First Announcement and Call for Papers ETD2003: Next Steps -
Electronic Theses and Dissertations Worldwide
On behalf of Humboldt-University Berlin and NDLTD we would like to
invite you to the "Sixth International Symposium On Electronic Theses
and Dissertations" being held at the Humboldt-University in Berlin,
Germany from 21st May until 24th May 2003.
The symposium is the 6th in a series of annual conferences organised by
the "Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations" (NDLTD).
The NDLTD initiative, born in the USA, is an open federation of
currently 149 member universities and supporting organisations, such as
research institutions or private companies. NDLTD's activities are
focused on universities, libraries, faculties, and graduate students in
order to support authoring, indexing, archiving, dissemination, and
retrieval of electronic theses and dissertations worldwide.
ETD2003 is the first conference that will take place outside the USA.
The event will be supported by the NDLTD steering committee, the UNESCO
Information and Informatics Division, the German National Library (Die
Deutsche Bibliothek) and DINI, the German Initiative for Networked
The Scope of ETD2003 will not only be to demonstrate new developments in
the field of electronic theses and dissertations but also to encourage
even more universities around the world to become a part of NDLTD and to
promote free access to scholarly electronic documents in the sense of
the Budapest Open Access Initiative. ( http://www.soros.org/openaccess )
The Berlin symposium will focus on establishing new cooperation and
explore common approaches and challenges to the topic of scholarly
electronic publishing especially of electronic theses and dissertations.
It will also aim to raise awareness of the educational and service
aspects and to describe current activities to progress thinking in this
Along the conference we plan to organise workshops covering special
- Use of XML, DTDs and Schemas,
- Workflows in Libraries,
- Strategic Planning for ETD Projects at Universities
For beginners we will offer tutorials for the following topics:
- How to start an ETD Programme
- OAI tools, standards, Formats for ETDs
Training the Trainers
We invite you to submit proposals that address any of the following or
. Training and author education issues
. Issues and challenges for libraries
. Long-term preservation of ETDs
. Technical standards and implementation strategies
. Multimedia applications: technical management and training
. Towards a global digital ETD library: networking and retrieval
. Examples, goals, possibilities and limitations of international
. Publisher's perspectives
If you are interested in giving a presentation, a tutorial or a talk
within a workshop, or contribute a poster please submit your paper via
the electronic submission page of the ETD2003 website at
http://www.hu-berlin.de/etd2003/ until 15. January 2003. We expect
abstracts with 100 - 300 words.
For questions, please contact: Dr. Peter Schirmbacher (
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We hope you will take part at this conference and find new ideas,
friends, and sources for professional development and that ETD2003 will
be a forum for all of us to shape and define our agenda for the 21st
We look forward to seeing you in May 2003. If you have queries please do
not hesitate to contact the organisation committee at
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Dr. Peter Schirmbacher
Chair ETD2003 Conference Organisation Committee