Digital Archives

UOW Print Thesis Digitisation Project

Improved discoverability and access are central to the initiative to digitise print theses and in turn support the University’s strategy of: promoting and recognising research activities that enhance international reputation.

Since 2002, higher degree research students are required to submit the final version of the thesis to the University Library, in print and as a digital file. The digital file is archived and made accessible using the University of Wollongong’s institutional repository Research Online. Theses can also be found via web search engines such as Google. Over 600 digital theses are currently available. This number, however, represents only one quarter of the theses produced to date by UOW higher degree research students.

The remaining 75% of UOW student theses, over 2,500 volumes stored in Archives, will soon be digitised and made available online, as part of the Library's expanding digitisation initiative. This project has been endorsed by the University Research Committee.

The benefits of providing access to research content digitally, to authors, the University and the global academic community are significant:

  • Increased visibility, exposure and access to UOW research (through searchable descriptions of holdings)
  • Enhanced collaboration within the research community
  • Secure storage of research output

The Library won’t be contacting individual authors to seek permission to place the digitised theses online, but will immediately remove any thesis should the author request it. A Copyright Takedown Notice is accessible from the Copyright & Disclaimer page on the UOW website – linked on the footer of every page – which ensures a quick response to any such request.

For more information, contact the Copyright & Digitisation Officer:

Last reviewed: 13 January, 2010