Scholarly Communication at Texas A&M recently posted a blog regarding an Open Access ETD initiative at The University of Central Florida. An excerpt follows:
The University of Central Florida (UCF), a global public research university with comprehensive graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels, has announced that their students’ electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) will soon be made available “to a much wider audience”. Beginning in Fall 2010 UCF ETD’s will be contributed to freely accessible national and international databases including the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and the Worldwide ETD Index. In addition, UCF ETDs will be made available to web crawlers to show up in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
The post also addresses UCFs decision to move from mandatory to optional ProQuest/UMI submission, as well as to remove ProQuest/UMI processing from its standard ETD workflow. Further information about the University’s new ETD submission process are available from the Library website. Also, see the complete blog post for further details.