• ETDs and the Maxwell System

ETDs – Electronic Theses and Dissertations is the international designation of theses & dissertations made available as full-text works from digital libraries or institutional repositories all over the world.

ETDs became mandatory at PUC-Rio from August 01, 2002 on. Before this date, some graduate programs had been using the Maxwell System to publish their ETDs.

The Maxwell System is an institutional repository that hosts and makes available scholarly communication of the university; ETDs are one of the contents on the system. This system is a product of LAMBDA – Laboratório de Automação de Museus, Bibliotecas Digitais e Arquivos of the Departamento de Engenharia Elétrica. It has been in operation since 1995.

As far as ETDs are concerned the system complies to metadata specifications for these works: MTD-BR – Modelo Brasileiro de Metadados para Teses e Dissertações, the Brazilian National Standard, and ETD-ms – An Interoperability Metadata Standard for Electronic Theses and Dissertations, the international standard. The system is an OAI-PMH – Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvest data provider. Due to these characteristics, PUC-Rio’s ETDs are harvested, indexed and made available from union catalogs all over the world. PUC-Rio joined the MetaArchive Cooperative to assure the digital preservation of the ETD collection hosted by the Maxwell System.

The graduate programs of CTC – Centro Técnico Científico are responsible for more than 50% of the almost 5 thousand ETDs in the collection. Some programs published works presented before 2002 and Electrical Engineering engaged in retrospective digitization of its complete collection, dating back to 1966.

To find a these or dissertation visited the Mawell System here: http://www.maxwell.vrac.puc-rio.br/atas.php