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EThOS: a national OAI and digitisation service for e-theses in the United Kingdom

Russell, J., Awre, C., Troman, A. and Needham, P. (2008) EThOS: a national OAI and digitisation service for e-theses in the United Kingdom. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Abstract

This presentation will describe the development of an e-theses OAI service provider to serve across open repositories at all universities in the UK, and the associated business model that will help this service to be sustainable into the future. The EThOS service is being developed along open access principles, and will be able to harvest any University repository in the UK for their e-theses metadata and content. The central harvester hub is based at the British Library, based on EPrints 2, and will act as a single point of access to UK e-theses. The British Library needs to make EThOS self-sustaining, and has incorporated a digitisation service into EThOS for which institutions will pay an annual subscription. This will help to build the number of e-theses available beyond those currently being submitted and held in institutional repositories. The combination of these two services, OAI and digitisation, has resulted in a sustainable model that can support open access to previously hidden UK postgraduate research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:Jill Russell, Chris Awre, Anthony Troman, Paul Needham
Subjects:Main Conference > Wednesday 2nd April > 4a - National Perspectives
ID Code:13
Deposited By: Leslie Carr
Deposited On:27 Mar 2008 19:46
Last Modified:26 Oct 2011 16:07

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