When students submit their born-digital theses and dissertations to universities as a condition of graduation, they sometimes include supplementary files in a variety of formats other than PDFs. This presentation outlines the results of an analysis of the supplementary files in the Dissertations and Theses community in KU ScholarWorks, the online institutional repository of the University of Kansas. The presentation includes statistics about the number of theses and dissertations that include supplementary files, as well as details about the number of supplementary files and their formats. It concludes with an open discussion of possible strategies employed by universities for preservation and long-term use of these materials.
This presentation was given at the conference "Beyond the PDF: Planning for the Future of the Dissertation" on March 15, 2018, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.