Scenario and status of ETD e-Infrastructure in Indian academic libraries


Scenario and status of ETD e-Infrastructure in Indian academic libraries



Scenario and status of ETD e-Infrastructure in Indian academic libraries


India has huge academic platform, more than 1027 Universities, 161 premier institutions and more than 1,000 R & D institutions serving in the field of Teaching and Learning. As quality index is measured by output, number of thesis produced year after year, taken into account. As per UGC, India guidelines, after awarding Ph.D., thesis should be made available on ETD, mainly on Shodhganga of INFLIBNET. Beside this it is observed that there are four kind of channels in which one can get ETD in India i.e. Shodhganga, NDL, Institutional repositories and OPAC of particular institutes’ libraries. These channels are serving academic communities for ETDs. Looking into this scenario, researcher wants to study mainly duplication of availability of ETDs, methods of searching ETDs, packaging of ETDs and metadata of ETDs across various channels. To study this, researcher collected sample of thesis of Science & Tech, Arts & literature, Social Science & humanities by random method from each channel and tried to justify objectives determined for the study. The aim behind this study is accessibility of ETDs, to suggest a common and comprehensive format of metadata as well thesis itself, to point out duplication of theses across and within ETD, create awareness about creative commons and copyrights and point out loop holes in searching methods especially for multidisciplinary thesis. To study this, researcher has collected secondary data from ETD itself and also went through literature and study published on India based ETDs. It is also noted here during the study that whether this channels are providing bibliometric reports or has provision for downloading data in standards bibliometric formats which can support in performing bibliometric analysis in R studio or Python or Bibexcel like analytic tools? Whether these ETD platforms have been providing statistical / bibliometric parameters for available contents? To perform this study, meta data were collected categorically classified and compared and further analysed against aim and objectives of the study. For each objective a negative hypothesis formed as null-hypothesis.