First 200 theses in the National E-Theses Repository
The recent setting up of DABAR, a digital system bringing together Croatian academic archives and repositories, marked the beginning of a systematic and regular storing of theses in digital form and enabling their wide availability. All theses that become included in the repositories of individual academic institutions automatically become part of the central university repositories as well as of the national repository of electronic theses and dissertations, the National E-Theses Repository (Nacionalni repozitorij završnih i diplomskih radova, ZIR).
This central national repository was set up by the National and University Library in Zagreb as a central place for storing and accessing the digital versions of all theses and dissertations defended at Croatian higher education institutions. It has been established as part of the DABAR system through the Library’s cooperation with the Croatian University Computing Centre (Sveučilišni računski centar, SRCE) and libraries at the Croatian universities and other institutions of higher education.
The initiative created the conditions necessary for the implementation of the Croatian higher education law, which requires that publications resulting from publicly-funded research are made freely and permanently available on appropriate web locations, including the Croatian National and University Library’s online database of final theses and dissertations, i.e. ZIR.
The National and University Library in Zagreb developed an additional URN:NBN-based system that greatly improves the functionality of this network of repositories by enabling a unique identification of digital objects from individual institutions and their permanent availability. The Croatian higher education institutions are assigned unique URN:NBN prefixes and API keys based on an online form they have to fill out and submit to the National and University Library in Zagreb.
Students and staff of Croatian university libraries may find useful information on these newly instituted procedures on the ZIR portal, while all additional information may be obtained by contacting the ZIR Management Team.