Congratulations Aman Ahuja on Thesis Award!
November 6, 2023
Congratulations to recent Ph.D. recipient Aman Ahuja, who was recognized by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) with its annual Innovative Student Thesis Award. Aman's dissertation is titled "Analyzing and Navigating Electronic Theses and Dissertations." His advisor was Ed Fox.
The Innovative ETD Award supports student efforts to transform the genre of the dissertation through the use of innovative research data management techniques and software to create multimedia ETDs. His thesis, Analyzing and Navigating Electronic Theses and Dissertations, provides a technical framework to expand access to the content of millions of published theses, which are constrained in their usability and usefulness by the Portable Document Format (PDF).
Current digital libraries are institutional repositories with the objective being content archiving; they often need end-user services to make this valuable data useful for the scholarly community. To effectively utilize such data to address the information needs of users, digital libraries should support various end-user services such as document and chapter search, browsing, and recommendation, as well as services to make navigation of long PDF documents easier and more accessible. Aman's research and dissertation directly address these concerns in creative and beneficial ways.