This page provides resources for librarians, academic managers, and faculty to start and manage an electronic thesis program and to build and manage a thesis repository.
We invite all NDLTD members and other interested parties to submit resources for inclusion in this web site. We also invite academic institutions to submit links to web pages and documents that may serve as valuable examples to others. Please send any contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs are a series of topical briefs to assist ETD stakeholders with the long-term curation and preservation of their ETDs. The cover the following issues:
Introduction: Guidance Documents for the Lifecycle Management of ETDs
Open your repository, and allow those harvesters who are compliant with the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) to harvest metadata (Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, PMH).
Most repository software have a built-in OAI-PMH interface. If you must use a system that does not have an OAI-PMH interface, there is a free open-source interface available from OCLC, OAIcat.
You are now ready to participate in the NDLTD Union Catalog, an initiative led by NDLTD to provide a seamless interface to the thesis collections of all participating institutions. It contains records of millions electronic theses and dissertations. The NDLTD Union Catalog is managed by the University of Cape Town Digital Libraries Laboratory.
To ensure your ETD repository is harvested by the NDLTD Union Catalog, please e-mail the details of your OAI registration to Hussein Suleman.
The list of institutions that participate in the NDLTD Union Catalog is available at http://union.ndltd.org/portal/
A machine-readable version is available at http://union.ndltd.org/summary/
ETD Preservation is a collection of resources about ensuring long-term open access to ETDs with sound, affordable preservation strategies.
To give maximal exposure to your institute's ETDs, you must provide accurate and complete metadata. NDLTD recommends that you use the ETD Metadata Standard ETD-MS.