Digital dissertations network worldwide

March 24, 1999
Presentation by Edward A. Fox


In 1987 the first public meeting was held to explore how SGML might relate to doctoral dissertations. Now, the NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) has over fifty members scattered around the globe, and there is widespread agreement that in the future all theses and dissertations will be kept in digital libraries. NDLTD has members in Germany as well as other nations, a freely accessible Web collection with multi-lingual federated search capabilities, and a rich set of educational materials to help authors create multimedia/hypermedia documents. Since the goals of NDLTD include improving graduate education, helping the future scholars of the world learn how to communicate more effectively through electronic documents, and increasing access to scholarly research worldwide, it is appropriate that this initiative be discussed at IuK'99.