October 22, 2012 marked the beginning of Open Access Week 2012, a
six-day celebration and reflection on the global movement to promote “the free,
immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to
use and re-use those results as you need.” Sponsored by the Scholarly
Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Week, now
in its sixth year, makes up a week of presentations, seminars, and workshops on
topics related to Open Access at universities, research institutes, funding
agencies, libraries, and other institutions across the world.
In celebration of Open Access Week, Harvard community
members hosted a number of events on campus and in the Greater Boston area.
Harvard is home to the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP), a
project launched in 2011 to foster OA within and beyond Harvard, and to undertake
research and policy analysis on OA for the benefit of all. Harvard’s Office for
Scholarly Communication (OSC),
which spearheads campus-wide initiatives to open, share and preserve
scholarship, is co-sponsoring events (some alongside the Berkman Center for Internet & Society) in
honor of Open Access Week.
Access Week 2012 Events
Monday, October 22 (6:00 PM EST): “Peter Suber and Robin Peek: A Conversation With Students”
Dr. Peter Suber (Harvard Open Access Project) and Dr. Robin Peek (associate
professor, Simmons College) for a student-centered discussion about open
access. RSVP via web page to attend in person or online via webinar. The event,
“Peter Suber and Robin Peek: A Conversation
With Students,” will
take place at Simmons College in Lefavour Hall, Kotzken room (L-001), from 5:30
to 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, October 23 (12:30 PM EST): “How to Make Your Research Open Access
(Whether You’re at Harvard or Not)”
October 23rd at 12:30 p.m., the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and
the Office for Scholarly Communication will host a forum entitled “How to Make Your
Research Open Access (Whether You’re at Harvard or Not).” OA advocates Peter Suber and Stuart
Shieber will headline the session, answering questions on any aspect of open
access and recommending concrete steps for making your work open access. The
Berkman Center will stream the discussion live online. See the Berkman Center website for more information and to RSVP.
Wednesday, October 24 (12:00 PM EST): “Open Access to Health Research: Future
Directions for the NIH Public Access Policy”
October 24, a panel of experts will consider efforts by the National Institutes
of Health to ensure public access to the published results of federally funded
research. “Open Access to Health
Research: Future Directions for the NIH Public Access Policy” will feature a discussion of the
challenges and opportunities for increasing compliance with the NIH policy. The
event, co-sponsored by the Office for Scholarly Communication, Right to
Research Coalition, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, will be
held at the Harvard Law School in Hauser Hall, room 104. More information is
available at the Petrie-Flom Center
Wednesday, October 24 (4:00 PM EST): “Open Access: A Conversation with Peter
Suber and Richard Holton”
will respond to questions about open access and its importance for scholarship
and research at MIT and beyond. Co-sponsored by MIT Libraries and MIT Press, “Open Access: A Conversation with Peter
Suber and Richard Holton” will
be moderated by Ann Wolpert, Director of MIT Libraries, and will include Peter
Suber, Open Access author and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
(HOAP), and Richard Holton, MIT Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the
Faculty Open Access Working Group. The event will take place at MIT, Room
E25-111, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Not located in the Greater Boston area? You can find a
comprehensive list of Open Access Week events taking place across the globe here.
Additional Open Access
In advance of Open Access Week, the Harvard Open Access
Project released version 1.0 of a guide to good practices
for university open-access policies. Read the full announcement here. You
can keep track of these and other announcements related to the Harvard Open
Access Project by subscribing
to the HOAP update newsletter.
For more information on OA at Harvard and beyond, please
consult the following resources: