Saturday, January 30, 2010

DEEP > DART-Europe E-Theses Portal

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

[http://www.dart-europe.eu/basic-search.php]

The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and they participate in advocacy to influence future European e-theses developments. DART-Europe offers partners a European networking forum on ETD issues, and may provide the opportunity to submit collaborative funding applications to achieve DART-Europe's vision for ETDs.

DART-Europe is resourced through partner contributions.

Partners support the following principles:

1.DART-Europe will encourage the creation, discovery and use of European e-theses, and will maintain a central Portal for e-thesis aggregation and access.

2.European libraries and consortia are invited to contribute metadata to the DART-Europe Portal. Contributors will determine the terms and conditions under which their metadata are contributed.

3.DART-Europe welcomes the contribution by partners of resources to support the management, discovery, usability and preservation of e-theses, and to further the aims and objectives of DART-Europe.

4.Partners will designate one representative to act as a contact for DART-Europe, and will nominate at least one representative to participate in the DART-Europe email lists.

5.DART-Europe welcomes offers from partners to host DART-Europe Project Board meetings, as occasion demands.

6.Partners will help to secure DART-Europe's status as an international network of excellence in information, expertise and resources relating to ETDs.

7.DART-Europe will be administered by UCL (University College London) and governed by a Board consisting of representatives of partner organisations. The constitution and Terms of Reference of the governing Board will be determined and from time to time reviewed by the Board.

Source

[http://www.dart-europe.eu/About/info.php]

DART-Europe Documents and Downloads

[http://www.dart-europe.eu/About/documents/docs.php]

Participating Institutions

[http://www.dart-europe.eu/browse-list.php?index=institution]

Diplom.de > Diploma Agency > Master's Theses / Bachelor Theses

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[http://www.diplom.de/diplomarbeiten-bachelorarbeiten-masterabeiten.html]

Ordering Information

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The prices include the VAT of the various theses and other academic studies are shown in the catalog (EUR 18.00 and EUR 148.00) The standard price is EUR 48.00 to EUR 38.00 for books and eBooks.

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NDLTD > Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.

Mission and Goals

Mission

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. The NDLTD assists students and universities in using electronic publishing and digital libraries to more effectively share knowledge in order to unlock the potential benefits worldwide.

Find ETDs

Search and Browse ETDs - Production Services

Browse or search through several ETD collections, typically across multiple institutions at once.
Select the collection / service you would like to search or browse through >

> VTLS Visualizer / ETD search and discovery system powered by VTLS.

[http://thumper.vtls.com:6080/visualizer/] [83,3716 Records] [01-30-10]

> Scirus ETD Search  / ETD search and discovery system powered by Scirus

This search service is provided courtesy of Scirus, based on data harvested from the Union Archive hosted by OCLC.

[http://www.ndltd.org/serviceproviders/scirus-etd-search]

Source

[http://www.ndltd.org/find]

Goals

The NDLTD’s programs help universities to:
  • improve graduate education through more effective sharing of research
  • enhance the potential value of intellectual property;
  • increase the speed at which research methods and results are shared; and
  • participate in digital libraries, by collecting, cataloging, archiving, and making accessible electronic theses and dissertations worldwide.
The NDLTD also directly assists graduate students by:
  • teaching about the value of electronic publishing and digital libraries and
  • providing guidance, standards, and technology for the submission of electronic theses
Source

[http://www.ndltd.org/about/mission-and-goals]

Institutional Members

[http://www.ndltd.org/about/members/ndltd-members]

Documentation

[http://www.ndltd.org/documentation]

News

[http://www.ndltd.org/news]

About NDLTD

[http://www.ndltd.org/about]

Friday, January 22, 2010

ADT > Australasian Digital Theses Program

The aim of the [Australasian Digital Theses] ADT program is to establish a distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities. The theses will be available worldwide via the web. The ideal behind the program is to provide access to, and promote Australian research to the international community.

Search Site

[http://adt.caul.edu.au/]

The initial project was funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) - Research Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (RIEF) Scheme grant (1997/1998).

The ADT concept was an initiative of 7 Australian universities (listed below) in association with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL).

The ADT model was developed by the 7 original project partners during 1998-1999. The program was then opened up to all CAUL members (all Australian universities) in July 2000. The original 7 partners will continue to guide and advise the national group in their role as the ADT Steering Committee.

The original ADT membership group:

University of New South Wales (lead institution)
University of Melbourne
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
Australian National University
Curtin University of Technology
Griffith University

ADT Program Overview

The ADT program is designed to improve access to, and enhance transfer of, the research information contained in theses by providing a full text version available from the desktop via the web. The retrieval is enhanced by the inclusion of metadata tags in the documents which are given a higher weighting by the more sophisticated search engines.

It is also designed to provide a new model for deposit and archiving of theses that takes into account the tools and technologies that students are now using to prepare their theses.

The program has two major components, digitisation of theses as part of the deposit process and the digitisation of a selected number of frequently requested existing theses. As each University is responsible for maintaining an archival copy of the theses of their own institution, each participant in the program will mount their own theses on a server located in their respective institution. The participants will use the same database configuration, standards and metadata system to ensure compatibility. The document format will be Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) ensuring that the data is independent of the platform on which it is created. Adobe PDF ensures that a high quality printed version can be provided if needed. Acrobat is relatively easy to use, with a high quality free reader readily available. PDF has also become an electronic publishing standard.

Source

[http://adt.caul.edu.au/about/aimsoverview/]

!!! Thanks To / Natalya Godbold / PhD Candidate / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / University of Technology, Sydney / For The HeadsUp !!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

EThOS: Free Downloads Of UK Dissertations/Theses From The British Library



Colleagues/

Earlier today I (re)discovered EThOS, the database of UK dissertations and theses provided by the British Library >

[http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do]

[I saw a demo of a prototype [?] of the service by the developers [?] at a conference in England in 2008]

Among other services, EThOS allows one to search / select / and in some/many cases download the full-text of items of interest FREE of charge!

"The aim of EThOS is:
  • To offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education
  • To support Higher Education Institutions through the transition from print to e-theses
  • To help UK Higher Education Institutions expand available content by digitising paper theses
  • To demonstrate the quality of UK research and help attract students and research investment into UK HE.
To achieve this, EThOS offers a coherent and consistent interface by implementing a central 'hub' comprising an e-store and a digitisation suite at The British Library site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. The hub automatically harvests e-theses from Institutional Repositories and digitises paper theses from participating institutions to offer the single point of access.

Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so download of their digital and digitised theses is free to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions may not be able to offer Open Access and in this case the researcher may have to pay for the digitisation.

Where a thesis must be digitised before supply, you can expect a short delay. However, you will be informed when the thesis is ready for collection and you can then log on to the system and download it.

EThOS can only offer the theses of participating institutions. While we expect a large number of institutions to take part, we cannot supply from an institutions which chooses not to. In this case, you should approach the institution's library directly to gain access to a thesis."

>>> "Search across 250,000+ theses for free and order full text quickly and easily" <<<

Source

[http://ethos.bl.uk/About.do]

FAQ >

[http://ethos.bl.uk/Faq.do]

/Gerry