Local Management and worldwide Retrieval
In Germany dissertations (Ph.D. theses) have to be published.
The author owns the copyright.
This means a heavy financial burden on young scientists
and an adminstrative burden on university libraries.
So theses are generally not well documented.
Printed theses lack the possibility of using
multimedia (color, simulation, delivering raw data),
full text retrieval and immediate online delivery.
On the other hand theses contain latest research results
and are thus extremly interesting for other groups working in the same field.
A tool to produce bibliographic meta data
specific to academic theses in compliance with the Dublin Core
has been developed in the project. An automated upload form
has been installed with workflow regulations to tranfer the documents
to the local library.
An agreement was arranged with the German National Library
concerning the set of metadata and the archiving the electronic full text.
In addition a distibuted theses wordwide network with a
retrieval system engine has been set up.
In Germany 1 broker and 5 local gatherers channel the access to
over 1.500 physics theses at German universities.
The European service contains up to now theses from Austria, France,
the Netherlands and United Kingdom.The Service is
called PhysDis: Search for thesis in Physics worldwide, see
The distributed network is set up to be scalable to include all countries,
preferrable mantaining analogously their own sector and then be linked into
The German project
'Dissertation Online' is funded by the DFG.