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Title: EThOS is LIVE, and is opening access to UK theses!
Authors: Anthony Troman
Tracy Kent
Simon Bevan
Susan Copeland
Issue Date: 30-Mar-2010
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh, University Library System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/
Citation: In Proceedings of Twelfth Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Abstract: Objective: The UK's national Electronic Thesis Online Service (EThOS), launched in January 2009 and has already significantly increased access to UK theses. The aims of the EThOS project were: * To offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL UK doctoral theses * To support HEIs through the transition from print to e-theses (enhancing procedural infrastructures and improving national workflows of electronic theses) * To expand available content by digitising paper theses * To demonstrate the quality of UK research and help attract students and research investment into UK HE Methods: A collaborative project between a representative group of UK Higher Education Institutions and The British Library, with financial support from publicly funded bodies including the JISC, Research Libraries UK and the partners. Results * A live, national service to make ALL UK theses available to researchers anywhere in the world * A support infrastructure including the EThOS Toolkit - an online resource packed with useful information and guidance, plus a help desk and information point * 92 signed up UK institutions (at Feb 19, 2009 - and growing) * 11,300 paper theses digitised by the UK Thesis Digitisation Conclusions: The presentation will describe the project and demonstrate the service and supporting infrastructure. We will highlight the lessons learned along the way including: * How NOT to launch a service * How to launch a service * Open Access pros and cons * IPR issues * Impact on the Institutions * Ongoing Advocacy Activities
URI: http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/viewabstract.php?id=716&cf=7
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