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First Announcement and Call for Papers ETD2003

Wednesday, 07 August 2002

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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 Information.

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 area.

Along the conference we plan to organise workshops covering special aspects as
- 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 related issues.
. 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 cooperation
. 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 (schirmbacher _at__ rz.hu-berlin.de ) or Susanne Dobratz (dobratz _at__ rz.hu-berlin.de ).

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 century.

We look forward to seeing you in May 2003. If you have queries please do not hesitate to contact the organisation committee at etd2003org _at__ rz.hu-berlin.de .

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Peter Schirmbacher
Chair ETD2003 Conference Organisation Committee

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