ETDs: EThOS Update

Chris Spencer has posted an update on EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service).

Here's an excerpt:

Over the three months that it has been available as a beta version:

  • Over 100 UK universities have signed up to participate in the service;
  • Traffic to the site has grown to over 550,000 hits per month;
  • The number of theses available for immediate download has tripled, from 4,000 in January to over 12,500 at the end of April;
  • It has become the most popular linking destination from the British Library Integrated Catalogue, generating four times more links than the next most popular resource. . . .

Details on the size of the backlog at the end of April:

  1. Number of theses waiting to be digitised: c10,000;
  2. Average number of new requests for theses per day (as of 6/5/09): 100;
  3. Digitisation capacity (theses per day): 175;
  4. Forecast date for complete digitisation of theses in backlog: October 2009.