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Electronic Theses and Dissertations Project in Latin America Concluded

19-03-2004 (Montevideo)
“Towards Digital Libraries – Production of Electronic Theses in XML” was the title of a workshop organized with UNESCO's support in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 8 and 9 March 2004 marking the end of UNESCO's “Electronic Thesis and Dissertation” project in Latin America after a duration of more than two years.
Project activities included the training of 165 specialists from 9 Latin-American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela), trough 8 training courses carried out in the following institutions in the region: Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), UNESCO Montevideo Office (Uruguay), Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Brazil), Universidade Federal do Ceará (Brazil), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (México) and the Universidad de los Andes (Venezuela)). In addition, 12 pilot project are being carried out in Latin American Universities.

"The voluntary contribution of Ana Pavani from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro, who delivered the 8 training courses, and the help of the Universidad de Chile and the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT), which disseminated ETD methodologies and technologies, were of utmost importance for the success of the project", says Claudio Menezes from the UNESCO Montevideo Office.

The ETD project was funded by UNESCO within the framework of its efforts to enhance the production, access and archiving of scientific information, particularly theses and dissertations, by using the opportunities offered by ICT. It is based on the principles, guidelines, workflow models and best practices described in the "UNESCO Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Guide" (Paris: UNESCO, 2002) and concentrated on networking, human capacity building and awareness raising.

As WebWorld reported earlier, since August 2003, the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) with the involvement of the Association of African Universities are hosting an ETD pilot project aiming at empowering the two participant universities to establish sustainable ETD programmes and at sensitizing other universities in the region to the importance of such programmes. In a longer-term perspective, it aims at improving graduate education by allowing students to produce electronic documents, use digital libraries, and understand issues in publishing.

A similar project to improve the management and access to theses and dissertations prepared at universities in Baltic States has commenced in December 2003, under the lead of the Kaunas University, Lithuania.
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      · Peru: News Archive
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