Friday, May 21, 2010

ETD 2010 Conference - Registration is Open

Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend ETD 2010 - the 13th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations to be held June 16 - 18, 2010 at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA. The Conference program is available online.

To register for the ETD 2010 Conference, visit

The ETD 2010 Conference will focus on electronic theses and dissertations, institutional repositories, open access and integrative e-learning processes in higher education. Discussion topics will focus on collaboration, innovation, and sustainability including open access, scholarly communications, intellectual property, digital preservation, digital library standards, platforms/demonstrations, new trends and a special emphasis on Latin American developments. This year we have an outstanding lineup of experts who will share their visions of the future of electronic scholarly publishing.

ETD 2010 Featured Speakers

- Dan Clancy, Engineering Director, Google Book Search,
Google Book Search
- Laurence F. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, New Media Consortium
- Austin McLean, Director, Product Management, ProQuest
- Georgia Harper, Scholarly Communications Advisor, University of Texas Libraries
- Tim Brace, Assistant Director, Office of the Registrar, University of Texas at Austin
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Representative

Conference activities will also include presentations from prominent librarians, graduate school administrators, information technology specialists and technology solution providers from 4 continents. There will be 4 plenary sessions, 46 papers (breakout sessions) as well as 30 poster exhibitors and a Technology Fair with sponsored exhibits by commercial and non-profit organizations.

The conference will provide fantastic venues at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Just a few miles from the airport, it is downtown Austin's only residentially-accredited IACC conference facility, proudly featuring uniquely designed
conference spaces and comfortable guest rooms with excellent technical services.

What to do for fun in Austin
To quote the Austin visitor's guide, "It's hip and trendy, yet in a vintage sort of way. It's high-tech and laid-back. It's politically charged and culturally rich. It's eclectic by nature and creative by design. Most of all, it's a place where people like to have a good time.". We've included links to the visitor's center, as well as some restaurant links and music attractions. Most music venues do not accept reservations, but some, for special attractions, will pre-sell tickets. Your best bet is to take some time, look at some of the places we've listed
online, and plan ahead.

Online Conference Registration is now open! We have secured a range of low cost
accommodations available, including discount on-campus lodging.

Register for ETD 2010 today!

Still need convincing about the benefits of attending ETD 2010? Read the following and pass the information along to your Graduate School, Information Technology and University Library Deans and Directors.

In these very challenging financial times, what makes the NDLTD's ETD Conference series worthwhile? Consider the following:

About the NDLTD

Thanks to the support of NDLTD members, affiliates and sponsors world-wide, 2009 was the most successful year in NDLTD history. The
ETD 2009 Conference at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania was the capstone event for the organization. This year's conference looks to build on this momentum. We hope that you are planning to join us in Austin for ETD 2010, to be held at the University of Texas in Austin, TX, USA.

Recently the NDLTD union catalog crossed a major milestone. Participating institutions now make over
one million electronic theses and dissertations available for harvesting. NDLTD is helping many others in setting up their ETD repositories, ensuring continued growth of this important collection. To use and/or contribute to the union catalog, please visit and use any of the services available there.

The NDLTD also supports many other activities, such as ETD awards and travel grants, and ETD-ms, the emerging standard for ETD metadata. You can find out more at, the NDLTD web site.

Your participation in NDLTD activities is vital for the continued health of the organization and indicates that you are aware of the importance of making theses and dissertations available electronically. You know how it improves the visibility of student research, how it helps them in their career, and how it improves all research by making previously hidden works easily accessible to a worldwide audience.

NDLTD relies on individuals like you. If your institution is not a member, or its membership has lapsed, please let your superiors know how a modest membership fee makes a world of difference. Membership fees directly support NDLTD activities to increase the visibility of graduate research. As an added benefit, attendees from member institutions enjoy a 10% discount on the registration fee for the ETD 2010 Conference.
Join NDLTD today.

How Attending the ETD 2010 Conference Can Help

- Make an investment in your institution. Studies consistently show that organizations which invest in open access programs such as ETD implementation and institutional repository collection development receive greater recognition on a global scale for their faculty and student's research efforts. With today's competition, how long can your institution afford to go unnoticed? Attendance at the ETD 2010 conference can be a low cost / high impact way to rapidly make a difference at your institution.

- Make an investment in your staff. Studies consistently show that organizations that invest in their people have higher staff morale levels and job satisfaction. Is your staff up-to-date on latest trends and standards? In times when morale and satisfaction can be battered by the lack of raises, salary reductions and increasing work loads, attendance at an ETD Conference can be a low cost way to improve the situation.

- Networking and development ensures you are deriving the maximum value from the investment you have made, and continue to make, in your technology and scholarly communications endeavors and solutions. It's not news that in today's environment, you need to make every dollar stretch further than before. One way to do that is to make sure your people know how to derive the greatest efficiency from your systems and services for both your staff and users. Engaging your staff in ETD symposia helps achieve that goal.

- New dimensions in electronic scholarly communications, related services and products require new understanding. The NDLTD is well known for its continued delivery of innovative ideas and development of standards for the global community since 1996. ETD Symposia provide a comprehensive source that helps your staff remain informed on latest trends, lessons learned and best practices.

- Networking allows for the sharing of ideas and solutions. One of the real values of attending the annual ETD conferences is having the opportunity to meet face-to-face and talk with colleagues, peers and experts about how they are dealing with many of the same challenges you are facing. Often new approaches and solutions to existing issues are found, discussed and explored in these forums.

Attending the ETD 2010 Conference is an investment, not an expense, in the future of your University's scholarly communications. At the very time when Graduate Schools, University Libraries and Information Technology groups face increased demands for their services, these conferences help position your organization to meet those demands. Regardless of whether your institution is a rookie or a veteran to the process, you will benefit by attending. Join us.

Register today to attend. It is the best investment decision you will ever make in your institution.
On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee, we hope to see you in Austin in June at ETD 2010!

Fred Heath, Chair, ETD 2010 Symposium
John Hagen, NDLTD Conference Committee

ETD 2010 Conference Organizers

The ETD 2010 Conference is organized by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin Libraries.

Monday, May 10, 2010

ETD 2010 Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr. Larry JohnsonThe New Media Consortium, Austin, Texas

Laurence F. Johnson, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of The New Media Consortium (NMC), an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded universities, museums, and research centers in the world, as well as some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies. Johnson is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and the topics of creativity, innovation, and how to think about the future. With more than 25 years of experience in the higher education arena, he served in campus roles that included faculty dean, CIO, provost, and president before joining the NMC in 2001.

Seven Channels of Change: How Technology is Unfolding, Everywhere We Look
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 1:30 pm
Amphitheater 204

After nearly a decade of tracking the evolution of emerging technology as part of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, Larry Johnson, the Horizon Project’s founder and visionary leader, has uncovered seven clear patterns in the evolution of technology that can only be seen over time. From his research, it is clear that these seven powerful channels are at the heart of how learning, work, and play are evolving everywhere in the world and in every sector of education. While the technologies and practices highlighted in the eleven editions of the Horizon Report published over the past decade are being implemented in ways that reflect local constraints and challenges around the globe, the project has been remarkably prescient in its projections. Virtually all of the technologies highlighted in past Horizon Reports have become commonplace and integrated into everyday activities. All of them continue to unfold, converge and morph, and as they do, they are moving along seven channels, in ways that have greatly influenced almost every form of human activity. What is obvious through the lens of time is that while the currents and eddies of emerging technology are complex, what the Horizon Report have been detailing are developments fueled by these seven profound channels of change. Join Johnson, the Horizon Project’s founder and visionary leader, as he outlines these seven pathways of innovation and technological evolution that he believes are deeply impacting how we think about our world; the ways we teach, learn, work, and create; and especially how we communicate.

James Crawford, PhD
Engineering Director for the Google Books Project

Google Books has the modest goal of scanning the world’s books and making the data searchable online.

Prior to joining Google, Dr. Crawford was Executive Vice president at Composite Software, an enterprise software startup in the bay area. During his four years at Composite, his teams delivered next generation data integration technology to some of the world’s largest financial institutions, manufacturers, and multiple government agencies.

Before joining Composite Software, Dr. Crawford spent three years at NASA’s Ames Research Center as lead for autonomy and robotics. Among many other projects, one of his teams delivered the optimized activity planner used by both the Opportunity and Spirit Mars rovers. Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Crawford was the optimization architect for the i2 Technologies supply chain planner, co-founded the Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory (CIRL) at the University of Oregon, and worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories (back when the creators of Unix were still in residence).

Dr. Crawford has authored over 15 papers in referred journals and conferences, and holds five patents. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Artificial Intelligence and his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Rice University.

The Present & Future of Google Books
Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 1:30 pm
Amphitheater 204

The Google Books project has the modest goal of scanning all of the world’s books, converting them to digital form, and making them searchable as easily as web pages. To date over twelve million books containing over four billion pages have been scanned and digitized. The challenges have been one part technical, including OCR for dozens of languages, and one part legal (copyright laws were inherited from a different age). As the corpus emerges, and the legal challenges are overcome, books are becoming more accessible than ever before and new opportunities are arising in areas ranging from social collaboration to linguistic analysis.