Theses Alive!: an ETD management system for the UK

Andrew, Theo and Jones, Richard Theses Alive!: an ETD management system for the UK., 2003 . In 4th. Open Archives Forum, Bath, September 2003. [Presentation]


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The JISC-funded Theses Alive! project based at the University of Edinburgh, with pilot partners at Cambridge, Cranfield, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, started in November 2002. With the general aim of promoting ETDs, the Theses Alive! project is developing an OAI-compliant thesis archive and submission system for use in all participating universities. With this infrastructure in place our target is to enable e-theses to be published on the web to the extent that a minimum of 500 e-theses exist within the UK segment of the NDLTD after 2 years. The project will also look at developing and implementing a metadata export system (crosswalk) capable of delivering our metadata to relevant metadata repositories for UK thesis information (e.g. the British Library, the Index to Theses service). In addition, we would like to help other universities by producing a 'checklist approach' to use as they develop e-theses capability. The project started by evaluating the main open source software packages developed for the management of digital objects, specifically regarding e-theses management. This comparative evaluation is freely available from our website []. The Theses Alive! project is scheduled to 'go live' in December 2003 with the launch of our e-theses repository within the 'Edinburgh Research Archives'. In Spring 2004 we aim to test a submission system for the examination of e-theses within the University of Edinburgh. To do so we are not only looking at the physical act of building and populating an e-theses archive, but in doing so we will have to address the requirements of the university administrators, examiners, students and academics. This requires a new role for the Library/Information Services in that the service we are providing is not just simply a replacement for traditional interlibrary loan.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Open Archives Initiative (OAI), thesis, metadata
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Andrea Marchitelli
Date deposited: 11 Apr 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:58


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