ETDplus: Supporting the Evolution of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD)
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July 25, 2016

ETDplus Workbench

Preserving and Curating ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects, Curation Workbench Tool

The ETDplus Workbench is a web based tool that is designed to assist students in preparing and packaging ETD supplementary materials for long-term preservation and access. The Workbench includes configurable functions and features that integrate basic preservation actions such as virus scans, integrity checks, file format identification and validation, personally identifiable information scans, and metadata and versioning support into a simple data upload and review workflow. The tool also packages uploaded data and metadata as Bags that users can download and ingest into an array of repository and storage environments.

About the ETDplus Workbench Tool

The ETDplus project designed and piloted the open source “ETDplus Workbench Tool for Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects” from July 25 – September 19, 2016. This pilot tool has been created in Hydra-Sufia (now Samvera-Sufia).

It is available for free download and use via GitHub:

The development of the Workbench tool has been led by the Digital Library Development Team from Virginia Tech University in collaboration with the Educopia Institute.

Institutions should feel free to use, integrate, and implement this tool in whatever way works for their local audiences.

About the ETDplus Project

The ETDplus project (2014-2017) was generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.

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)


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