Open Access Week 10/24-10/30


Libraries across the globe are celebrating Open Access (OA) Week, from October 24-October 30.

What is open access? It is a movement to make scholarship free and open for public use and consumption without digital restrictions. SPARC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting open access scholarship, has an excellent website that discusses open access and highlights new open access projects including open education resources (OERs) and open data.

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, adopted an Open Access Policy in 2008. The Harvard Kennedy School followed suit with its own adoption of the HKS Open Access Policy in 2009. Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC) maintains Harvard’s online digital repository for scholarship, DASH. The OSC administers the HOPE Fund, which provides limited funding to Harvard affiliated authors who publish in qualifying open access journals.  Visit DASH to view open access scholarship that has been authored by Harvard faculty, staff and students including the HKS Faculty Scholarship Series.

If you have questions about the HKS Open Access Policy, contact the HKS Library Liasion for the Office of Scholarly Communication, Senior Research & Knowledge Services Librarian, Valerie Weis.

Some additional OA sites and resources are listed below:

Open Access Week, Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication

Peter Suber’s MIT Press 2012 book, Open Access and 2016 book, Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011 (Open access versions are linked from the MIT Press site). Peter Suber is the Director of Office of Scholarly Communications at Harvard.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Books

Open Textbook Library

Open Syllabus Project

Creative Commons License: Different license options for designating works authored by you as open access

HKS Library Guide, Beyond Harvard: Lists a number of open access resources in the Scholarly Articles and More section.



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