Thursday 25th July, 2013
12:00pm to 12:30pm
Kravis Center Lower Court 62
Speaker: Thomas Dowling, Director of Technologies, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
The first decade (or so) of the ETD movement was necessarily focused on issues related to advocacy, policy, and production logistics. Our energies have gone towards educating colleagues and students on electronic publishing, IP rights, open access models, embargo options, and even how to generate good PDF files. We have implemented institutional repositories, submission systems, and long-term archiving strategies. We have taken a unique and valuable body of research that in the past was typically locked away, and made much of it accessible to the world.
However, we have often done little to help researchers and scholars discover this content. At a time when libraries are putting unprecedented effort into improving the ability of their researchers to find and use their catalogs, journals, and other resources, not enough effort has gone into making the body of open access theses and dissertations easier to find and use.
This presentation introduces Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD - http://oatd.org), a harvested discovery service for the open access content in the ETD literature. OATD harvests ETD collections from over 600 universities, with both OAI-PMH metadata harvesting and web crawling; makes site-specific rules to differentiate between open- and closed-access ETDs; and adds full-text search highlights and sample images from a growing number of ETDs. Goals for OATD include community involvement through a steering committee of ETD professionals, continual refinement of the user experience, and exhaustive, global coverage of open access theses and dissertations.
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