- Sponsored by UNESCO and Fonds Francophone des Inforoutes, the Cybertesis program is the result of a project of cooperation between the Université de Montréal, the Université de Lyon2, the University of Chile and 32 universities of Europe, Africa and Latin America. It allows to make simultaneous searches through a single Web interface, and to retrieve more than 50.000 full text theses stored in 27 different servers and university repositories, by means of the use of OAI protocol (Open Archives Initiative) as a service provider (metadata harvesting).
The University of Chile Information and Libraries Services System (SISIB) has implemented Cybertesis in Latin America and the Cybertesis Electronic Thesis Publication Program (Cyberdocs), to allow the conversion of theses written by students in proprietary formats into structured format (XML) automatically. And the University of Chile has transfered the ETD publication platform to 18 Latin American universities. From a formal point of view, the institutions that participate in Cybertesis, acquire the commitment to make public the theses that they generate electronically.
From Latin America, the following universities have Cyberthesis collections:
- Universidad de Chile
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
- Universidad Austral
- Universidad Católica del Norte
- Universidad de Los Andes
- Universidad de Concepción, Sede Chillán
- Universidad del Bío-Bío