2019 NDLTD Leadership Award

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Hussein Suleman
Dr. Suleman has done extraordinary service to the worldwide ETD initiative for two decades. He played an important role in the Open Archives Initiative efforts that began in 1999, which led to the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH); it underlies much of the work to collect metadata about ETDs. While a doctoral student he worked on OAI-PMH, applying it to ETDs, and also played a lead role in the work on ETD-MS, the ETD metadata standard.
Dr. Suleman earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Computer Science in 2002 with his dissertation entitled “Open Digital Libraries” (see http://hdl.handle.net/10919/29712), working even then with ETD metadata.
Dr. Suleman went on to join the faculty in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. There he promoted ETD efforts in his country as well as in other nations of Africa, from 2005 serving on the Steering Committee of the NRF/CHELSA South African National ETD Project. Dr. Suleman has been on the NDLTD Board of Directors since 2004, and has published about ETDs and OAI starting in 2002. He ran ETD 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2012 he has run the NDLTD Union Catalog, and since 2015 he has run the NDLTD Global Search system. Thus he has contributed to the technology as well as human support of ETDs.

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