is a searchable thesis & dissertation database which
helps to increase the availability and utility of these important documents.
Historically, theses and dissertations have not been freely accessible
through a powerful, centralized database. Rather, they have been
available at individual College and University web sites (if at all),
often via the respective school’s ETD (Electronic Thesis and
Dissertation) program. While these ETD programs are very important
(indeed, they provide the bulk of the data used to create
), the lack of a free, centralized database means that a
global search of theses and dissertations has often not been possible.
OpenThesis addresses that issue, and by creating a centralized search,
encourages the reading and use of these important documents. The
benefits to the schools and authors are numerous, including greater
recognition in the research community, collaboration and employment
opportunities, and intellectual property licensing opportunities.
see here: http://www.openthesis.org/