Thank you very much for this message. We are in the process of commencing the download of Aston's theses from Ethos to populate our repository. We will keep an eye out for the problems you have pointed out and will let you know our experience.
Winsome Edwards Kaba
Information Resources Specialist
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Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
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From: UK discussion list for electronic theses and dissertations [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of PALUCHA S.
Sent: 27 July 2011 15:38
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Subject: How to download content form EThOS (BL)
Durham University is participating in the EThOS schema and in the last few years we have been an "Open Access" member till the initial funding were drawn down. Thanks to our generous participation hundreds of theses completed at Durham University were digitised through the BL service. We have also looked to maximise our money spent by reusing of created content outside the EThOS service.
A year ago we were told that the proper way of downloading our university content should be through the counterpart service Ethos Download available at following address http://ethosdownload.bl.uk/. We were using this means of downloading in last few months and we have been able to download 430 theses out of one thousand available at the EThOS database. Unfortunately, after the last week EThOS maintenance work we are not able to download Durham theses through this rout anymore.
In addition we realise that some of the data available through Ethos Download service are as not as good as the one available from EThOS. This is clearly visible in the author names when data are available in various uncontrolled forms: full names or abbreviation with and without dots, various names separation such as space or no space, comas and dots. Unfortunately, this issues stops any successful en mass upload to institutional repositories.
I wonder which organisation out there are using the BLs EThOS Download service or other means of obtaining content form the EThOS database. If so, do you have similar problems with the quality of metadata?
Any information greatly appreciate.
IS Specialist (Main Library)
Durham University Computing and Information Services
T: 0191 3342941