ETD Software: Toward the Future with Retrospective Hindsight Gail McMillan

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ETD Software:
Toward the Future with
Retrospective Hindsight
Gail McMillan
Digital Library and Archives, Virginia Tech
ETD 2008: 10th International Symposium
Uppsala University
June 13, 2007
ETD software should
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Provide interfaces for communities
Provide interfaces for activities
Use existing information
Accept files
Assign persistent URLS
Warrant copyright
Link to/from/among
Communicate
Approve
Disperse copies appropriately
Sort
Access
Expose
Run on any platform
ETD software should provide
1. Provide interfaces for communities
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Authors
Faculty
Administrators
Managers
Public
Library
Systems personnel
NDLTD
ETD software should provide
1. Interfaces for authors and faculty
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Authors
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Submit 1 or more files from anywhere
Modify their files until "finished"
Communication
Use several templates
• This could incorporate tags into the works such as title,
paragraphs, tables, references, etc.
• Free form
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Faculty
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Online committee approval
Committee chair
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Communication
ETD software should provide
1. Interfaces for ETD Administrators
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Committee chair
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Review submitted files
Communication
Approval
Institution-level
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Review submitted files, forms, etc.
Communication
Approval
Maintenance/manage
ETD software should provide
1. Interfaces for Public, Libraries
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Browse (by which fields)
Search (which fields, text)
Sort
Meaningful error messages
Seamless redirection from damaged files
Communicate with authors
ETD software should provide
1. Interfaces for Systems Personnel
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Rewrite from Perl to Java
Easily customizable scripts
Meld 3 databases into 1 (submit, available, withheld)
CONTROL: Appropriately limit access
Administrative access only by reviewer/approver; manager
Faculty access only by students’ committees
Inaccessible: Systems Administrator and ETD manager(s) only
Restricted: IP addresses associated with author's home
institution (e.g., 128.173… .vt.edu)
Backup
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Frequently, periodically
Multiple locations on/off site
ETD software should provide
2. Interfaces for activities
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Submit
Communicate
Backup
Review/approve
Preserve
• Maintain/manage
• Adapt for other uses
• Display
• Browse
• Search
• Sort
ETD software should
3. Use existing information to
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Fill out submission form
Derive subsequent records
Sort
Assign call numbers
Map keywords to controlled vocabularies
Display
ETD software should
3. Use existing information
Human resource systems
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Names, email addresses
Official administrative records
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Type of doc, title, degree, dept, committee, chair, date of
defense
Detected by ETD software
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URN, file name, size, download time,
Author’s add:
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Keywords
Availability/accessibility
Copyright warranty
ETD software should
3. Use existing information for
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Library catalog records
Metadata
Indexing
Display
Browse pages
Lists
Title page
ETD software should
3. Use existing information
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Sort for various user communities
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Assign call numbers based on formulas
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LD5655 V855 1996 G885
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Gerald Gutierrez’s VT masters thesis
Map key words to controlled vocabularies
ETD software should
4. Accept all files:
Any number, any size, and all formats
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Text
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.txt
.pdf
.xml
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.tif
.jpg
.gif
.png
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ASCII
PDF
XML
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Images
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TIFF
JPEG
GIF
PNG
Video
.mpg
.mov
.qt
MPEG
Apple
Apple QuickTime
Audio
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.wav
.mpg
.mp3
WAV
MPEG
MPEG-3
ETD software should
5. Assign persistent URLs
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PURL
URN
URI
Handles
DOI
Etc.
ETD software should
6. Warrant copyright
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Functionality
Sharing
License
ETD software should
6. Warrant copyright: Functionality
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Recognize when authors use others’ works
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Formal permission
Public domain
Fair use
ETD software should
6. Warrant copyright: Sharing
Provide authors with the opportunity to formally
share copyright with their home institutions
I hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and
attached hereto a written permission statement from the
owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be
included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report,
allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the
version I submitted is the same as that approved by my
advisory committee.
ETD software should
7. Link to/from/among
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Policies, guidelines, catalogs
Tools
Examples
Multiple files of one author
Administration and administrative functions
Help
Surveys
ETD software should enhance
8. Communication
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Allow
Track: administrator, author, advisor
Sequence: date stamp, group
Administer: prompt, add recipients
Store
ETD software should
9. Approve
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Who approves?
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Committee members
Administrator
What does “approve” mean?
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Forms submitted
Forms completed
Fees paid
• To home institution
• To vendors
• Signatures received
• ETD completed
ETD software should
10. Disperse copies appropriately
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Redundancy: standard operating procedures
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Mirror on separate equipment
RAID: mirror across drives
Institutional repository
Digital library
Preservation, e.g. permanent digital preservation
system (e.g., NDLTD LOCKSS)
ETD software should
11. Provide appropriate access
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Administrative users
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Limited
Public
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Worldwide
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Open Archives harvesters
Search engines
Contracted vendors
Limited/Withheld
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Automatic timed release
ETD software should
12. Sort
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At any stage in the process
Depending on
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User constituency
Purpose
ETD software should
13. Expose
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Software appropriately
Share intellectual property appropriately
Metadata to appropriate harvesters:
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OAI-PMH
Search engines
NDLTD Union Catalog
ETD software should
14. Run on any platform
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Robust or conservative
Open or proprietary
Bring It Together at VT:
Translate Needs into Workflow
Ganesh Chunungad Narayanaswamy, Srinivasa Raghavan Santhanam, Sriram Gopal
ETD Software: Toward the Future
with Retrospective Hindsight
Thank you!
Gail McMillan, [email protected]
Digital Library and Archives, Virginia Tech
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