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Registration and program information are now available for the premier conference on ETDs. I will be giving a presentation on digital scholarship centers and their support for students developing ETDs.
ETD2011: Call for Participation
ETD2011 – 14th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations
13-17 September 2011
Cape Town, South Africa
ETD2011 is the latest in a series of international conferences of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). The expected audience will include advocates, practitioners, researchers and students working in the area of electronic theses and dissertations and, more broadly, open access and digital repositories. The conference is hosted in South Africa by the SA National Research Foundation, Committee for Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA), University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. ETD2011 will provide local and international attendees with the opportunity to exchange ideas and enrich their respective programmes, bridging the infamous north-south divide.
The conference programme will include technical paper sessions, plenary keynote addresses, poster presentations (with at least 24 posters), panels, tutorials and workshops — to cater for a broad audience of participants.
While the conference programme is certain to be intellectually stimulating, the location at the V&A Waterfront will provide a convenient launchpad to see Cape Town and its surrounding areas as well. Information on travel and accommodation is available on the website.
We cordially invite you to join us at ETD2011!
=== Programme Details
[Full programme details can be found at: http://dl.cs.uct.ac.za/conferences/etd2011/programme]
In summary, the programme is structured as follows:
* 13 September : Tutorial and Conference Opening
* 14-15 September : Keynote Addresses, Paper and Panel Sessions
* 16-17 September : Workshops
The following papers have been accepted for presentation:
1. Digitization efforts in the Federal University of Technology Owerri (Futo): successes, challenges, prospects/Chinwe Anunobi & Collette Onyebinama
2. Do ETDs deter publishers? Does web availability count as prior publication?/Marisa Ramirez, Gail Mcmillan, Joan Dalton, Nancy Seamans & Max Read
3. The dot on the i: reflections of a postgraduate student and repository manager on the etd process at the University of Pretoria/Elsabé Olivier & Ina Louw
4. Thesis and dissertations management overview in Kosovo/Shukrije Rama
5. Institutional repositories for open access: the Ghanaian experience/Abednego Corletey
6. Electronic theses and dissertations in Nigeria University Libraries: status, challenges and strategies/Ifeanyi J Ezema & Cyprian Ugwu
7. Creative partnerships to advance graduate research in the digital age/John Hagen
8. Towards a National ETD Database: responsibilities of the libraries in Kenya/John Thuku
9. First a trial balloon, now an established workflow: collecting electronic thesis at the German National Library/Uta Ackermann
10. CARPET – a Directory of Generic Publishing Tools/Peter Schirmbacher
11. Creating a National Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Portal in South Africa/Lawrence Webley, Hussein Suleman & Tatenda Chipeperekwa
12. Building institutional repositories in KLISC Member Institutions in Kenya: emerging challenges/Rosemary Otando
13. Assessing awareness of repositories and the Open Access Movement among ETD Faculty Advisors/Molly Dolan
14. Enriching the VT ETD-db System with references/Sung Hee Park & Edward A. Fox
15. Social factors influencing the adoption and development of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) programmes in the Arab Gulf States/Jamal Alsalmi, Dr Chern Li Liew & Brenda Chawner
16. Data desiccation: facilitating long-term access, use, and reuse of ETDs/Daniel Alemneh & Mark Phillips
17. Two South African institutional repositories: a comparative overview/Annah Macha & Karin De Jager
18. Examining access by country, language and areas of knowledge/Ana Pavani
19. Where sharing should not go: establishing administrative protocols for copyright compliance and plagiarism detection/Charles Greenberg & Austin Mclean
20. Improving accessibility to collections of electronic theses and dissertations/Venkat Srinivasan & Edward Fox
21. University digital scholarship centers and support for graduate thesis and dissertation work/Joan Lippincott
22. VT ETD-db 2.0: rewriting ETD-db system/Sung Hee Park, Paul Mather, Kimberli D. Weeks & Gail Mcmillan
23. The role of stakeholders: electronic theses and dissertations submission workflow for the University of Johannesburg/Lazarus Matizirofa
24. Digitization of theses and dissertations: status quo India/Dr Mangala Hirwade
25. Panel on plans related to the NDLTD Union Catalog/Edward Fox
There will be three workshops to discuss specific topics in detail and advance the state of the art:
* Workshop 1: Distributed Digital Preservation for ETDs
* Workshop 2: Data Curation
* Workshop 3: Lets get started! Creating Institutional Repositories using open source software
Details on the workshops can be found at: http://dl.cs.uct.ac.za/conferences/etd2011/workshops
=== Late-Breaking Results
We can still accommodate some late-breaking results in the form of posters at the conference. If you wish to submit a poster to the conference, contact the programme chairs [Hussein <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Elsabé <Elsabe.Olivier@up.ac.za>] before 31 July 2011.
Register for the conference online at:
The deadline for early registration is 1 August 2011.
=== Travel Grants and Student Grants
There is some funding available for travel grants. See the website for details. The deadline for travel grant applications is 8 July 2011.
Students are encouraged to participate in the conference. Funding is available to support some students in related disciplines (Library and Information Science, Computer Science, etc.) to participate in the conference. See the website for details. The deadline for student grant applications is 20 July 2011.
=== Organising Committee
* Janine Dunlop, University of Cape Town
* Pascal Hoba, Association of African Universities
* Thuli Khoza, NRF
* Patricia Liebetrau, University of Kwazulu-Natal
* Pateka Matshaya, University of the Western Cape/CHELSA
* Elsabe Olivier, University of Pretoria/NDLTD
* Reggie Raju, Stellenbosch University
* Hannie Sander, University of Johannesburg/CHELSA
* Daisy Selematsela, NRF, Conference Chair
* Ina Smith, Stellenbosch University
* Heinrich Spingies, NRF
* Hussein Suleman, University of Cape Town, Programme Chair
* Felix Ubogu, University of the Witwatersrand/CHELSA
* Henda van der Berg, NRF
hussein suleman ~ email@example.com ~ http://www.husseinsspace.com
Earlier this week I was fortunate to be able to attend a briefing on a series of awards that the German DFG has made to support information Infrastructure for Research. These are discipline-specific and span the sciences, the social sciences, engineering and the humanities, since the DFG funding scope covers all of these disciplines. This is a very impressive program and I think it will be of interest to many CNI-announce readers, both as an example of a national approach to the challenges of data intensive scholarship, but also as a possible source of future collaborations. The announcement, which links to a number of other documents, can be found at
I am hoping that we may be able to have a session exploring some of these activities at the fall CNI member meeting.
There’s a very interesting new report out on Journal Data Mining; it was prepared by Eefke Smit and Maurits van der Graaf on behalf of the Publishing Research Consortium, so it has a strong publisher perspective, but as far as I know it’s the first extensive look at the issues involved in practical and operational large-scale data mining of the journal literature. One of the really interesting things that emerges from the report, at least the way I read it, is that many of the commercial publishers seem to be thinking about literature mining as a separate activity, not included in traditional electronic subscription arrangements (site licenses) that they have with research libraries. (Indeed, many such licenses forbid bulk downloading of journal articles, which in the absence of text mining facilities built into the vendor platforms is a prerequisite for such mining; even if such facilities exist, they essentially mean that the publishers control the evolution of mining technology). Rather, the publishers seem to envision a future where they’ll do business directly with potential literature miners.
This is one of several issues framed by the report which I think merit very careful thought by research library leaders, and broad conversations engaging faculty.
The report is at:
and there is an accompanying press release at
Disclosure: I was one of the many people interviewed for this study, presumably at least in part because of my 2006 paper on open computation.
The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) has been the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries for 14 years. For the 15th year the conference was renamed to International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL).
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present a keynote address at the conference.
International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011
September 25-29, 2011 | Berlin, Germany
The TPDL 201 conference program of is now online at
Early Bird Registration has been extended to July 11, 2011.
TPDL 2011 – International Conference on Theory and Practice of
Digital Libraries (formerly ECDL)
Main conference: September 26-28, 2011
Tutorials, Workshops: September 25, 29, 2011
Venue: Erwin Schrödinger-Zentrum Adlershof, Berlin, Germany
Conference Website: http://www.tpdl2011.org
This year at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans, LA, CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will present the keynote address at the OCLC symposium The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Age on Friday, June 24. Also at the meeting, Clifford will be part of LITA’s Top Tech Trends Panel on Sunday, June 26.
Consult the conference Web site at http://www.alaannual.org/ for location and registration details.
Data Management Plans Online, a project briefing session presented by UCLA’s Todd Grappone and Patricia Cruse from the California Digital Library:
More information about this presentation is available from the meeting Web site, http://www.cni.org/tfms/2011a.spring/.
May 20, 2011
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch discusses Yale University’s recent announcement to make its digital image collection freely available, the ORCID initiative to develop an open researcher ID, selected videos and presentations from CNI’s spring meeting, and a recent National Research Council meeting on data reuse. Cliff also shared some details about the Sage Bionetworks Commons 2011 Congress.
We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback. For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s a nice informational workshop organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on the morning of June 21 in Washington DC; I’ll be providing some very brief comparative commentary on the situation in the United States as a reactor to the presentations. I’ve reproduced the invitation below.
You are cordially invited to attend the informational workshop on Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany. The event is being organized by the North America Office of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). This workshop will be held on June 21st, 2011, at the DFG North America Office located in Suite 1000 in the building at 1776 I St., NW, Washington, DC, 20006.
Making Scientific Research Data Accessible: Current Trends and Perspectives in Germany
An informational workshop
June 21st, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm
Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Max Voegler, Director, DFG North America Office
Promoting Accessibility to Research Data in Germany: Funding Initiatives, Projects and Perspectives: Dr. Stefan Winkler-Nees, Program Officer, Research Data, DFG Bonn
Scientific Data Management in Large University Research Projects. A Status Report: Dr. Eva Effertz, Program Officer, Research Centers Division, DFG Bonn
Response and U.S. Perspective: Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Refreshments will be served.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who you think may be interested.
RSVP by June 17th, 2011 to email@example.com or 202-729-6350
Registrations will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis.
Red line: Farragut North, Blue/orange line: Farragut West, 18th Street exit
Memento: Giant Leaps Towards Seamless Navigation of the Past Web, a project briefing session presented by Robert Sanderson of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
More information about this presentation is available from the meeting Web site, http://www.cni.org/tfms/2011a.spring/.
The McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm, has recently issued a report that will be of interest to some readers of CNI-Announce titled “Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity”, which reviews some of the techniques used in data-intensive scholarship, as well as other data-intensive analytic methods, and explores their applications to areas like government, healthcare, consumer retail, and manufacturing. The report includes a discussion of estimated payoffs from these new approaches, as well as some consideration of policy issues.
The report can be found at
Download information is at the bottom of the page. Note that it’s available in several e-book formats as well as in the standard PDF download.