Short Summaries of ETD's at Peer Institutions with
WWW links, Other than VT
the following summary of peer institutions' ETD activity might help. This
information takes for granted a certain knowledge of the extensive data
available at Viriginia Tech, and thus seeks to show what's going on at
other schools. There are short blurbs on some 10 or so schools with tangible
ETD efforts of some kind. Some peers are doing things or have considered issues we have raised in our discussions
(cost, for instance, cf. U. of S. Florida, etc.):
University of Waterloo
Has tested ETD's in PDF (Adobe) format-- concluded PDF was a temporary
means of storage, relatively easy to do. Has not instituted a full
program. The Electronic Thesis Project Team recommends that the
University of Waterloo proceed towards adopting a policy of accepting,
storing, and providing access to electronic theses.
It is the intention of the Electronic Thesis Project Team (ETPT) to
explore the governance issues and technical feasibility of submission,
storage and distribution of ETDs at the University of Waterloo. The
overall goal of the team is to identify and explore all of the issues
which would be involved in an ETD being accepted as the sole form of
submission by a student in the fulfillment of the thesis requirement
of her/his graduate program.
University of Texas at Austin
I wrote to them and received this:
We have accepted one electronic thesis and one electronic dissertation;
our faculty has voted to require e-dissertations within five years and
e-abstracts sooner than that. But this vote has engendered some recent
soul-searching and re-thinking.
Teresa A. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Vice President and Graduate Dean
University of South Florida
To avoid additional burdens being placed on the Graduate School, we agreed
that students would be held responsible for putting their work in PDF
format. A PDF will cost about $30, and the University will need to
establish work stations and pilot training so students can author an etds
w/ little effort.
After careful deliberation, the USF ETD Task Force recommends that USF:
- Act now to implement ETDs at USF.
- Invite graduate students across the University to submit Theses and
Dissertations in PDF format in the fall 97-98 academic year.
- Allow departments to begin requiring ETDs in the fall 97-98
- Consider requiring ETDs by the 98-99 academic year.
- Fund the necessary hardware and software to support ETDs at USF.
- Establish a Web presence for ETDs, one which links to other
Universities who are working toward institutionalizing ETDs.
- Determine feasibility of archiving theses through University
Microfilm International (UMI). Currently, only USF dissertations
are sent to UMI for archival and distribution purposes.
NC State University
**VERY GOOD FLOW CHART FOR Ph.D. AND MA'S:
During Spring 1997, the NCSU Libraries, the Graduate School and the
Information Technology office began a pilot project that allows selected
theses and dissertations to be submitted, approved and accessed
electronically. The local effort is part of a larger project sponsored by
the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and prototyped
by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to create a digital
thesis and dissertation repository for the Southeast.
A four month project that ended in spring 1996. The project on digitilized
PhD theses from Aalborg University was made in coorporation with the
Ministry of Research. The main purpose of the project was to make PhD
theses accessible via the World Wide Web and make it possible for users
all over the world to read these theses on screen or to print them
for further reading.
Another purpose of the project was to see how it would be possible
to link references from databases to the PhD theses in a way in which it
would be easy and simple for the users to get them in online editions.
That meant that there should be links from both Aalborg University
Library's OPAC and the national database of Danish research
"DANDOK" to each individual PhD thesis.
The project succeeded in most aspects, but is was not possible to
make links from Aalborg University Library's OPAC because the W3 interface
was delayed. The group that worked with the project found that the best
most effective way to digitalize the theses was to convert the theses into
a PDF version, which keeps the theses in their almost original forms when
printed and seen on screen (that was a strong wish from the authors).
University of Virginia
The Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) project offers students
the opportunity to submit their works electronically. ETDs will be stored
in a digital library and made available through VIRGO (on-grounds
library searcher) as full-text searchable documents. Authors may withhold
release of their work in order to satisfy pending commitments. Students
use their software of choice to create the initial documents. Ultimately
they will produce an archival file in either PDF (Portable Document
Format) or SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language).
West Virginia University
West Virginia University requires electronic submission of all theses and
dissertations as of August 15, 1998.
University of Michigan
UM has an agressive plan, the skeleton of this plan provides the text
excerpts here, but actual project is still under way. This is linked to
their Humanities Text Initiative.
The University of Michigan Thesis and Dissertation Library is a service of
Rackham Graduate School to provide access to dissertations and theses
produced by UM grads. It is part of the National Digital Library of Theses
and Dissertations, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education.
The full text of all dissertations submitted from 1996 on can be searched
and browsed through this Library. Master's theses will be added to the
Library starting in 1998.
University of Toronto &
The Joint Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project of the Faculty of
Information Studies at the University of Toronto, University of Toronto
Libraries and York University Libraries was formed by the interested
parties to investigate the feasability, mechanics and workflow of
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). The Project has completed and
made available four reports that are available on this site. We report on
current developments in the field, traditional thesis and dissertation
workflow at University of Toronto and York University and the concerns of
publishers. The project solicits ETD submissions from the student body.
Currently we have eight ETDs in PDF format. A short report on the
conversion process has also been made available.
At this stage of the project - July 1998 - it should be emphasized
that our research is a work-in-progress. More work has to be done, and
more issues have to be considered, before any conclusions can be drawn.