I was just browsing the Internet for nothing in particular, just typed in my full name in the most famous search engine, Google. Then, in the top ten Google’s list were my blog, the poem I sent to Ceritanet website, the article I wrote on behalf of CCEVI for Media Indonesia, the activities during the Canadians for Tsunami Relief fundraising, and my oh my… my Master thesis!
It said something like this: Scientific Commons: Dina Muliati Elisabeth. And, when I clicked the link it went to the site that named itself Scientific Commons – A Community for Scientific Information (in German language).
I could read the title of my Master thesis there: The Occurrence of Chromium in the Central Oklahoma Aquifer and Its Relationship to Other Major Elements. I spent almost two years to complete it. And due to the availability of data, I had to change the objectives and approach to this thesis.
My goodness! The thesis was done way before the USB era. Yet, it’s there in the archive of OCLC’s Experimental Thesis Catalog (United States).
What is OCLC?
Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. More than 57,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.
This not-for-profit organization claims itself as a worldwide library cooperative and has its own mission, vision, and objectives. It puts all archive projects in ALCME (Advanced Library Collection Management Environment). ALCME’s goal’s is to create a set of open-source tools to seamlessly integrate the components needed to build a distributed library collection management system. These tools support such services as repository interfaces, metadata harvesting, and authority control. Cool!
I know Google also ventures to such territory but to be aware that there is an alternative available out there is so much comforting.
So, if you want a copy of this thesis it’s available out there. *smile*