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Electronic theses: the turning point.

Copeland, Susan; Penman, Andrew; Milne, Richard


Susan Copeland

Andrew Penman

Richard Milne


In 2002, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) made funding available for a number of universities in the UK to undertake work relating to the development of theses in electronic format. Working in collaboration with the British Library, the universities considered issues ranging from advocacy and copyright to metadata and the selection of software for e-theses repositories. Two of the projects ended recently and the third is due to complete, on schedule, in 2005. This paper describes the key findings from one of these projects. Information is also provided about the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) project which has been funded by JISC for a period of eighteen months from January 2005. EThOS aims to deliver a fully operational, easily scalable and financially viable prototype UK e-theses online service which will allow the recommendations made by the earlier projects to be tested.


COPELAND, S., PENMAN, A. and MILNE, R., 2005. Electronic theses: the turning point. Program: electronic library and information systems [online], 39 (3), pages 185-197. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2005
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2005
Publication Date Sep 30, 2005
Deposit Date Nov 9, 2006
Publicly Available Date Nov 9, 2006
Journal Program: electronic library and information systems
Print ISSN 0033-0337
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 185-197
Keywords Theses; Electronic publishing; Higher education; United Kingdom
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