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The University of Hong Kong Libraries, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, is pleased to announce it is the host for ETD 2013 – the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations.


香港大學圖書館與中華人民共和國香港特別行政區政府康樂及文化事務署香港公共圖書館聯合舉辦第十六届電子學位論文國際學術研討會(ETD 2013)

Under the auspices of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international organization that promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), the annual symposium, which usually attracts over 200 delegates, will be held in Asia for the very first time.  The NDLTD encourages and supports the efforts of institutes of higher education and their communities to develop electronic publishing and digital libraries, thus enabling them to share knowledge more effectively in order to unlock the potential benefits worldwide.  “The extensive development and innovation in Hong Kong libraries in these fields makes it most fitting that Hong Kong be the first Asian host of this prestigious event,” commented Peter E Sidorko, University Librarian and Symposium Chair.  “It is especially fitting that this event is hosted by The University of Hong Kong Libraries” continues Sidorko, “as it was the first academic library in Asia to digitize all of its theses”.  These theses now reside within the University’s institutional repository, The Scholars Hub (

研討會由學術論文網絡 數字圖書館(NDLTD)贊助,該機構致力促進電子學位論文的採用與使用,創意與創新, 傳輸與保存。研討會每年都吸引二百多名代表出席,而今年更是首次在亞洲舉行。NDLTD鼓勵和支持高等院校及其社區發展電子出版業務和數字圖書館,從而促進知識分享,開拓全球化發展的潛力。香港大學圖書館館長及研討會主席蘇德毅先生表示:「香港的圖書館在電子學位論文服務方面的廣泛發展和創新經驗使香港成為在亞洲首辦此享負盛名的研討會最合適的城市」。蘇館長還表示,「更合適不過的是由香港大學圖書館主辦,因為它是亞洲第一所將所有學位論文電子化的學術圖書館」。這些學位論文現藏於大學的機構典藏庫,即香港大學學術庫(。

With the theme Asian Values, Western Thought, World Treasure, the event will serve as an opportunity to showcase a range of developments from Asia and beyond in the various topics covered by the symposium which include digital preservation, copyright / intellectual property, institutional repositories, ETD policies and programs, IT in ETD and institutional repositories, digital libraries and IT National and international collaboration, data curation and others.


In July 2012, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rated Hong Kong the world’s most liveable city.  Not always recognised for its amount of green space, Hong Kong enjoys much natural beauty.  It is also, of course, culturally rich.  A place where east meets west.  A place of towering skyscrapers, of opulent dining options as well as local street food in abundance, one of the best transportation systems in the world, of local markets and five star shopping, kung fu movies, the Star Ferry, dim sum and the home of one country, two systems.  Hong Kong is also an ideal jumping point for visits to mainland China as well as the rest of Asia.


The University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is familiarly known to students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong, officially opening on March 11, 1912.  It is also regularly rated as the number one University in Asia, and among the top universities in the world.  The University of Hong Kong Libraries (HKUL) enjoys a global reputation for digital innovation, extensive digital and print collections (including 3 million print volumes plus 3 million e-books) as well as quality support services.


From 23 to 26 September, 2013, the main symposium will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library auditorium in Causeway Bay with additional events held at the University of Hong Kong, both conveniently located on Hong Kong Island.  Further information can be found at  


ETD 2013 Hong Kong
The 16th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

is proudly co-organised by


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