Mailing List Message #114491
From: Joan K. Lippincott <>
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Subject: ETDplus Virtual Workshops
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:23:31 -0500

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Educopia Institute, in partnership with a number of others, has produced an excellent series of asynchronous virtual workshops and supporting materials on issues related to production and curation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). While these can be used directly by students, they will also have value for information professionals, both to assist them with creating their own workshops and for their own professional development. 
—Joan Lippincott, CNI
Announcing the Publication of the ETDplus Virtual Workshops
(please forgive cross-posting)

Today marks the release of the ETD+ Virtual Workshop Series, the final output of the ETD+ project (2014-17), a partnership between the Educopia Institute, NDLTD, ProQuest, bepress, and twelve University libraries, generously supported by IMLS.

Focusing specifically on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, the ETD+ Virtual Workshop Series provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files.

Taught by Dr. Katherine Skinner,  the ETD+ Virtual Workshop Series is a set of free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques.

Workshop topics (approx. 15-20 minutes each) include:
Copyright (Workshop | Guidance Brief)
Data Organization (Workshop | Guidance Brief)
File Formats (Workshop | Guidance Brief)
Metadata (Workshop | Guidance Brief)
Storage (Workshop | Guidance Brief)
Version Control (Workshop | Guidance Brief)
Each module also includes supplemental material -- slides, a Guidance Brief (a booklet on each topic, published November 2017) and a printable handout summarizing key takeaways and learning objectives.

Access all of the materials now:

Please consider sharing these with graduate students (and faculty advisors) in your institution.

Earlier ETD+ Outputs
The ETDplus Virtual Workshop was built using the research project's earlier output, the ETD+ Toolkit (August 2017), which is a set of lightly formatted, easy to adopt and adapt workshop slides (with talking points) and accompanying guidance briefs.

This earlier output, the ETD+ Toolkit, was released as a CC-BY package in August 2017. The toolkit contains all of the information necessary for hosting these materials locally, including easy-to-modify slideshows, guidance brief text documents, handouts, and evaluation instruments.

The ETD+ Toolkit enables anyone with basic digital preservation knowledge to host and teach these workshops and/or provide their students with the information contained in the Guidance Briefs in a locally customized way.

For more information about the ETD+ project and its outputs, please contact or
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