Many thanks for the post, question, and information sharing!
If you are attending the international conference on ETDs this week, free online as well as being attended in person in Serbia (https://etd2022.uns.ac.rs/
), please say more about all this.
When I visited Mexico City in 2003, the University of Mexico City demonstrated having student authors separately upload the references. I am not sure if they continued that, or if other institutions have done likewise.
On Friday, I saw a ProQuest (https://www.proquest.com/
) demo of searching ETDs wherein they have automatically (algorithmically) extracted references and use that data in a variety of interesting ways.
Bill Ingram, Jian Wu, and I have done some research on algorithmic extraction and parsing of references in ETDs, using various methods.
That could be an alternative to the manual approach mentioned, and the commercial efforts by ProQuest and others.
Behrooz, I am glad to hear about Ganj and the great progress in Iran.
Can you help make sure it is listed on the page
which Bill Ingram, NDLTD Webmaster, can help with?
Are you familiar with
which is fed by repositories like Ganj, but I don't think Ganj is yet contributing.
It would help scholars around the world if when they do a global search for ETDs, the many works in Iran could be included.
Hussein Suleman runs the global union catalog
and can help with harvesting from Ganj so the global search can thus expand.
Perhaps you also will find of interest other pages on the recently reworked NDLTD website
Hoping this helps.
Warm regards, Ed Fox