[Irtalk] ETD 2013, announcement, Hong Kong

David PALMER dtpalmer at hkucc.hku.hk
Thu Aug 16 06:01:52 SAST 2012

ETD 2013 Conference Announcement


ETD 2013: Asian Values, Western Thought, World Treasure!

16th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations


Hong Kong, 23-26 September, 2013



The University of Hong Kong Libraries, in conjunction with the Hong Kong
Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, is
pleased to announce it is the host for ETD 2013 - the 16th International
Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations.

Under the auspices of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and
Dissertations (NDLTD), an international organization that promotes the
adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic
theses and dissertations (ETDs), the annual symposium, which usually
attracts over 200 delegates, will be held in Asia for the very first
time.  The NDLTD encourages and supports the efforts of institutes of
higher education and their communities to develop electronic publishing
and digital libraries, thus enabling them to share knowledge more
effectively in order to unlock the potential benefits worldwide.  "The
extensive development and innovation in Hong Kong libraries in these
fields makes it most fitting that Hong Kong be the first Asian host of
this prestigious event," commented Peter E Sidorko, University Librarian
and Symposium Chair.  "It is especially fitting that this event is
hosted by The University of Hong Kong Libraries" continues Sidorko, "as
it was the first academic library in Asia to digitize all of its
theses".  These theses now reside within the University's institutional
repository, The Scholars Hub (http://hub.hku.hk/).

With the theme Asian Values, Western Thought, World Treasure, the event
will serve as an opportunity to showcase a range of developments from
Asia and beyond in the various topics covered by the symposium which
include digital preservation, copyright / intellectual property,
institutional repositories, ETD policies and programs, IT in ETD and
institutional repositories, digital libraries and IT National and
international collaboration, data curation and others.

In July 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rated Hong Kong the
world's most liveable city.  Not always recognised for its amount of
green space, Hong Kong enjoys much natural beauty.  It is also, of
course, culturally rich.  A place where east meets west.  A place of
towering skyscrapers, of opulent dining options as well as local street
food in abundance, one of the best transportation systems in the world,
of local markets and five star shopping, kung fu movies, the Star Ferry,
dim sum and the home of one country, two systems.  Hong Kong is also an
ideal jumping point for visits to mainland China as well as the rest of

The University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is familiarly known to
students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution
in Hong Kong, officially opening on March 11, 1912.  It is also
regularly rated as the number one University in Asia, and among the top
universities in the world.  The University of Hong Kong Libraries (HKUL)
enjoys a global reputation for digital innovation, extensive digital and
print collections (including 3 million print volumes plus 3 million
e-books) as well as quality support services.

>From 23 to 26 September, 2013, the main symposium will be held at the
Hong Kong Central Library auditorium in Causeway Bay with additional
events held at the University of Hong Kong, both conveniently located on
Hong Kong Island.  Further information can be found at


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