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ETD - A Scholarly Open Access Institutional Repository of IISc: A case study

Devi, Nirmala K and Manimalar, AN and Minj, Filbert and Venkadesan, S (2006) ETD - A Scholarly Open Access Institutional Repository of IISc: A case study. In: Second International Conference on Digital Libraries, December 5-8 2006.

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The IISc, Bangalore was started in 1909 and is considered one among the prestigious institute of its kind in India today. Since then it has grown into a premier institution for research and advanced instruction, with more than 2000 active researchers working in almost all frontier areas of science and technology. It has a very high international standing in the academic world as well. Being an outstanding premier institution in the nation, it aimed to develop digital library for collecting the documents and manage networked information services for the benefit of faculty, students, researchers and other academic community in their education and research. Moreover the quality of an academic institution is reflected by the quality of its student’s intellectual products. Thesis is a document that explains the results of the research or scholarship, research process of a PhD student. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has more than forty departments where active research is going on. The outcome of the research includes theses of PhD, M.Sc (Engg.) and M.E students in Science and Engineering. The rapid and dynamic growth in digital technology is making libraries to convert the useful and valuable resources to digital form and helps to preserve the original materials in electronic form for future use. In this regard, the ETD project started to give greater unlocking scholarly access to the valuable resource for everyone at any time or any place. Instead of knocking at every door to reveal the prestige of an institute, ETD is the one and only hit to make the whole world knowing the esteem of an Institute. Based on the value, use and legal issues PhD and M.Sc (Engg.) theses has been selected for Digitization. With access to ETD, the institute students will be able to find the full texts of related work easily, to read literature reviews prepared by their peers, and to follow hypertext links to relevant data and findings. Also students are taught to be electronic publishers, preparing them for their future work. If they can publish electronically and add to digital libraries, future works will not have to be scanned or rekeyed. In this paper we discussed the entire digitization process, starting from scanning till the e-theses is made available on ETD archive using D-Space - a open source repository software. Preparation of metadata, browsing features of ETD system and future aim to evolve as a National Repository of Theses and Dissertation also is discussed.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Department/Centre: Centres under the Director > J.R.D.Tata Memorial Library
Division of Information Sciences (Doesn't exist now) > National Centre for Science Information (Merged with JRD Library in May 2012)
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 05:47
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 11:45
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/42387

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