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									                  AUSTRALIAN DIGITAL THESES PROGRAM

                          BUSINESS PLAN 2002-2006

                       Revised version September 2002


This plan proposes financial, administrative and governance arrangements for
the future of the Australian Digital Theses Program. The pilot stage of the ADT
has demonstrated its technical viability through its adoption of simple standards
and protocols. The growth of a centralised metadata repository harvested from
Dublin Core data residing in distributed databases of theses provides a single
point of access to Australian fundamental research. The ADT Program provides
a vehicle for innovation in scholarly publishing and a practical way for librarians
and faculty to work together. The ADT Program has earned international
recognition and enhances the reputation of both Australian scholarship and the
innovative practice of Australian academic libraries.

The ADT Program now needs a stable financial basis and a formal policy and
governance structure. This plan sets out the current status of the Program,
analyses the environment in which the ADT operates, identifies strategic
responses and critical success factors. The operation of the ADT Program is
described in Section 5.


Seven Australian universities developed the model for the ADT Program between
1998 and 1999. The University of New South Wales was been the lead
institution, accompanied by the Australian National University, Curtin University
of Technology, Griffith University, University of Melbourne, University of
Queensland and the University of Sydney. An Australian Research Council grant
provided initial funding. The scope of the ADT Program is to c reate a research
database and therefore has been restricted to PhD and Masters (research)

This collaborative project developed and implemented a distributed database
model. Each institution hosts electronic versions of theses. Metadata from each
institution are harvested to build a centralised metadata repository, providing a
single point of access. The project has developed standards for metadata,
filenames, URI structures and document formats. The software used for thesis
submission has proven itself. It is available free to institutions joining the ADT
Program. Authors submitting theses can apply access restrictions.

At the end August 2002, there were 22 formal institutional members, with 13 of
these institutions contributing to the ADT Program, providing access to around
600+ theses. The University of New South Wales Library maintains the ADT
metadata repository and server, and has continued to provide support for
implementation and software. The Library also maintains a bulletin board and
electronic discussion lists for communication among ADT members. The
Program has also advocated the establishment of local procedures for the
deposit and/or direct submission of digital theses and to seek any necessary
changes to local rules of submission in order to accept digital versions of theses.
There has been little progress on the latter point.

The ADT Program is a member of the international Networked Digital Library of
Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) Steering Committee,Standards Committee,
Strategic Planning Committee and since ETD2002, Promotional Committee.
Senior UNSW Library staff have attended meetings of the steering and standards
committees in 2000 and 2001.



Key environmental factors influencing the ADT Program are:

   Online delivery of information as the preferred mode of service
   Information services exist in a distributed environment, reflecting institutional
   Maturation of key standards and protocols in digitisation, metadata and
    resource discovery
   Ongoing development of online rights management systems
   Commercial opportunities in Web delivery of information are still risky
   Pressures from academics, researchers and librarians to challenge current
    forms of scholarly publishing
   Rapid development of self-publishing and self-archiving, demonstrated by the
    Open Archives Initiative
   Pressure from government and industry to make fundamental research
    accessible and available.


   University Microfilms International. While UMI is not a current competitor, any
    changes in their business directions will require monitoring
   Third-party e-publishers such as Academic Dissertation Publishers
   Commercial publishers.

Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats


   Unique in Australia – the “only game in town”
   Recognised in the international ETD community as a leader and innovator
   Model of centralised metadata repository and distributed database proven in
    ADT and PictureAustralia
   Low cost of centralised software maintenance and program administration
   High degree of institutional autonomy
   Standards used are proven and cost-effective
   Promotes Australian research to domestic and international audiences
   Australian contribution to international best practice and standing in the
   Authors can control access to their research and control their intellectual
   Useful tool in training research students
   Exposure of theses provides employment opportunities to students.


   Extent of coverage depends on local policies
   Local technical effort is required to implement and sustain contributions
   Promotion and visibility largely dependent on local efforts
   Lack of formal structure to sustain promotion and advocacy
   No strategies to guarantee long term access and preservation
   No reliable ways to measure usage and assess demand (problem of
    measuring usage in the Web environment)
   Unresolved concerns about longterm preservation of digital theses in
    comparison with printed copies on acid-free paper
   Limitations on storage and display of high resolution and/or large images.


   Model for developing other services for scholarly publishing, e.g. Open
    Archives Initiative
   Promoting a cost-effective alternative to deposit and archiving of print theses

   Extend to other countries in the region, including New Zealand
   Expand leadership in international ETD community, with opportunity to host
    an international meeting in Australia
   Develop content through retrospective conversion of frequently requested or
    notable theses
   Establishes CAUL as an influential player in developments in scholarly
   Strengthens liaison between university libraries and faculty
   Influence sector wide movement to prefer electronic submission of theses
   Metadata can be shared with other services, e.g., subject gateways, union
    catalogues (including NDLTD union catalogue), scholarly communications
    developments such as the Open Archives Initiative
   Digitisation of theses which contain non-standard texts and formats, e.g.
    music, art
   Potential to accommodate theses expressed in forms other than extended
    narrative (eg „hyper-linked‟ presentations.
   Commercial opportunities for authors and universities, e.g., selling online
    access, print copies
   Potential test bed to develop strategies to ensure long term access
   Explore sponsorship and partnership with commercial organisations in
   Strengthen relationship between libraries and research community


   Commercial operator may take over
   Individual institutions do not follow standards and protocols, leading to
    additional costs, and lack of comprehensiveness
   Limited participation

Competitive Advantage

This leads to the identification of key factors giving the ADT competitive

   Low cost of operation for centralised component of Program
   Proven model of distributed databases accessed by a central metadata
    repository, with metadata automatically harvested
   Self-interest for participants: retaining intellectual property; developing new
    methods of scholarly publishing
   Extension of core business for university libraries


The ADT Program has the following range of stakeholders:

   Research community. This includes masters and doctoral candidates,
    represented by the CAPA (Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations);
    faculty and schools of research, represented by the DDOGS (Deans and
    Directors of Graduate Schools), PVCs/DVCs Research, the AV-CC.
   Library Community. Council of Australian University Librarians - the ADT
    Program provides a strong point of contact between university libraries and
    the research community; National Library, with interests related to
    preservation and long-term access of digital theses; the key stakeholder in
    the international community is the Networked Digital Library of Theses and
    Dissertations (NTLTD)
   Government. The ADT Program makes fundamental research visible and
    accessible, demonstrating the value of government investment in research
   Industry. The ADT Program makes fundamental research accessible by
   Independent researchers and the public.
   Web publishers.


Strategic Responses

Four strategic responses are made to trends and issues outlined in the scan of
the operating environment:

   Program development
   Stakeholder relationships
   Governance and management
   Evaluation

The following strategic responses will be made:

    Program Development

   Develop comprehensive resource by achieving total participation by CAUL
   Participants are committed to develop Program
   Maintain adherence to a small number of mandatory and „light‟ standards
   Remain current with developing technical standards and protocols
   Make metadata available to other services in order to improve access and
   Develop ADT web site for communication, promotion and service

   Advocate electronic submission of theses as the preferred mode of
   Retrospective conversion of older theses
   Address long term access and preservation issues
   Develop best practice through sharing local expertise
   Apply model to other forms of scholarly publishing.

    Stakeholder Relationships

   Ensure recognition by government and industry
   Involve scholarly community in Program development
   Maintain international relationships through continuing Australian
    representation on the NDLTD
   Promote ADT to research communities and general public.

    Governance and Management

   Maintain collaboration at both policy and technical levels
   Continue to recognise institutional autonomy
   Ensure sufficient revenues for operation for centralised administrative and
    technical operations
   Give new participants sufficient support and advice at the implementation
    stage and ongoing support as required
   Maintain strategic planning and responsiveness.


   Measure and evaluate ADT Program in key areas of program development,
    stakeholder relationships and governance/management
   Measure growth in usage
   Compare costs, access and delivery performance for digital theses compared
    to print.
Critical Success Factors

The following critical success factors are identified for the operation of the ADT
Program until June 2003.

    Program Development

   Extend participation by CAUL members from 50% to 100%
   Extend availability of theses through deposit of current theses and
    retrospective conversion of older theses
   Obtain agreement on participation by CONZUL members

   Seek agreements between ADT and NLA to ensure long term access to ADT
   Obtain universal adherence to standard protocols and formats
   Implement software enhancement as agreed and required by all participants
   Enhance ADT web site
   Create a knowledge base of all local setup processes, implementation and
    integration methods to facilitate exchange of information and expertise

    Stakeholder Relationships

   High degree of support and involvement from scholarly communities
   Continued representation and influence on the NDLTD
   Recognition of value of ADT Program by government and industry
   Promotion mechanisms in place at both Program and local institutional levels

    Governance and Management

   Stable mechanisms for governance at both policy and technical levels in
   Sufficient revenues to enable continued operation and Program development


The following performance measures will be adopted:

Measure                                   Indicator
Program Development
Number of active CAUL libraries           50% by June 2003
Number of new theses                      1000 by June 2003
Number of retrospectively converted       300 by June 2003
Stakeholder Relationships
Strength of relationship with scholarly   Assessment of relationship; number of
community                                 institutions adopting electronic
Use of ADT by research communities        10% increase in use from June 2002
                                          to June 2003 (measured through
                                          number of external sites pointing to
                                          ADT site or searching metadata
                                          repository or linking to full text:
                                          Technical Committee to provide
Governance and Management
Cost meet budget for centralised          Variation no greater than 5%

CAUL satisfied with governance and         CAUL response to reports from ADT
management                                 (annual)


The following administrative arrangements, governance mechanisms and
financial operation were endorsed by CAUL in April 2002.


Access to the ADT metadata repository will be free for any individual or
institution. ADT participants can individually decide whether to provide access to
the full text of theses and to levy charges for this access. Such a variation would
need to be fully discussed within the ADT community and appropriate access
processes developed.

Administration and Reporting

CAUL will be the organisation which administers the ADT as one of its programs.
The University of New South Wales Library will manage the program on behalf of
CAUL. UNSW Library will report program status and issues to CAUL through the
ADT Policy Group. The service level agreement between CAUL and UNSW
Library is included as Appendix B.


Every CAUL member is a member of the ADT Program. Appendix 1 is the
membership form.


A meeting of all ADT participants will be held every two years to facilitate
communication, review policies, and agree on strategies. An international
meeting could be held in conjunction with this meeting.

Policy matters may be referred to the Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools
at any time for their advice.

A technical workshop will be held annually as one of the satellite meetings of the
Online Conference (Sydney) or VALA Conference (Melbourne)


A two-tiered structure will apply.

ADT Policy Committee

2 CAUL members (1 as Chair)
1 representative of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations
1 representative of the Deans and Directors of Graduate Schools
1 NZ academic representative (if NZ participates)
1 representative of the National Library of Australia
1 representative of ProQuest
1 CONZUL member (if NZ participates)
ADT Program Manager (UNSW)
CAUL Executive Officer

CAUL Executive Officer will be the Committee‟s secretary. The UNSW
University Librarian will attend ADT Policy Group meetings.

ADT Technical Committee

ADT Program Manager (Chair)
ADT Technical Manager (UNSW)
4 representatives of member organisations

Financial Operation

   Cost projections

The University of New South Wales Library estimates the following annual costs:

           Staff (HEW 9 x 0.5; 10% on                   $37,800
           costs) -- technical
           Staff (HEW 7 x 0.2, 10% on                   $11,850
           costs) – communication,
           support for policy and
           technical committees
           Staff (HEW 8 x 0.05, 10%                      $3,450
           on costs) – Web site
           Incidentals – mail,                           $1,500
           telephone, teleconferencing
           Hardware – life cycle cost                    $5,000
           annualised over 5 years
           Software – annual                             $5,000

           NDTLD – travel to one                       $5,000
           meeting per year
           TOTAL                                      $69,600

   Revenues

CAUL has agreed to a flat charge option. For 38 CAUL members, this would be
around $1820 per year. In 2002, CAUL will fund operation ($75,000). From
2003, all CAUL members will pay a fee.

Costs and revenues would need to be indexed annually to keep up with costs. If
New Zealand joins, revenues will increase.

   Financial Reporting

UNSW Library will provide reports on costs and revenues to CAUL through the
ADT Policy Group.



1. User support

1.1         UNSW will provide each new member advice and support during all
            stages of implementation. This should take no more than 10
            working days
1.2         UNSW will respond to non-urgent requests from members within 24
            Urgent requests shall be responded to within 4 hours for problems
            involving the metadata server. Problems with servers/installations
            remote to UNSW to be negotiated on an individual site basis
1.3         UNSW staff will travel to member sites at the request of the
            member. Travel and accommodation costs will be met by the
1.4         Each member will commit to adherence to standards recommended
            by the Technical Group and endorsed by the Policy Group
1.5         Each member will inform UNSW Library ADT support in advance of
            any changes that may affect harvesting and/or access to the local
            ADT servers
1.6         Each member will promptly advise UNSW of any actions which may
            affect access to theses contributed by that member

2. Metadata repository and web-site

2.1         UNSW will maintain the metadata repository to the following
             Backup daily
             Harvesting of metadata from member sites daily
             Disaster recovery to be consistent with UNSW standards for
               business continuity
             Repository to be available on a 24 x 7 basis, with 98% uptime
             Scheduled downtime to be advised to members with a minimum
               of 72 hours notice
             UNSW Library will check the metadata after each gathering to
               ensure quality and continuous access. UNSW will notify
               members if problems detected are at the local site
             Response time measured at UNSW for a basic search should
               conform to standard search engine response time
             ADT Technical Committee to develop statistical gathering
               mechanisms. These will be published on the ADT site on
               regular basis

2.2         UNSW will seek approval for upgrades to hardware and software
            through the ADT Policy Committee based on the advice of the ADT
            Technical Committee

2.3           UNSW will maintain the ADT Web site, including but not limited to:
               Current news
               Discussion list & bulletin board
               Data relating to technical advice and expertise
               ADT standards
               Links to international initiatives

3. Advocacy

3.1           Each member will be responsible for advocacy of digital theses
              within their own institution
3.2           Each member to share information and promotional materials and
              activities within the ADT community
3.3           UNSW will provide support for institutional advocacy through:
               Advice
               Promotional materials
               Promotional visits/conferences/seminars/etc


1. The overall Operational Plan and blueprint for development of the ADT
Program is contained in the Business Plan 2002-2006.

2. The issues identified as priority items at the inaugural July 2002 meeting of
the ADT Policy Committee are contained in the ADT Policy – Action List, 31 July
2002 which accompanied the minutes of the meeting.

3. Summary of priorities:

3.1          Develop local best practice processes including actual cost
             estimates for implementation and maintenance based on survey of
             active ADT partner sites.
             Survey done - ~70% response from all CAUL members.
             Implementation plan in process

3.2          Extend active participation of all CAUL members. Dependant on
             number of variables. Target by December 2003

3.3          Extend regional participation to include initially include CONZUL.
             Paper being drafted. Target by December 2003

3.4          *Extension of ADT Program to include metadata about all
             Australian research theses. Survey being carried out on theses
             inclusion into NBD – October 2002.

3.5          *Making ADT metadata OAI compatible and explore integration of
             ADT processes with other open access scholarly publications
             developments. Issues relating to this include software development
             for both central metadata repository and local sites and usage

3.6          *Long term access and preservation. Begin work on guidelines with

[*issues sent to ADT Technical Committee for consideration. Recommendations
contained in ADT-TC Report – September 2002. Timeframe for these
developments also depend on extra funding being made available. Funding issue
being explored by CAUL]


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