October 2014 to September 2017
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Supporting the evolution of ETD research products

ETDplus (2014-2017) has built on the momentum of our earlier "Lifecycle Management of ETDs" project to research and build tools to help manage a growing challenge in ETD programs: the creation and submission of materials beyond the PDF of a thesis or dissertation. Ranging from research data sets to video installations, from websites to music recitals, these digital objects are pieces of intellectual work that cannot be captured in words alone.

The project has produced guidance documentation, workshop materials, and software tools for students and staff to use in managing these complex digital objects. Generously funded by the IMLS, it has been led by Educopia Institute in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University, Indiana State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Oregon State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, ProQuest, University of Louisville, University of North Carolina School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Virginia Tech University.

Project Outputs and Deliverables

Project Advisory Group

  • Dr. Tyler Walters (Dean of Libraries, Virginia Tech)
  • Michael Witt (Purdue University, Interdisciplinary Research Librarian)
  • Christopher “Cal” Lee (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science)
  • Gail McMillan (Virginia Tech, Director of Digital Research & Scholarship Services)
  • Kathleen Shearer (Confederation of Open Access Research, Executive Director)
  • Dwayne K. Buttler (University of Louisville, Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication)
  • Amy Jo Barton (Purdue University Libraries, Metadata Specialist)

Project Steering Committee

  • Dr. Martin Halbert (UNT, Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor)
  • Holly Mercer (University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services)
  • Chris Eaker (University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries, Data Curation Librarian)
  • Carly Dearborn (Purdue University Libraries, Digital Preservation & Electronic Records Archivist)
  • Gabrielle Michalek (Carnegie Mellon University, Head of Archives & Digital Library Initiatives)
  • Michael Boock (Oregon State University, Head of Center for Digital Scholarship and Services)
  • Mike Furlough (Penn State University, Associate Dean for Research & Scholarly Communications)
  • Austin McClean (ProQuest, Director of Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing)
  • Eli Windchey (Bepress, Vice President of Consulting Services)
  • Joe Swanson, Jr. (Morehouse College, Director of Morehouse School of Medicine Library)
  • Zhiwu Xie (University Libraries Virginia Tech, Associate Professor & Technology Development Librarian)
  • Rachel Howard (University of Louisville, Digital Initiatives Librarian)
  • Cinda May (Indiana State University, Associate Librarian & Public Historian)

Deliverables & Resources

All resources created during this project and related projects can be found on the Electronic Theses and Dissertations page.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.