VALET for ETDs is a customizable, web-based interface that allows remote users to submit Electronic Theses & Dissertations into a FEDORA™ digital object repository.
VALET for ETDs has been designed to handle submission of any file format and allows contributors and other content creators to enter metadata into configurable, form-based templates. VALET for ETDs is designed to allow for a staged submission process whereby any number of review stages can be integrated to ensure that authorized staff have the ability to edit, delete or approve submitted ETDs prior to ingest into the repository.
VALET for ETDs is offered as a free, open-source solution for web self-submission of ETDs. This solution builds upon our collaborative experience with the NDLTD Project at Virginia Tech, the ADT Program and the ARROW Project in Australia to build a 'best of breed' solution for web submission of ETDs. VALET for ETDs is bundled with a FEDORA™ digital object repository and a Mckoi database (MySQL or Oracle may also be used). VALET for ETDs has pre-configured templates for metadata capture in Dublin Core and ETD-MS formats, but can be extended to support other metadata formats or schemas such as MARCXML.
VALET for ETDs has also been designed to allow administrators to carefully control who can submit content and how that content is submitted. VALET for ETDs provides support for integration with an institution's user authentication and authorization system and allows for restrictions to be placed on the number and types of content allowed for submission. VALET for ETDs further supports e-mail notifications to content aggregators and reviewers.