ETD2017 Symposium Program Overview

ETD2017, the 20th international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations will be held August 7 – 9, 2017  at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will be hosted by George Mason University with additional support from the Washington Research Library Consortium and co-organized by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA).

ETD2017 will provide excellent educational opportunities for professionals from graduate schools, libraries, academic computing and others who work with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), institutional repositories, graduate students and scholarly communications. Our goal is to offer relevant, practice-oriented content to support ETD productivity improvement, ETD professionals, advance ETD operations and encourage the formation of regional ETD associations and networking communities as well as to provide useful and innovative resources, standards, and technology for the development and support of ETD programs.

Keynote Speaker

This year's program includes keynote speaker Clifford Lynch, CNI Executive Director.

Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

He served as co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) from 2011-16; he is active on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Cliff Lynch is a well-known and sought-after speaker on topics such as library research, the future of digital libraries and how technology impacts librarianship. In his keynote address "Re-thinking Institutional Repositories and Evolving Ideas about ETDs" Lynch will discuss the role of institutional repositories and ETDs, critical assessments and directions for the future.

Supporting ETDs was one of the earliest and most compelling justifications for building IR services. In the past year or so, many institutions are reconsidering both their objectives and their platforms in the IR arena. Lynch will review where this stands, with particular reference to what the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) learned at a recent series of Executive Roundtable discussions at their last meeting.

In addition, the nature of the ETD is itself evolving. In particular there is growing interest in more fully documenting the research outcomes (through software, data, and multimedia materials), in ensuring reproducibility of experimental results, where appropriate. And there is interest in moving beyond ETDs that are merely PDF – essentially electronic printed pages – to content that can be more easily mined, reused, and repurposed; this will mean new markup standards and practices, and, probably, revised metadata practices. Lynch will look at both of these developments, and what they mean to repositories and to institutions more broadly.

Program Highlights

The full program includes 3 conference workshops, 28 breakout presentations (21 brief and 7 extended presentations) as well as 3 user group meetings, plenary sessions, a poster presentation session, a technology vendor fair and a variety of networking opportunities. You can view author/title/abstract information in the Conference Proceedings (Note: presentations and papers will be made available at conference time).

ETD2017 Symposium at-a-glance

ETD2017 Program Schedule
Sunday, August 6, 2017
12:00pm - 5:00pmAM & PM Tours
Monday, August 7, 2017
8:00am - 4:00 pmRegistration & Vendor Fair (Capital Foyer)
Capital BCapital CCapital D
9:00am - 12:00pmWorkshop: Streamlining ETD Processing using Vireo 4.0 Open Source ETD Submission and Management System: Larrison, Peterson-Lugo, StarcherWorkshop: ETDs for Rookies - Newcomer's Session: Hagen and Panelists
10:30am - 10:45amBreak (Capital Foyer)
12:00pm - 1:30pmLunch (Capital A) - Welcome From The Hosts, ETD Awards Presentation
1:30pm - 2:30pmOpening Plenary - "3-Minute Thesis Competition" (Capital CD)
Break (Capital Foyer)
2:45pm - 3:45pm(1) Fostering Connections: Creation of an IR Managers Forum; (2) Using Islandora Digital Repository for Developing the CUHK ETD Collection; (3) Purdue Graduate School Improves Thesis Authoring and Submission Processes with Overleaf
Session Moderator: Sally Evans
(1) Human Subjects Protection based ETDs in the OATD Resource Discovery Service; (2) Bridging Information Disparities through ETDs in Academic Libraries: Case Studies from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Session Moderator: John Hagen
(1) Using Social Network Analysis to Understand the Citation Life Cycle of ETDs in Taiwan; (2) Back to the Blackboard: Connecting Thesis and Dissertation Students to Resources through a Web-based Course; (3) Scenarios for Advanced Services in an ETD Digital Library
Session Moderator: Stacey Marien
4:00pm - 5:00pm(1) Current Trends and Progress of Institutional Repositories in BRICS Countries; (2) The Development and Prospect of ETDs of Taiwan and Hong Kong: Case Study from National Central Library (NCL) of Taiwan and Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); (3) Fuzzy Based Quality of Service (QoS) for Institutional Repositories
Session Moderator: Christy Shorey
(1) Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Repositories: A Case Study of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana; (2) ETDs in Languages Other Than Portuguese at PUC-Rio; (3) National Level ETD Efforts in Shodhganga, a Platform of Research Output in Indian Universities: A Comparative Study Session Moderator: Lou Haines

(1) Exploratory Practice on ETDs for Better Information Literacy; (2) Ensuring Zero Plagiarism through APA Citation Standards, a Genuine Originality Expected to the Doctoral Theses: India Scenario               Session Moderator: Scott Eldredge

5:00pm - 5:30pmBreak (Capital Foyer)
5:30pm - 7:30pmWelcome Reception (K Street Atrium)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pmRegistration & Vendor Fair (Capital Foyer)
8:00am -9:15amBreakfast and Networking Tables (Capital A)
9:15am - 10:45amIntroduction & Keynote (Capital CD) Keynote Introduction
10:45am - 11:00amBreak (Capital Foyer)
11:00am - 12:-00pm

(1) Multimedia and Non-text Research in Theses and EThOS Webservice
Session Moderator: Suzanne Chase

Creative Writing and ETDs from 3 Perspectives: a Campus, a Professional Association and a Disseminator
Session Moderator: Matt Mariner

(1) Institutional repository, Digital Theses and Research Data for Improving Visibility: the Case of the Peruvian University for Applied Sciences; (2) Mapping the Landscape of ETDs in IRs: Results from the Institutional Repository Policy Survey
Session Moderator: Scott Eldredge
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch (Capital A) 
Independent Publishing: Returning Control to Academic Authors & Institutions in All Stages of the Academic Life Cycle: Glasstree Academic Publishing

1:30pm - 2:30pmChallenges and Opportunities: Undergraduate Honors Theses in the IR@UF: Swicord, Shorey
Session Moderator: Matt Mariner
Hometown ETDs Make it to the Big Time: The Collective Power of Collaboration and Consortiums to Connect: Flynn, Green, Larrison, Peterson-Lugo
Session moderator: John Hagen
Passive ORCiD Adoption in ETDs at Research Universities: Barba, Lyon, Thompson
Session Moderator: Amy Sullivan
2:30pm - 4:00pmTechnology Fair and Poster Session (Capital Foyer)
4:00pm - 5pmOhioLink Users Group MeetingETD Administrator User Group MeetingVireo Users Group Meeting
5:00pm - 6:00pmNDLTD Committee Meetings (conference attendees invited to attend)
6:00pmDine Arounds
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
8:00am - 1:00pmRegistration & Vendor Fair (Capital Foyer)
9:00am- 12:00pmWhen the Dissertation is Not the Main Event: Evans, Wieringa (9:00am - 10:00am)
Session Moderator: Matt Mariner
Workshop: Managing and Preserving Data and Complex Digital Objects Workshop: Skinner, Meister (Educopia) (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Session Moderator: John Hagen
Tracing Our Global Connections: A Bibliographic Analysis of UNT Digital Library Item Usage Among Global ETDs: Andrews, Alemnah, Harker, Klein (9:00am - 10:00am)
Session Moderator: Lou Haines
10:00am - 10:15amBreak (Capital Foyer)
Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp: Redd, Foley (10:15am - 11:15am)
Session Moderator: Sally Evans
(1) Creation of Dynamic Ontologies for Graphical Representation in User Interface using NeOn in Shodhganga; (2) Exploring Open Source Solutions in the Management of ETD Processes (10:15am - 11:15am)
Session Moderator: Amy Sullivan
12:00pm - 12:15pmBreak (Capital Foyer)
12:15pm - 1:00pmClosing Plenary (Capital CD)
1:00pm -Tours


Conference Presentations List

Special Interest Session Highlights

Conference Workshops

We pleased to offer intensive learning experiences through our free conference workshop series. Each workshop is 3 hours in length. Sessions include:

For complete descriptions visit the conference workshops Webpage.

User’s Group Meetings

3-Minute Thesis Competition

  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Graduate students from the Washington, DC region will participate in the competition to be held at ETD2017.

ETD Awards

  • The NDLTD 2017 ETD Innovation and Leadership Awards will be presented in a ceremony to be held at ETD2017 (nominations due by May 31, 2017).

Networking Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to participate in a number of structured as well as informal networking opportunities to discuss a variety of ETD topics with colleagues and special interest groups including breakfasts, lunches, user’s group meetings and breakout sessions throughout the conference. The Welcome Reception to be held on Monday evening will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Tuesday evening includes a “Dine-Around” excursion to visit nearby venues in Washington, DC.

Poster Session

We will host a Poster Presentation session on the 2nd day of the Conference.

Technology / Vendor Fair

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with a variety of Conference Sponsors to learn about new and innovative digital library products and services as well as graduate programs at supporting institutions. The Vendor Fair will be an ongoing event held through the duration of the Conference – with a special Vendor Fair session scheduled on the 2nd day of the Conference.

Meeting Room Location / Map (Embassy Suites Hotel)


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This conference is organized by the United States Electronic Theses and Dissertations Association (USETDA) and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). For additional information, please contact USETDA.