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Title: The ETD Journey : Benefits, workflow , navigation options and alignment to institutional repositories .
Authors: Pateka Matshaya
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: The University of the Western Cape established its electronic thesis and dissertation project in 2004. A lot of progress took place ever since the project inception especially with reference to project marketing, governance and navigation of the database by university community and the world-wide communities. Much as the project was established immediately after the national visit of Virginia polytechnic Professor, the University of the Western Cape unlike other universities in the country, it developed its own in-house software that shares similar specifications with NDLTD software. Currently the Library has over than 500 Electronic Thesis and Dissertations on the catalogue with navigation exploited by researchers and scholars from more than 15 countries a day with about 10 000 downloading a month. To evaluate the database performance each ETD title has a built-in counter to determine records usage statistics. The poster session will outline the ETD workflow of the University of the Western Cape with special reference to governance issues ( policies , , copyright , record uploading , navigation options and portal maintenance . A brief outline of the ETD project in South Africa with issues such as software in use, funding, national trainings, and project alignment to institutional repositories will be discussed. In conclusion as the project is facilitated through the Library but hosted in the university computer centre it is of utmost importance for the library to have guaranteed assurance of database back-up in case of emergencies. The poster will therefore give acciount hts on how this matter could be handled by use of service level agreements between two departments namely (library and computer services).
URI: http://conferences.library.pitt.edu/ocs/viewabstract.php?id=752&cf=7
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