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Aix-Marseille Université theses legal deposit


Between 600 and 700 PhDs are awarded per year by Aix-Marseille University, in all disciplines - sciences, law, economics, medicine, arts, literature and human sciences. In compliance with legal deposit regulations, students are now required to submit their doctoral dissertations in electronic format. The shift from print to electronic had been decided upon by each of the three universities before they were merged in 2012. It led the Academic library in charge of cataloging doctoral theses and making them available to design a new workflow. The purpose of this presentation is to describe that workflow as well as the new tools which have been created and constantly improved since then: 1. Tools The academic library (theses coordinator and STAR/STEP coordinator) and the IT department developed a dedicated website for submitting theses electronically which is connected to apogee (a student registering software), enabling doctoral students to fulfill the submission process all by themselves. The website is being made ever more user-friendly through regular improvements. We are about to complete a fourth upgrade. Some of the improvements are part of Aix-Marseille University digital master plan. The PhD files are then exported through a webservice to the national platform STAR (signalement des thèses, archivage et recherche) developed by ABES (Agence Bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur). As is the case for all institutions working with STAR, the electronic files are then archived by CINES (Centre informatique national de l'enseignement supérieur) and the metadata is available on, as well as the full text, depending on the author's authorization. 2. Workflow Several actors are involved in the legal deposit process, starting with the University administration that is responsible for supplying the defense date. This date triggers off the registration process for the PhD candidate. The PhD candidate needs to upload the file for his/her theses and fill in a form specifying whether the dissertation will be freely available on the internet or only through restricted access. After the theses defense has taken place, the online approval from the PhD supervisor is required so as to ensure that the file meets all the requirements. Corrections may be requested and a second file has to be deposited. The supervisor's approval is the latest development that was added to the website for theses deposit in 2015. Several library technical assistants are in charge of cataloging the theses in STAR, they complete the metadata which has already been imported from the University website for theses deposit and add the authorization for internet or intranet. There is a double check: the theses coordinator is in charge of proof-reading and validating the bibliographic record. After this final approval the record is available on and SUDOC.
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Anne-Céline Lambotte. Aix-Marseille Université theses legal deposit. 19th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD 2016): "Data and Dissertations", Université de Lille Sciences humaines et sociales, Jul 2016, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. ⟨hal-01400087⟩
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