Welcome to ETD'2003, the Sixth International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). On behalf of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD, see www.ndltd.org), I encourage you to learn and to share, to listen and to speak, to observe and to report. Do not be shy! There will be many new to ETD activities, and people from varied perspectives, as well as a relatively small number who have wide experience. As the number of members of NDLTD reaches 180, it is time to begin to plan for efforts in every country of the globe, and to target much larger numbers of works. We must remove barriers and increase collaboration. Please enjoy the short time we are together, and benefit as much as possible from interaction with this devoted and talented group.