North, never quiet, made its last united effort in 1411, when Donald, Lord of the Isles, who was in touch with the English Government, claimed the earldom of Ross, in right of his wife, as against the Earl of Buchan, a son of Albany; mustered all the wild clans of the west and the isles at Ardtornish Castle on the Sound of Mull; marched through Ross to Dingwall; defeated the great northern clan of Mackay, and was hurrying to sack Aberdeen when he was met by Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar, the gentry of the northern Lowlands, mounted knights, and the burgesses of the towns, some eighteen miles from Aberdeen, at Harlaw. There was a pitched battle with great slaughter, but the Celts had no cavalry, and the end was that Donald withdrew to his fastnesses. The event is commemorated by an old literary ballad, and in Elspeth's ballad in Scott's novel, ‘The Antiquary.' (Before you take me to task, yes, the image is the famous William Wallace(1272-1305), the rebel of Braveheart fame, who had nothing to do with the attempted sacking of Aberdeen, except stirring up discontent a few decades earlier)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Image Source : youngrobv's photo stream
Monday, May 5, 2008
If you have been concerned about conflicting versions of the "drop-dead" submission deadline for papers and posters, please consider the 19th of May the final deadline. As with previous ETD meetings, the conference respository for papers and posters will live well beyond ETD2008.
09.30 - 12.30 Wednesday 4th June
ETDs for Rookies
John H. Hagen
(West Virginia University Libraries)
Distributed Digital Preservation Workshop:
ETDs Can Be as Secure as Their Paper Predecessors
Prof. Gail McMillan
(Director of the Digital Library and Archives, University Libraries,
Dr. Martin Halbert
(Director for Digital Programs and Systems, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University)
Information will be available shortly
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Dr Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University, and in 2000, obtained a Ph.D. there. For many years, he was Head of Library Automation at Ghent. After having left Ghent in 2000, he has been Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and formerly Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, and the info URI.
Dr Paul Ayris has been director of University College London(UCL) Library Services since 1997, as well as coordinator of their Senior Management Team. He is also the UCL copyright officer. He is a member of the LIBER (Ligue Internationale des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) and SPARC Europe boards. He chairs LIBER's access division, and the OAI organising committee for the Cern workshops on scholarly communication. He also chairs the UK's SHERPA management group. He is deputy chair of the JISC’s repositories and preservation advisory group. He is a member of the JISC's journals working group, of SCONUL's health strategy group and of the CURL/SCONUL joint scholarly communications group. He has a PhD in ecclesiastical history and publishes on English reformation studies.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The first article will be published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in the coming week or so on the topic of ETDs, creative writing and publishing issues. The Chronicle published an article back in March about faculty and students at University of Iowa ready to revolt against a campus-wide mandate for open access ETDs. We brought into the discussion some rationality, hard data from case studies and success stories regarding open access ETDs, creative works and policy implications. I think you will all be very pleasantly surprised at the results. I don't know if we've won this battle but we surely made some good points.
The second article will be published in Information World Review in June, just in time to coincide with ETD 2008. The topic will be on the history of ETDs and the NDLTD, the importance of ETDs in scholarly communications and the significance of sponsored programs like the "ETD Awards Powered by Scirus". Nothing really controversial here, but the coverage for the ETD movement will be phenomenal - IWR is the leading information science related journal published out of the UK. Many thanks to the folks at Reed Elsevier for lining this up!
- John Hagen
NDLTD Board of Directors
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The conference organisers would like to remind delegates that accommodation in Aberdeen ('The oil capital of Europe') can be in strong demand. Those intending to book hotel rooms are encouraged to take advantage of the arrangements in place for the conference - details of which are available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/etd/accommodation/page.cfm?pge=44852 These rooms will only be held specifically for conference attendees for another couple of weeks.
Information about rooms in RGU student flats is available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/etd/accommodation/page.cfm?pge=44842
ETD 2008 Conference Co-Chair
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The photograph above shows the conference co-Chairs, Christopher Pressler (Director of Research and Learning Resources at The University of Nottingham) and Susan Copeland (Senior Information Adviser (Research) at RGU), with the certificate. Christopher travelled from Nottingham, in central England, to Aberdeen, in the north-east of Scotland, to spend time discussing arrangements for the conference with members of the RGU planning team.