May 2014

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May 2014 Update Public Version

Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) April 2014 Update, Public Version

Welcome to the HOAP discussion list! This list is designed to share monthly updates, conversations, and information about the Harvard Open Access Project. Some of HOAP's work is confidential, such as consulting with institutions about their OA policies. The public updates therefore provide information on the rest of our work.

These updates are publicly available for community members, partners, and other interested parties. Feel free to share them with your networks.

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May 2014 Update Public Version

I. Ongoing Work


  • Peter and HOAP research assistant Andrea Bernard continue to update and expand the Open Access Directory (OAD).


II. Events


  • Peter helped celebrate the sixth birthday of the Open Access Directory (OAD) on April 30, 2014, at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He is a co-founder of the OAD.
  • Peter spoke on open access at Wellesley College on May 13, 2014.
  • Peter Suber and Peter Hirtle led a two-hour session for Berkman Fellows on May 20, 2014, on how authors should decide what they want from a publishing contract, and how to read a contract to see how well it delivers what they want.​

III. Work with Other Institutions


  • Four HOAP principals are key players in the new Authors Alliance, launched May 21, 2014. Bob Darnton and Jonathan Zittrain are on the Advisory Board, and Stuart Shieber and Peter Suber are among the founding members.

IV. Technical Developments


  • HOAP developed TagTeam 1.0 in 2011-2012, and launched version 1.5.2 on April 10, 2014.
  • HOAP's primary objective in developing TagTeam is to enhance the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), which moved to TagTeam in September 2012. However, HOAP is developing TagTeam as a general-purpose tool useful for social-tagging projects on any topic. The development is funded by the Harvard Library Lab.

V. Related Resources