The national electronic dissertation record and archive

Since August 2006 in France, electronic PhD dissertations must be recorded in STAR (Signalement des thèses, archivage et recherche), a nationwide application developed by ABES (Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur). STAR rationalises the circulation of dissertations within institutions and the roles of the various participants involved in the process. The dissertation is given official recognition, enriched with interoperable metadata, and recorded for permanent archiving and greater ease of dissemination.