OpenDLT is open source digital library of master theses and PhD dissertations. It has been developing since 2010 at University of Novi Sad, Serbia. The first version will be available at summer 2014. The digital library of theses and dissertations is a web application implemented using Java platform and set of open-source libraries written in Java. Data about theses and dissertations are stored in MARC 21 format. Architecture of the digital library enables an easy integration with library information system as well as easy integration with research information system based on CERIF standard. Since 2012 OpenDLT is in use at University of Novi Sad (http://cris.uns.ac.rs/searchDissertations.jsf) .
The main advantage of digital library compared to classic library with hard-copy theses is easy distribution. Easy distribution improves visibility of theses and thus improves rating of scientific-research institutions. Electronic theses and dissertations showcase intellectual achievements of a scientific-research institution.
“The quality of a university is reflected by the quality of its students’ intellectual products. Theses and dissertations reflect an institution’s ability to lead student and support original work…. In future a university’s quality will be linked to its digital library of theses and dissertations… ” (Joe Moxley)
The digital library has been developing since 2010 by researchers employed at University of Novi Sad. The University of Novi Sad was founded on 28 June 1960. The University of Novi Sad is now the second largest university in Serbia. Today it comprises 14 faculties located in the four major towns of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina: Novi Sad, Subotica, Zrenjanin, and Sombor. The university employs over 3,000 researchers and more than 40,000 students studied in those 14 faculties and graduated from University of Novi Sad.
Librarian information system BISIS is also developed at University of Novi Sad. Prof. Surla was project team leader of BISIS and he is also project team leader of OpenDLT software system.
Future work on OpenDLT follows two main directions.
The first one is improvement of OpenDLT services. An ultimate goal is creation of a digital library system which can be easily customized for the needs of various universities and which can be easily integrated with universities library information systems and scientific-research information systems. Besides requirement of easy customization and integration, the digital library system should maximize visibility of scientific results published through theses and dissertations and thus improves university’s ratings. In the very near future we plan to implement SRU/W service for querying OpenDLT database from external systems. Also, improvements of reporting component aimed at providing users with a tool for creating reporting templates matching their specific needs is planned.
The second one is implementation of an open source institutional repository which stores all scientific-research results of an institution. This institutional repository will be implemented as extension of OpenDLT.