ETD2011: Call for Papers, Presentations, Posters, Panels and Workshops

ETD2011 - 14th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations
13-17 September 2011
Cape Town, South Africa


ETD2011 is the latest in a series of international conferences of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). The expected audience will include advocates, practitioners, researchers and students working in the area of electronic theses and dissertations and, more broadly, open access and digital repositories.  The conference is hosted in South Africa by the SA National Research Foundation, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.  ETD2011 will provide local and international attendees with the opportunity to exchange ideas and enrich their respective programmes, bridging the infamous north-south divide.

The theme of ETD2011 is: "From Islands to Global Interconnectedness", in the spirit of the African philosophical notion that we are who we are because of others. Open Access repositories, and ETD programmes in particular, have reached a stage of widespread acceptance around the world.  Many attendees will come from institutions where ETD programmes already exist or are imminent.  It is therefore appropriate that we now look to the development of relationships among institutions to, firstly, support one another at the level of policy and advocacy, secondly, provide users with services that span institutional and regional boundaries and, lastly, address global problems such as preservation by means of collaboration.

The conference programme will include technical paper sessions, plenary keynote addresses, poster presentations, panels, tutorials and workshops -- to cater for a broad audience of participants.

We invite you to submit a paper, poster or panel or workshop proposal for ETD2011.


Submissions are encouraged in, but not restricted to, the following areas:
- dataset curation
- digital libraries
- digital/institutional repositories
- digitization
- graduate education
- intellectual property, copyright and publishing
- interoperability and union collections
- metadata standards
- multimedia ETDs
- non-traditional theses, such as creative works
- national/regional collaborations
- policies for ETD programmes
- preservation
- privacy
- production of ETDs
- statistics and reporting
- workflows and processes


For papers, posters and workshop and panel proposals, submit an abstract of up to 500 words in a PDF or plain text document.  Clearly indicate the authors, title and format (paper/poster/panel/workshop).  For papers and posters, ensure that you outline the aims/objectives, methods, results and conclusions in your abstract.  For workshops and panels, indicate the aims/objectives, programme and intended audience.

All papers will be presented in the main sessions of the conference.

All authors of accepted paper abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for peer-review prior to publication.  This is optional.  If a paper passes the peer-review, it may be published as a "peer-reviewed" paper; if a paper does not pass the peer-review, it may be published as a "regular" paper.  Authors who choose not to submit their papers for peer-review may have their papers published as "regular" papers in the proceedings.

The template and guidelines for papers is located at:

Accepted posters will be viewable in dedicated poster sessions and will be on display throughout the conference.  Posters will also be archived electronically.

Workshops will be held after the main conference to explore specialised topics in detail and may be focused on any aspect of significant interest to the community.  Proposers of successful workshops will be responsible for the content of those workshops.

Panels will be interspersed with the paper sessions.  Proposers of successful panels will be responsible for the content/speakers of those panels.

All submissions must be made through the Easychair online submission system.  Use the following URL and log in or create an account in order to submit your abstract:


Submission of abstracts: EXTENDED to 7 March 2011
Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 April 2011

Submission of full papers (for Peer Review): 31 May 2011
Notification of peer review outcome: 14 July 2011

Submission of full papers (Regular Papers): 31 July 2011

Organising Committee

* Janine Dunlop, University of Cape Town
* Pascal Hoba, Association of African Universities
* Thuli Khoza, NRF
* Patricia Liebetrau, University of Kwazulu-Natal
* Pateka Matshaya, University of the Western Cape/CHELSA
* Elsabe Olivier, University of Pretoria
* Reggie Raju, Stellenbosch University
* Hannie Sander, University of Johannesburg/CHELSA
* Daisy Selematsela, NRF, Conference Chair
* Ina Smith, Stellenbosch University
* Heinrich Spingies, NRF
* Hussein Suleman, University of Cape Town, Programme Chair
* Felix Ubogu, University of the Witwatersrand/CHELSA
* Henda van der Berg, NRF