Scholarly Communications Tools from IMLS, Educopia, and UNT

The following message was posted to various LIS-related discussion lists on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. We're reposting in order to share with our Scholarly Communications-minded members. If you have any questions about the following, please contact Educopia directly.


The ETD Lifecycle Management project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is pleased to launch a public review of the project's Lifecycle Management Tools. The Lifecycle Management Tools are a documented suite of both new and existing open-source tools for better managing electronic theses & dissertations (ETDs). Sign up to receive the ETD Lifecycle Management Tools manual here: http://metaarchive.org/imls/index.php/Request_Tools

During the public review, Educopia is offering free one-on-one technical support and implementation consultations as needed through September 2014. 


About the ETD Lifecycle Management Tools
The Lifecycle Management Tools are a documented suite of tools to address four areas of ETD management.

  1. Virus Checking - ClamAV
  2. File Format Identifciation - Droid, Unix file, FITS, and JHOVE2
  3. Preservation Metadata - PREMIS Event Service
  4. ETD Submission - ETD Drop

The provided manual documents the purpose of each tool, recommends where to deploy them in a workflow, and explains how to use the tools.


About the Project
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the University of North Texas, in partnership with the Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations (NDLTD) and Educopia Institute, the ETD Lifecycle Management project is promoting best practices and improving the capacity of academic libraries to preserve ETDs for future researchers. The project has also released the Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs, available from Educopia Publishing (http://www.educopia.org/publishing/gdlmetd) and the NDLTD website (http://www.ndltd.org/resources/manage-etds).