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Collecting IT scholarship: the IT-thesis project.

DOI: 10.1145/1631728.1631762 Conference: Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Information Technology Education, SIGITE 2009, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, October 22-24, 2009
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In 2006 it was proposed that one significant factor defining an IT research agenda was the scholarly work published in theses and dissertations from universities with IT graduate programs. It was concluded that a repository of IT research was necessary both to facilitate access to this body of work and to make it possible to do a bottom-up analysis of existing work. This paper reports on the status of our efforts to implement the repository that was proposed. A repository for theses and dissertations has been implemented and about 100 thesis abstracts of interest to scholars in IT have been made available. Many provide links to the text of the electronic source documents. The current repository is small, but useful for students and other researchers as a window on current student research efforts. Here we discuss the design and implementation of the repository along with the issues we have encountered in early efforts to populate it. We also discuss the issues discovered while developing analysis techniques for the repository and proposed improvements. We solicit involvement of the IT community in locating and entering relevant documents into the repository located at

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