Date: May 13, 2010
The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce the availability of OpenETD, a web-based software application for managing the submission, approval, and distribution of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). OpenETD is the open source release of the Rutgers University Libraries. RUetd application and will be maintained on the RUetd annual release schedule. Releases will include fixes for known problems and recommendations for enhancements received from internal projects and the user community at large.
OpenETD can be used as either a standalone ETD submission system, or it can be implemented as a component of an institutional repository by using its METS/XML export functionality. Using the METS/XML export functionality, native to OpenETD, implementers can export acquired ETDs to their local institutional repositories for preservation and presentation purposes.Features of OpenETD include:
OpenETD was developed by a team of designers and programmers, led by Chad Mills, RUL Programming Coordinator, Shaun Ellis, former RUL programmer, Kalaivani Ananthan, Digital Library Application Manager, Rhonda Marker, RUcore Collections Manager, and Martha Barnett, Open Source Documentation Coordinator. The development and release of OpenETD is managed by the RUL open source software team, Kalaivani Ananthan and Chad Mills. OpenETD is released through GNU GPL License 3.0. Basic support for the community includes complete installation and user documentation, as well as communication tools for reporting bug fixes and suggesting enhancements.
OpenETD can be downloaded from the RUcore Open Source Projects page: http://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/open/projects/openetd/