The development of information technologies at Orenburg State University began nearly thirty years ago when the university acquired its first computers. Nowadays the number of university computers is up to 1,324, with over 80% used for educational purposes. 769 computers are integrated into the local university networks, and 643 have access to the internet.
The powerful system of network technologies at OSU includes: Center of Information Technologies, Internet Center, Center of Distance Learning, and Modern Information Technologies in Education.
The Internet Center was opened at the beginning of 1999 under the supervision of Open Society Institute (the Soros Foundation). Joint efforts of this Institute and OSU resulted in the creation of the Telecommunication Center, a modern web-laboratory, 8 classes with group access to the internet, a satellite internet-channel and lastly the development of a highly professional group of experts in these fields.
The Center of Information Technologies develops software and learning materials, solves problems of university management and automation on the basis of a unified curriculum.
The Information Analysis System designed by the Research Technology Center has been functioning at OSU for more than five years. It includes several subdivisions: "University Structure," "Admissions Office," "Personnel Department," "Commercial Department" and others.
The goal of Informational Automation Systems is to increase a documentation turnover share per data medium and to organize informational streams from OSU’s various departments, faculties and other university subdivisions.
The Research Technology Center works actively on the development of library bibliography automation. Technological preparation for an information system to create an Inter-University library is under way. The existing library catalogue has been converted to an easily accessible electronic form.
February 6, 2002 saw a successful approbation of videoconferences when a higher-rate of access to electronic resources was achieved. Laboratory #3311Á has been specially designed and equipped for university videoconferences. It makes communication possible between four remote points through IP channels. Furthermore, compilation on the internet is being made in real time mode.