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University of Novi Sad - UNS Digital library

University of Novi Sad

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.

OpenDLT is integrated to scientific-research information system of University of Novi Sad in January of 2012 (CRIS UNS). CRIS UNS is a CERIF-compatible research management system under development since 2008 at University of Novi Sad, Serbia. CRIS UNS system is implemented with an intention to fulfill requirements prescribed by international standards that are widely adopted in the scientific-research domain and to fulfill all local requirements prescribed by rule books of the University of Novi Sad, Secretariat for Science and Technological Development of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, and Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia. In order to fulfill international standards within scientific-research domain, a CERIF compatible data model based on MARC 21 format was created. This compatible CERIF data model stores data about scientific-research outputs, researchers, scientific-projects and institutions using MARC 21 bibliographic and authority records. MARC 21 format is rich in metadata and enables detailed description of scientific-research entities. MARC 21 format can store all metadata about dissertations prescribed by formats Dublin Core and EDT-MS. For the sake of evaluating scientific-research results the CRIS UNS data model extension is created. This extension enables evaluation of scientific-research results by rule book prescribed by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia. Development of a Unified Search

Migration of more than 3,000 PhD dissertations from previous digital library to the OpenDLT system is done. Data are checked and supplied by university’s librarian. Procedure for PhD dissertations’ submission is defined. Acquiring of data about master theses is in progress.

Search of those PhD dissertations are open and can be accessed via this link:  http://www.cris.uns.ac.rs/searchDissertations.jsf


Our publications:


Ivanović, L., Ivanović, D., & Surla, D. (2012). A data model of theses and dissertations compatible with CERIF, Dublin Core and EDT-MS. Online Information Review, 36(4), 548-567.

The paper proposes a data model of theses and dissertations which enables interoperability with CERIF compatible CRIS systems. A software system based on the proposed model can become a member of NDLTD and exchange metadata with institutional repositories. The proposed model increases availability of theses and dissertations.


Ivanović, L., Ivanović, D., & Surla, D. (2012). Notes on Operations. Integration of a Research Management System and an OAI-PMH Compatible ETDs Repository at the University of Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia.Library Resources & Technical Services56(2), 104-112.

This paper discusses the extension of the Current Research Information System (CRIS) at the University of Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia, to incorporate electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Data describing ETDs is entered using a web application that enables researchers to input their own data through a webpage without knowing the standards on which the system is based. The ETDs repository can exchange data with CRIS institutional repositories and Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations members. In this way, the international visibility of theses and dissertations created at the University of Novi Sad is enhanced without duplicating data entry in various systems. This approach has been verified and tested on a dataset of theses and dissertations at the University of Novi Sad.


Ivanović, L., & Surla, D. (2012, June). A software module for import of theses and dissertations to CRISs. In Proceedings of the CRIS 2012 Conference, Prague (pp. 313-322).

This paper presents a module for import of theses and dissertations to CRISs. The main feature of the module is support for various formats of metadata of theses and dissertations. The model is extensible with plugins that provide support for import of other scientific-research results (papers published in journals, papers published in conferences’ proceedings, monographs, etc.) in various metadata formats (Dublin Core, ETD-MS, CERIF, etc.). The module imports data through a user interactive process by which consolidation of data is achieved.


Ivanović, L. (2013). Search of catalogues of theses and dissertations. Novi Sad J. Math43(1), 155-165.

The aim of this paper is to review the existing catalogues of dissertations available through Internet as well as standards on which those catalogues are made. Various systems that store dissertations metadata were analyzed. The analyses found out that these systems are based on a number of standards, protocols and formats that enable interoperability of these systems: CERIF standard, AOI-PMH protocol, Dublin Core format, MARC 21 format, ETD-MS format. Based on this analysis within the CRIS UNS system is implemented a module for search of PhD dissertations in such a way that the dissertations metadata are in accordance with previously mentioned standards, protocols and formats.