Today we received a downtime notice from ProQuest. This is not unusual, especially during the holidays when services make time to update and upgrade. What cheered my little heart was this notice:
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Multimedia Support release—ProQuest has seen an increase in dissertations and theses that include supplementary digital materials - audio, video, spreadsheets, etc. To properly support scholarly access to these materials, ProQuest is now making them available online in the Full Text version of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database.Yes, ProQuest is going to include at least some supporting media and data for the theses and dissertations that it makes available. PQDT already has an Open PQDT that includes Open Access ETDs. I cannot find any details about this on the ProQuest site, but it's a promising step.