Today I saw this tweet:
Back up your own dissertation files, people, because research data management is not a thing pic.twitter.com/FaNKyaVXrr— Ernesto Priego (
) August 20, 2015
And it reminded me to ask all of you for your help. For those of you who don't know me, I'm the Head Librarian of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. For years, it hasn't quite made sense to me why we can't make your theses & dissertations available via the NASA ADS. As a librarian, I spend a great deal of time tracking down theses & dissertations in all the many institutional repositories and archives that are out there (maybe you have tried this yourself?). Maybe I am naive, but I believe we can make discovery & preservation better, so my group, CERN and the ADS got together to create the Astronomy Thesis Collection: http://altbibl.io/gazette/launching-the-astronomy-thesis-collection/. The collection is a place where you can deposit your theses & dissertations which is monitored by librarians and later linked to and mined by the NASA ADS.
Hopefully you think this is a good idea too and I encourage you to deposit your theses & dissertations: https://zenodo.org/communities/about/astrothesis/ (make sure you review the points to remember!).
The project is just getting started, so if you'd like to help review submissions, let me know as well. It doesn't have to be only librarians We can use your help!