This report is based on the experiences obtained in developing and implementing a portal for the publication of monographs, thesis and dissertations written by students of the Universidad de La Sabana (http://biblioteca.unisabana.edu.co). This portal was created by means of the advanced use of a Thesis database developed in CDS/ISIS (BiblioSib, Winisis) in which information is extracted and automatically converted from the Library’s automated information system (CDS/ISIS, Documanager).
This base’s main characteristic resides in that its stru cture contemplates every standard of digital information handling (XML, DUBLÍN CORE, OPENURL, URN), as well as allowing the creation of a standard ETD (Electronic Thesis And Dissertations) model for Colombia (MDT-COL). Additionally this incorporates the development of an interoperability module between different collections and systems from monographs, thesis and dissertations, by means of the installation of the OAI-PMH Protocol (Open Archives Initiative - Metadata Harvesting Protocol) (http://biblioteca.unisabana.edu.co/tesis/oai.php).
During the execution of this project, all the rules and activities for the development of a standardized portal were followed, including main usability norms. It also contemplates automatic handling and access to complete documents texts according to the copyrights associated.