Friday, June 18, 2010

Poster Session: Examining acces by country and language


Ana M B Pavani, Ana C E Mazzeto

PUC-Rio is a BDTD member institution and its collection has over 5K ETDs. The university offers graduate programs in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science & Technology. Though the ETD program started in March 2000, access logs to ETDs have been saved only since June 2004.

The authors decided to examine the logs to try to understand the importance of the ETD collection as a reference to speakers of the two languages. This analysis has been yielding interesting results concerning accesses from:

–* Spanish speaking countries – Latin American countries and Spain;

– * Portuguese speaking countries – Portugal and former Portuguese colonies.

This paper addresses a mapping of the accesses by country, language and region, always considering the country population and, when available, its educational level. The numbers are also compared (as percentages) to total international accesses.

ETD Veterans panel- Back to the future

A panel of veterans launched into some of the hurdles that the ETD movement has confronted in the last decade.

Tim Brace, the moderator and recipient of a 2010 NDLTD leadership award, started the discussion by reading the main program elements from the 2001 ETD conference and asking if anything of the overall interest areas and concerns have changed.

Thomas Dowling shared his geographic proximity with ACS and OCLC and the ability of librarians to change OCLC restrictive policies through banding together for advocacy. Gail McMillan reminded everyone that at that early conference a major publisher, when asked, revealed their acceptance, not opposition, to ETD repositories. Ed Fox emphasized overcoming fears through unity, seeking partnerships, and changing relationship with colleagues, and building a culture of confidence and strength.

The discussion moved to embargoes, and Terry Kahn from the UT Graduate School shared a recent experience with a log-term embargo request and the need to counsel the student about the power of open scholarship. Terry said emphatically that we are on a mission, and that the system of required pre-thesis professional articles is a distracting and incorrect trend that we can advocate against. John Hagen talked about the restrictions imposed by national security concerns that remain unresolved.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Electronic Poster: State of ETDs in Pakistan

State of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in Pakistan: A case study of the Higher Commission of Pakistan (HEC) Depository

Maqsood Ahmad Shaheen, Muhammad Javed Iqbal

The study reviews the existing literature and projects on ETDs in Pakistan. The survey method aims to bring about the present state of ETDs in university libraries in Pakistan, assess the user as well as library staff expertise on these ETDs and the skills required by the librarians to cater user needs.

Poster: Opening the Corral Gate To Collaboration

Opening the Corral Gate To Collaboration, Open Access and Electronic Theses

Janice Cox

This poster presentation will describe the collaborations, electronic theses, institutional repository, and access experience of the Indiana University School of Dentistry Library. Indiana University School of Dentistry’s digitized ETD submissions began in 2009. The IUSDL has been committed to investigating transformative services that not only support the teaching, research, patient care and community outreach activities of the school’s faculty, staff, and students but introduce service flexibility and user empowerment. IUPUI ScholarWorks, the campus’s IR, provided an opportunity to transform an existing service where dissemination and access of graduate student research was corralled by its original design and operational procedures.

Poster Session: ETDs in the Lone Star State

The State of ETDs in the Lone Star State: A Survey of Thesis and Dissertation Granting Institutions in Texas Stephanie A Larrison, Ginger Dickens

Objective: To provide a point of reference on the status of ETDs at Texas institutions and to guide program planning for the newly formed Texas Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (TxETDA).

Methods: Surveyed library and graduate school staff at 52 thesis or dissertation granting institutions in Texas during November 2009 via an online survey.

Plenary Session: James Crawford, Engineering Director for Google Books

Google has big ideas. Books as a corpus of human knowledge. All books- buy anywhere, read anywhere, sell electronic books from kiosks in every public library. According to James, talented engineers get 20% of their time off to create things. I guess we can substitute the word thesis for book, though he did not say this.

USETDA survey to build US ETD collaboration

The USETDA would like your input. Please visit and complete their brief questionnaire. USETDA wants to encourage the development of state-wide ETD associations, support ETD professionals in their work, and develop a clearinghouse of ETD information to better inform mulitiple audiences on ETD issues and initiatives.

Copyright and Fair Use Plenary

Georgia Harper, Gretchen McCord Hoffman, and Kevin Norris presented the Thursday morning plenary on intellectual property. The preentation files should be on the program website after the conference. There are also video recordings being made of plenary sessions.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Seven channels of change- Larry Johnson's opening keynote

His seven trends:
“Computing in Three Dimensions”
“Games Are Reality”
“Keyboards are for Older People”
“Users ARE the Content”
“Collective Intelligence is the New Knowledge”
“The People Are the Network”
"The network is everywhere"

During the question and answer, when asked about the future of Libraries, he reminded us that libraries preserve current knowledge for the students of the future.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ETD 2010 Conference - Keynote Speakers

Larry Johnson, PhD
The 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.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Getting ready for Austin, Texas

Warm days are ahead in Austin. Temperatures will average 90°F / 33°C in the daytime and 75°F / 23°C in the evenings. There is a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms forecast for Thursday, otherwise it will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny all week.

Be sure to bring plenty of suncreen. Travel safely and see you in Austin!

Austin Weather Forecast, TX (78712)