ETD2011: Call for Participation

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, Committee for Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA), 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 conference programme will include technical paper sessions, plenary keynote addresses, poster presentations (with at least 24 posters), panels, tutorials and workshops -- to cater for a broad audience of participants.

While the conference programme is certain to be intellectually stimulating, the location at the V&A Waterfront will provide a convenient launchpad to see Cape Town and its surrounding areas as well.  Information on travel and accommodation is available on the website.

We cordially invite you to join us at ETD2011!

Programme Details

[Full programme details can be found at:]

In summary, the programme is structured as follows:

  • 13 September : Tutorial and Conference Opening
  • 14-15 September : Keynote Addresses, Paper and Panel Sessions
  • 16-17 September : Workshops

The following papers have been accepted for presentation:

  1. Digitization efforts in the Federal University of Technology Owerri (Futo): successes, challenges, prospects/Chinwe Anunobi & Collette Onyebinama
  2. Do ETDs deter publishers? Does web availability count as prior publication?/Marisa Ramirez, Gail Mcmillan, Joan Dalton, Nancy Seamans & Max Read
  3. The dot on the i: reflections of a postgraduate student and repository manager on the etd process at the University of Pretoria/Elsabé Olivier & Ina Louw
  4. Thesis and dissertations management overview in Kosovo/Shukrije Rama
  5. Institutional repositories for open access: the Ghanaian experience/Abednego Corletey
  6. Electronic theses and dissertations in Nigeria University Libraries: status, challenges and strategies/Ifeanyi J Ezema & Cyprian Ugwu
  7. Creative partnerships to advance graduate research in the digital age/John Hagen
  8. Towards a National ETD Database: responsibilities of the libraries in Kenya/John Thuku
  9. First a trial balloon, now an established workflow: collecting electronic thesis at the German National Library/Uta Ackermann
  10. CARPET - a Directory of Generic Publishing Tools/Peter Schirmbacher
  11. Creating a National Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Portal in South Africa/Lawrence Webley, Hussein Suleman & Tatenda Chipeperekwa
  12. Building institutional repositories in KLISC Member Institutions in Kenya: emerging challenges/Rosemary Otando
  13. Assessing awareness of repositories and the Open Access Movement among ETD Faculty Advisors/Molly Dolan
  14. Enriching the VT ETD-db System with references/Sung Hee Park & Edward A. Fox
  15. Social factors influencing the adoption and development of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) programmes in the Arab Gulf States/Jamal Alsalmi, Dr Chern Li Liew & Brenda Chawner
  16. Data desiccation: facilitating long-term access, use, and reuse of ETDs/Daniel Alemneh & Mark Phillips
  17. Two South African institutional repositories: a comparative overview/Annah Macha & Karin De Jager
  18. Examining access by country, language and areas of knowledge/Ana Pavani
  19. Where sharing should not go: establishing administrative protocols for copyright compliance and plagiarism detection/Charles Greenberg & Austin Mclean
  20. Improving accessibility to collections of electronic theses and dissertations/Venkat Srinivasan & Edward Fox
  21. University digital scholarship centers and support for graduate thesis and dissertation work/Joan Lippincott
  22. VT ETD-db 2.0: rewriting ETD-db system/Sung Hee Park, Paul Mather, Kimberli D. Weeks & Gail Mcmillan
  23. The role of stakeholders: electronic theses and dissertations submission workflow for the University of Johannesburg/Lazarus Matizirofa
  24. Digitization of theses and dissertations: status quo India/Dr Mangala Hirwade
  25. Panel on plans related to the NDLTD Union Catalog/Edward Fox

There will be three workshops to discuss specific topics in detail and advance the state of the art:

  • Workshop 1: Distributed Digital Preservation for ETDs
  • Workshop 2: Data Curation
  • Workshop 3: Lets get started! Creating Institutional Repositories using open source software

Details on the workshops can be found at:

Late-Breaking Results

We can still accommodate some late-breaking results in the form of posters at the conference.  If you wish to submit a poster to the conference, contact the programme chairs [Hussein <> and Elsabé <>] before 31 July 2011.


Register for the conference online at:

The deadline for early registration is 1 August 2011.

Travel Grants and Student Grants

There is some funding available for travel grants.  See the website for details.  The deadline for travel grant applications is 8 July 2011.

Students are encouraged to participate in the conference.  Funding is available to support some students in related disciplines (Library and Information Science, Computer Science, etc.) to participate in the conference.  See the website for details.  The deadline for student grant applications is 20 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/NDLTD
* 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