Guide to creating electronic theses available soon

4 April 2001 One of the main projects discussed during the UNESCO-sponsored Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations held at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (USA) recently was the International Guide for the Creation of Electronic Theses.

The Guide is presently being prepared at UNESCO’s request by an international group which includes experts from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (USA) and Université de Montréal (Canada).

The Guide will present standards and best practices for the creation and enhancement of electronic theses and dissertations in developing countries in particular.

It will cover hardware and software requirements, legal issues, data formats, metadata, archiving, access tools, model workflow, budgeting and funding.

The Guide is due to be published in the second half of 2001 in both on-line and off-line versions. It will be distributed in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

Training, development of procedures, workflow models and document formatting and metadata standards are key issues today in electronic theses and dissertations projects. These were also central themes of the Symposium, which brought together some 160 librarians and other information specialists.

From 22 to 24 March 2001, the experts looked at the development of projects for the electronic creation and dissemination of theses and doctoral dissertations, a genre now considered an important element of scientific and scholarly information.

Source: UNESCO Sector of Communication and Information journal webworld, 27 March 2001