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Monday, April 23, 2007

More on OA to UK theses and dissertations

Tracey Caldwell, EThOS begins in earnest, Information World Review blog, April 19, 2007.  Excerpt:

Some of the most innovative research output in the UK will finally shake off its cloak of invisibility in two years’ time with the roll-out of a service that will take UK doctoral theses out of rarely visited library stacks and into the online mainstream.

In January, more than 70 higher education institutions said that they intended to join the Ethosnet project, which is now starting to digitise past doctoral theses in preparation for the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) in 2009.

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles (CURL) have developed the prototype for the project and the British Library will run it.

EThOS will offer full text access to UK theses through a single web interface. This will include theses digitised and stored electronically by the British Library as well as other theses held electronically by universities....