Our submission to Zambia Digital Health Conference 2022, titled “Empirical Evaluation of ETD-ms Compliance for ETDs Harvested by the NDLTD Union Catalog” has been accepted and will be presented during the upcoming 25th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, to be held in Novi Sad, Serbia.
We have been working with postgraduate students affiliated with the DataLab Research Group  at The University of Zambia  to increase the online visibility of scholarly research output. Our current work has focused on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), with active projects aimed at setting up a National ETD portal and, additionally, ensuring that the ETD metadata ingested in the National ETD portal is of high quality.
The paper presents work aligned with two graduate students—Adirna Chisale and Cecilia Kasonda—and discusses an empirical study of ETD metadata records harvested from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Union Catalog, in order to demonstrate non-compliance to the ETD-ms metadata standard. In addition, we outline a case study of a Higher Education Institution in order to demonstrate some factors that lead to poor-quality metadata. This work is significant because it will raise awareness on the implications of associating poor-quality metadata to ETDs.
ETD 2022 will be held in Novi Sad, Serbia, between September 7-9 September, and will be hosted by the University of Novi Sad . The event will be co-organized by non-profit organizations Science 2.0 Alliance  and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations .