ETD 2020: Register Now!

posted Feb 27, 2020, 9:58 AM by NDLTD Admin

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16 - 18 November 2020

Join us for the ETD 2020 Annual Conference!
November 16 - 18 in Al Ain, UAE at the United Arab Emirate University

Register Today

Register by 30th June 2020 to receive the early registration rate.

If you have any questions about the ETD 2020 Annual Conference,
please contact

ETD2020: Call for Papers

posted Jan 8, 2020, 9:24 AM by NDLTD Admin   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 9:54 AM ]

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Join us for ETD2020 (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) Conference in November 16-18, 2020 in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

Our theme, ‘Discovery, data, and dates’ is a reflection of our interest in the enhancement of discovery of research through digital repositories, access to data from around the world and how the Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) have contributed to research over time, and a light-hearted reference to our location in the home of research into date palms. 

The conference will be held at the United Arab Emirates University campus in the oasis city of Al Ain, within the Abu Dhabi Emirate of the UAE and we look forward to welcome you as researchers, librarians, archivists, open access advocates and industry representatives to this exotic location at a time of the year when the weather is perfect! 

Dates: 16-18 November 2020

Location: The state-of-the-art campus of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain. 

First in the region

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). We support electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. 

See the web site for details and background of the NDLTD organisation which was established in 1998 and has since held international conferences in the US, Europe, Oceana, Africa and Asia. 

ETD2019 was held in Porto, Portugal in November 2019. Previous conferences have been held in Taiwan (2018), Washington DC, USA (2017), Lille, France (ETD 2016), New Delhi, India (ETD 2015), Leicester, UK (ETD 2014), Hong Kong (ETD 2013); Lima, Peru (ETD 2012); Cape Town, South Africa (ETD 2011); Austin, Texas, USA (ETD 2010); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (ETD 2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (ETD 2008); Uppsala, Sweden (ETD 2007) Quebec City, Canada (ETD 2006), Sydney Australia (ETD 2005); Lexington, Kentucky, USA (ETD 2004), and Berlin, Germany (ETD 2003).The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in June 1998. 

This conference, ETD2020 will be the first in the region, and we expect it will attract many participants from all over the world and specifically the Gulf region. 

Conference Themes: Discovery, Data, & Dates

We invite papers and posters on topics addressing electronic resources in research from managing print collections to e-collections in supporting research: 

  • Institutional repositories and platforms
  • Open Scholarship - Open Access - Open Science – policies, practices, use cases
  • Research Data management
  • Digital archives
  • Technical processes – scanning; PDF; OCR; Arabic language texts; format migration

Submission Timeline

Abstracts for proposed papers will be considered and upon acceptance presenters will be invited to provide full papers for peer-review and program development according to the following timetable: 

Call for papers

1st December 2019

Deadline for abstract submission 

February 1st, 2020

Acceptance of abstracts

February 15th, 2020

Deadline for full-length papers

May 15th, 2020

Acceptance of papers

June 15th, 2020

Conference program will include several invited keynote addresses, workshops and submitted papers/presentations. All presenters, including poster presenters will be invited to prepare and submit a final version for publication online, subject to editorial and peer review before publication. 

New journal

The NDLTD Board has decided to launch a new journal to publish such papers and related content. Selected papers of those submitted to the ETD2020 will be considered for editing and inclusion in the new journal from 2020. 

Please submit all abstracts (up to 350 words) in a word format providing Author(s) Names and affiliations; Title; and relevant conference theme. 

Upload at and

Contact Details:

+971-3-713 4412

ETD 2019: Register Now!

posted Sep 3, 2019, 9:36 AM by NDLTD Admin

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Registration is open for the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations - ETD2019.

This year's conference will be held November 06-08, 2019, at Universidade
Portucalense in Porto, Portugal.

This year's conference speakers include Eloy Rodrigues, Director of the
University of Minho Documentation Services, Braga, Portugal, Joachim
Schöpfel, Associate Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Lille, France, Maria Manuel Borges, Associate Professor in Information Science at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Michael Witt, Associate Professor of Library Science at the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, USA.

ETD2019 also includes the following workshops:
  • Preparing code and data for computational reproducibility: a hands-on workshop - Edward A. Fox and William A. Ingram, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Plagiarism in research: its detection and avoidance using emerging tools and technologies - Ramesh C.Gaur, from Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, India

For additional information on the conference and speakers, please visit:


We are looking forward to seeing you at Universidade Portucalense, in Porto!


NDLTD Announces ETD 2019 Travel Award Winners

posted Jul 3, 2019, 10:35 AM by NDLTD Admin

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NDLTD is pleased to announce the winners of the ETD 2019 travel awards. The winners will receive financial support to attend ETD 2019, to be held in Porto, Portugal, from November 6th until November 8th, 2019.

The ETD2019 Travel Scholarship winners are:
            1. Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita, Post Doctoral Student, University of South Africa, South Africa
            2. S M Masum Murshed, Assistant Librarian, Dhaka University Library, Bangladesh
            3. Tuelo Ntlotlang, Subject Librarian, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana
            4. Omer Hassan Abdelrahman, Associate Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
            5. Mayank Trivedi, University Librarian, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
            6. Lighton – Phiri, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Zambia, Zambia

ETD 2019: Fruits of Knowledge, Call for Papers

posted Apr 3, 2019, 4:27 PM by NDLTD Admin   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 10:27 AM ]

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We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for ETD 2019, the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations. This is the key international conference to attend in order to stay abreast of developments and trends in ETD initiatives around the world. The conference will be held in Porto, Portugal, 6-8 November, 2019.

Plan to attend this important conference and consider submitting a proposal to present a paper or a poster exploring one of the themes of the symposium. This is an exciting opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with the larger ETD community.

Important dates:
  • Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2019
  • Submission of full papers: August 31, 2019
  • Extended Abstract/Poster/PowerPoint (PPT) Presentation submission deadline: October 15, 2019
Conference Theme

The conference theme “Fruits of Knowledge” focuses on relevant best practices to support ETD procedures, innovation and use. We aim to examine topics such as innovative ETDs, changing technological environments and legal and ethical issues. A reflection on the contribution of ETDs to the development of education, social integration, economic growth and technological progress will be the core goal of ETD 2019.

We invite you to submit proposals that address the following or related sub-themes:

  • ETDs for a sustainable world:
    • Access to information and knowledge: contribution to a sustainable world (educational, social, economic and technological development);
    • ETDs around the world;
    • Data Repositories.
  • Policies and legal aspects:
    • National and international policies and agreements;
    • Open data policies;
    • Intellectual property rights;
    • Data protection: sharing and storing of content; embargoes and restrictions;
    • ETDs publication.
  • Content innovation:
    • Research data, digital preservation, persistent URLs, archiving;
    • Data curation: to find, to access, to re-use;
    • Innovative ETDs: beyond PDF files (using new media: interactive graphics and embedded sound and video, websites).
  • Technology:
    • Open source software: sustainability of software developed locally and large open source systems;
    • Interoperability;
    • Changing technical environments.
  • Communities:
    • Reaching out to new audiences: Communication and promotion strategies;
    • Staff and knowledge within the community, planning, training and development.
Other topics related to ETDs but not limited within the sub-themes above may also be considered.

To know about the submission process and to submit your proposal, go to Submission.

Request for Proposals to Host ETD 2020 and 2021

posted Dec 26, 2018, 6:37 AM by NDLTD Admin


The NDLTD Conference Standing Committee is accepting bids to host the 23rd and 24th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, ETD 2020 and 2021. Hosting this prestigious international conference is a unique prospect since it also brings value to the hosting institution. As a host, the institution gains recognition as a thought leader in the areas of scholarly communication and digital pedagogy. In addition, the institution will share highlights of its scholarly accomplishments with conference delegates who come from well-known campuses from around the world. The conference also provides hosts with the opportunity to promote the most up-to-date scholarly practices to its own community of students and scholars and to identify partners across campus who are practicing digital pedagogy and who are proponents of scholarly communication.

The last symposium ETD 2018 was held in Taipei, Taiwan during September 26-28, 2018. The next symposium ETD 2019 will be held in during 4-6 November 2019 in Portugal. Some previous symposia were held in Washington DC, USA ((ETD 2017), Lille, France (ETD 2016) New Delhi, India (ETD 2015), Leicester, UK (ETD 2014), Hong Kong (ETD 2013); Lima, Peru (ETD 2012); Cape Town, South Africa (ETD 2011); Austin, Texas, USA (ETD 2010); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (ETD 2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (ETD 2008); Uppsala, Sweden (ETD 2007) Quebec City, Canada (ETD 2006), Sydney Australia (ETD 2005); Lexington, Kentucky, USA (ETD 2004), and Berlin, Germany (ETD 2003).The first meeting was held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in June 1998.

Please submit your bid by e-mail to Ramesh C Gaur (, NDLTD Conference Standing Committee -Chair. Please note that should your institution be chosen to host ETD 2020 or 2021 you will have the full support and help of the NDLTD Conference Standing Committee in preparing for the symposium. The conference planning handbook will also be available to the Local Organizing Committee. Potential bidders are encouraged to contact Ramesh C Gaur, Chair or any other member of the Conference Standing Committee early in the process of preparing their bid to express interest and receive guidance.

Bidders are encouraged to attend ETD 2019 at Biblioteca Geral da Universidade Portucalense (BGUPT) during November 4-6, 2019.

Special CUNY Web Seminar: Graduate Students as Scholarly Contributors

posted Nov 30, 2018, 11:39 AM by NDLTD Admin

Back in March, we were snowed out of presenting at the Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students conference, and we just couldn’t let all that preparation go to waste. So, we’d like to invite colleagues near and far to join us for an online presentation discussing our experience transforming the dissertation and thesis deposit procedure into a librarian-led scholarly communication consultation.


We hope you can make it, and we’re happy to answer questions on or off-list.



“Not Just Degree-Seekers: Graduate Students as Scholarly Contributors”

Led by Jill Cirasella and Roxanne Shirazi



Wednesday, December 19th

1-2pm EST (11am PST)



Zoom - Register here



Most graduate students are required to produce theses and dissertations that make an original contribution to the field of study. This requirement informs how students and faculty approach graduate research, but colleges and universities often treat the culminating works merely as student records, not scholarly contributions encompassing original research. Librarians, however, are uniquely situated to treat graduate students as emerging participants in the scholarly communication ecosystem and to help them prepare their culminating works for an outside audience. Librarians have the expertise to advise students during the submission process with questions regarding copyright, licensing, fair use, and author’s rights, as well as the awareness to spot such issues even when students are not aware of them.


Our institution recently moved responsibility for thesis and dissertation deposit from an administrative role to a librarian position. We will present our experience transforming the deposit process into a scholarly communication consultation, and will provide a first-hand report of the educational benefits of making deposit a library function, helmed by a copyright-literate librarian. This session will help participants identify how and where the thesis approval process takes place on their campuses, and strategize ways to insert librarian-led scholarly communication consultations into the graduation checklist.


Jill Cirasella is Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at The Graduate Center, CUNY.


Roxanne Shirazi is Dissertation Research Librarian at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Photos from ETD 2018

posted Oct 11, 2018, 4:01 PM by NDLTD Admin

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Photos from ETD 2018 are now available. For a complete archive, click here.

Here are some samples.

Members of NDLTD Board of Directors attending ETD 2018

Group Photo

Fun at the Welcome Banquet
Keynote Address by Dr. Ed Fox.

ETD 2018: Registration is now Open

posted Jul 2, 2018, 10:31 AM by NDLTD Admin

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Registration is now open for the ETD 2018 Symposium. Complete registration information is available online at

ETD 2018, the 21st international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations will be held September 26-28, 2018 at the National Central Library, Taiwan. The conference is initiated by The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and is hosted by National Central Library with additional support from the Library Association of the Republic of China (LAC) and the Interlibrary Cooperation Association (ILCA).

ETD 2018 will provide excellent educational opportunities for professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), institutional repositories, graduate students and scholarly communications. Our goal is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations and encourage the formation of regional ETD associations and networking communities as well as to provide useful and innovative resources, standards, and technology for the development and support of ETD programs.

This year’s program includes 4 plenary sessions, 3 penal sessions, 33 breakout presentations, also includes user group meeting of ETD consortium in Taiwan, a poster presentation session, a technology vendor fair as well as a variety of networking opportunities. For an overview of the conference activities visit our Program Overview Webpage at

For plenary speeches, we have invited speakers from the U.S, Slovenia, Australia, Singapore and India, to share their knowledge and experience of institutional repositories and ETDs. We are especially honor to invite Edward A. Fox, Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, also the Executive Director of NCLTD. In his speech address “Applications of Big Data Analysis for the Worldwide Collection of ETDs” Dr. Fox will talk about how “big data” collection could support a broad range of applications, aiding students, researchers, scholars, sponsors, administrators, librarians, archivists, and others interested in this vast body of knowledge. For more information about the speakers, visit our webpage at

After the conference, you can join the complimentary tour which takes you to visit Yilan, a beautiful town near Taipei. Also, you can enjoy and experience the many facets of Taipei City. For tour and entertainment ideas visit our webpage at

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn more and share your experiences with colleagues at ETD 2018! To register visit our registration information Web page.

We hope to see you in Taiwan at ETD 2018.

Nominate Innovators and Leaders for the 2018 ETD Awards by July 31st, 2018

posted Jun 12, 2018, 4:53 PM by NDLTD Admin

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NDLTD is pleased to announce the 2018 ETD Awards program.
We invite all NDLTD members to nominate individuals they feel deserve the recognition!

Deadline for Nominations: July 31st, 2018

The NDLTD's ETD Awards recognize and support innovative theses and dissertations and leadership within the ETD community. These awards are presented each year at the annual ETD Symposium.

The awards include several categories of appreciation:
  • The Innovative ETD Award supports student efforts to transform the genre of the dissertation through the use of innovative research data management techniques and software to create multimedia ETDs. 
  • The ETD Leadership Award recognizes individuals whose leadership and vision has helped raise awareness of the benefits of open access ETDs and whose efforts have improved graduate education and research through the use of technology.
The awards will be presented at ETD 2018, the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertationsto be held in Taipei, Taiwan, September 26-28, 2018. 

Award Category Information, Procedures and Requirements:

Innovative ETD Award

The intent of this award is to support current graduate students in the creation of innovative ETDs. We anticipate students will use the award to assist in the purchase of specialized software, computer equipment or other technical support  needed in the production or publication of their ETD. Nominations for this award should indicate how the award will support the application and integration of renderings, photos, data sets, software code or other multimedia objects in the student’s ETD.
  • A prospective thesis or dissertation may be nominated by a representative (e.g. administrator, faculty member or librarian) of an institution that is a member of the NDLTD.  
  • Each NDLTD member may submit up to 2 nominees. In addition, a student from a member organisation may submit a self-nomination.
  • The nomination should include their approved thesis proposal, along with a brief statement about how the work will use technology to enhance the presentation of the research in the forthcoming ETD. 
  • The resulting ETD must be distributed online as open access upon publication.
  • Students must provide an ORCID ID upon acceptance of the award. 
  • There may be up to three winners in this category. 
  • Each winner will receive $1,000* 
  • Winners are required to record a video acceptance message (approximately 2 - 3 minutes) that may be presented at the annual symposium’s awards ceremony and distributed online, or provide an acceptance message in writing (500 words or less). 
Nominations may be made through the following online form:

ETD Leadership Award

This is open to individuals whose leadership and vision has helped raise awareness of the benefits of ETDs and whose efforts have improved graduate education through the use of ETDs. Nominations should include details about the individual's ETD related activities and how the nominee's leadership has made significant advances in the area of ETDs at the local, regional, national or international levels.
  • The nominator or nominator’s institution must be affiliated as an NDLTD member. 
  • There may be up to two winners for this category. 
  • Each winner will receive international honorary recognition.
  • Each winner will receive up to $500 reimbursement to attend the annual symposium
  • Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the annual symposium in the year of award.
  • If a winner is not a member of the NDLTD or associated with an institution which is not a member of the NDLTD they will be eligible for a 1 year complimentary (personal or institutional) membership.
  • Winners are encouraged to do one of the following:
    • attend the annual symposium's award ceremony and present a 3-5 minute acceptance speech, or
    • record and submit a 3-5 minute video acceptance message to be presented at the annual symposium’s awards ceremony, or
    • provide a written 500 word or less acceptance message to be read at the annual symposium's awards ceremony.
Nominations may be made through the following online form:

*I.R.S regulations require the NDLTD to report all award amounts distributed; citizens of the United States must provide a valid Social Security number to receive award distributions. Winners must agree to the conditions set forth in the eligibility requirements listed here and NDLTD policy. Winners must also agree to make acceptance/acknowledgments materials available to the NDLTD for the purpose of international promotions.  

For more information about the ETD Awards program contact James MacDonald, ETD Awards Committee Chair.

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