The PhD theses of Greek scientists, a valuable archive and important source of knowledge, are now concentrated and available in a renewed website (http://www.didaktorika.gr), with new capabilities of search, navigation and access to the full content.
This is the electronic “home” of the National Archive of PhD Theses (EADD), which is developed and maintained by the National Documentation Center of Greece (EKT), the organization responsible by law.
More than 29,000 bibliographical records of PhD theses are included in the EADD repository. These records are systematically documented (with metadata as title, review, author, scientific field, educational institution, committee members, award year, key-words and language).
For more than 20,500 PhDs, access to the full text of the thesis is provided. EADD includes today 4,500,000 digitized pages, an impressive number which is continuously increasing. Besides the possibility of browsing and printing one-page-at-a-time, the thesis is available in PDF format, for users that are registered and have accepted the pertinent terms and conditions (for personal use, non-commercial use and for educational/research purposes).
Registered users can also order a copy of the thesis in a print-format or as a CD/DVD file, or express their interest in the digitizing/uploading of a PhD thesis full text that is not available on the Internet. Also, operating in the new website is EADD HelpDesk, where registered users can electronically submit requests, receive responses and have access to FAQs and Useful Files.
The EADD, a service provided by the National Documentation Center of Greece (EKT), collects the PhD theses elaborated in the Greek Universities from Greek and foreign scholars, as well as PhD theses awarded to Greeks by foreign Universities (certified by the Hellenic NARIC (Δ.Ο.Α.Τ.Α.Π.)).
EKT is, by law, the organization responsible for the maintenance of the EADD. The biggest part of the theses included in EADD is elaborated from 1985 onwards, while a small percentage of the theses (almost 6%) concern the period 1932-1985. More than 30,000 PhD theses are available in paper file and are kept at the EKT’s Library of Science and Technology of the National Hellenic Research Foundation.
The EADD is an important stock of scientific knowledge and EKT takes advantage of all the potential of the new Information and Communication Technologies for its free disposal for the society and scientific community.
EKT participates actively in the international network DART-Europe, a partnership between research libraries and library consortia throughout Europe, that aims to improve the access to European PhD theses, Thus, the Greek PhD theses are available at the European portal DART (www.dart-europe.eu), which provides open access to more than 400,000 PhD theses from 27 European countries, through a single search and navigation portal.
The open disposal of PhD theses from the single, valid and reliable internet service of EADD has undeniable benefits for the PhD Scholars, the research community and the general public. The EADD is a gateway for the projection of the results of original scientific research and for their present and future use. Thus, for the researcher that submits his thesis, EADD constitutes a point of permanent publicity and promotion of the thesis, increasing the potential references and its international recognition
What’s more, taking into consideration that the PhD thesis is one of the first works through which a researcher becomes known in the academic community, we can perceive the particular importance that the proper disposal, documentation and publication of the thesis has for the subsequent development of the new researcher. Moreover, these procedures ensure transparency in the conduction of research, while they contribute to the prevention of plagiarism. At the website of EADD more detailed information is available.