Alexandros Koulouris, Sarantos Kapidakis: Three Disposition Policies of Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Three Disposition Policies of Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Alexandros Koulouris
Sarantos Kapidakis

Ionian University. Department of Archive and Library Sciences

akoul@ionio.gr
sarantos@ionio.gr

Plateia Eleftherias, Palea Anaktora, Corfu 49100, Greece

Keywords:
Disposition policies, ETDs, Digital Libraries, Access Policies, Electronic Theses, Electronic Dissertations

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the disposition policies of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) among three institutions: National Documentation Centre of Greece (NDC), Virginia Tech (VT) and West Virginia University (WVU) of USA. Also, we compare the implemented disposition policies by the three institutions. We analyze their similarities and differences. We select the three institutions because they comprise a representative sample of different national ETD initiatives.

At this new stage of the ETDs, there are various problems such as the security of the digital material, the control of the access to the digital content and the selection of disposition policy or policies of the digital content. These questions demand further investigation.

While the content of the dissertations and the technologies to provide them exist, the availability is limited by the absence of decisions concerning the applicability of policies. We suggest alternative access policies in order the ETDs to be more open and accessible to all.

We analyze these questions and make suggestions about the solution approaches of these problems, especially solutions about the disposition policies of the digital material. In these proposed disposition policies, we take into account some criteria, such as, to be acceptable from all (Students, Universities, Providers, Publishers etc.), to conform to the current national legislation on copyrights, to ensure the viability of the digital libraries of ETDs etc.

Finally, we compare the implemented and the proposed policies. The more restricted proposed policies try to ensure better security of the digital material, to eliminate the fears of the publishers about prior publication, to ensure funds for the viability of the digital libraries of ETDs or to serve the different classes of users according to their various needs and their financial capabilities.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Front pageThree Disposition Policies of Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Preface Preface
1 National Documentation Centre of Greece (NDC)
1.1Throwback of the digital library
1.2Digitization limitations
1.3Disposition policy - retrieval - evaluation - problems
2 Virginia Tech (VT)
2.1Disposition policies of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
2.1.1Unrestricted access policy
2.1.2Restricted access policy
2.1.3Mixed access policy
2.1.4Withheld access policy
3 West Virginia University (WVU)
3.1Disposition policies of ETDs
3.1.1World access or world wide distribution
3.1.2Campus only access or WVU only distribution
3.1.3Campus encrypted access
3.1.4No access or restricted access
4 Comparison among the implemented disposition policies of the three institutions
5 Proposals of disposition policies for ETDs
5.1Comparison among the proposed and the implemented disposition policies
6 Conclusions
Bibliography Bibliography

Table of Tables

Tabelle 1: Differences among the disposition policies of the three institutions
Tabelle 2: Proposals of disposition policies for ETDs


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