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June 12, 2017

Introduction to the ETDplus Toolkit

The ETD+ Toolkit was designed by Educopia Institute, the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, ProQuest, and 12 U.S. research libraries to help the academic community to train students to ensure the longevity and accessibility of their research outputs. Its purpose is to train students to manage their research outputs, including data, software code, audio video files, digital text, digital art, visualizations, and GIS datasets.

The toolkit provides real-time advice to students that will:

  • Help students make sure that their research outputs are stored and maintained in durable formats and on durable devices;
  • Help students make informed decisions about file formats, documentation, and rights.

The Toolkit also contains resources to help administrators better understand the digital research outputs students are creating and assess what they need to collect and care for as part of the institutional memory.

The ETD+ Toolkit is the result of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Educopia Institute led the creation of the Toolkit in partnership with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, ProQuest and 12 U.S. research libraries.