This wiki-based home page has been my main home page since June 2013. If I move to another page, I'll say so here and link to the new page.
- Suggested short URL for this page = bit.ly/petersuber
My work and primary affiliations
- I work for the free circulation of knowledge and research in every field and region. In practice that means education, collaboration, research, writing, tool-building, direct assistance, and pro bono consulting for open access. I wear several hats:
- My primary field is philosophy (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1978). I'm also a non-practicing lawyer (J.D., Northwestern, 1982).
|My latest book is Knowledge Unbound (MIT Press, 2016). It's available in paperback, hardback, and many open-access editions (same text, different file formats).|
|My last book before that is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). It's available in paperback and many open-access editions (same text, different file formats). I keep it alive with frequent updates and supplements. Choice named Open Access an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.|
- On open access
- On topics other than open access
- See the bibliography of my writings (with links to OA editions).
- Nearly all my publications are open access from my section of DASH (the Harvard open-access repository), my Earlham web site, a publisher's site, or some combination of these.
- One kind of exception is an older, print-only publication for which I don't yet have a digital edition. Over the years I've gradually created digital editions where I didn't have them, and I'm nearly done.
- Another kind of exception is a work for which I have a digital edition but not permission for open access. The only exception of this kind is The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions (Routledge, 1998). I published it before I started thinking hard about OA. I've asked Routledge to make the book OA, but it declined. I'm still willing to do so as soon as Routledge is. If Routledge doesn't make it OA while the book is still in print, then I'll make it OA as soon is it goes out of print and the rights revert to me.
- Also see the section on social media below.
- When I was a philosophy prof (c. 1982-2003), I specialized in Kant and German idealism; the history of modern European philosophy, roughly from Montaigne to Nietzsche; the history of western skepticism from Socrates to the 20th century; epistemological and ethical issues related to skepticism, such as fictionalism, ideology, self-deception, and the ethics of belief; the logical, epistemological, ethical, and legal problems of self-reference; the metatheory of first-order logic; the ethics of paternalism, consent, and coercion; and the philosophy of law. I retain an interest in all these topics, and have since added some new ones: the connections between ancient Greek skepticism and Buddhism (via Pyrrho), the naturalization of ethics, and concepts of randomness.
- In my post-prof life, my interests center on policies, practices, and technologies that foster knowledge, especially those that foster the growth, sharing, integration, use, and usefulness of knowledge. In addition to promoting these policies, practices, and technologies, I want to understand how the internet has changed research, scholarship, and education, how it ought to change them, and what it would mean to take full advantage of the internet for these purposes.
Other current affiliations
- Here are some affiliations other than the primary affiliations above (most recent first):
- Member of the Board of the Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA)
- External Expert for OpenMinTeD, in the Working Group on intellectual property rights and licensing
- Member of the Advisory Board of Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO)
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study
- Member of the Advisory Board of OneRepo
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Open Data Assistance Program (ODAP)
- Founding member of the Authors Alliance
- Member of the Joint Working Group of SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)
- Member of the Advisory Board of ScienceOpen
- Member of the Advisory Board of Knowledge Unlatched (KU)
- Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP)
- Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Directory (OAD)
- Member of the Steering Committee of the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)
- Member of the Advisory Council of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition
- Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press
- Member of the New Knot Claims Assessment Committee of the International Guild of Knot Tyers
- Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College
- Co-founder of the Harvard Open Data Assistance Program (ODAP), with Mercè Crosas, 2014
- Co-developer of TagTeam, 2011
- Founder of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP), 2011
- Founder of the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), 2009
- Co-founder of the Open Access Directory (OAD), with Robin Peek, 2008
- Co-founder of the Societies and Open Access Research (SOAR) project, with Caroline Sutton, 2007
- Principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (February 2002) and the BOAI 10 year anniversary statement (September 2012)
- Creator of Nomic, 1982
Background and past affiliations
- In May 2003 I gave up my position as a tenured, full professor of philosophy at Earlham College, where I had taught since 1982. I also taught computer science and law. I left my professorship in order to work full-time on open access to research, which I've done ever since. However, I'm still a research professor at Earlham and still work full-time in the academic universe.
- Past affiliations (most recent first)
- Member of the Advisory Panel of the HEFCE monographs and open access project
- Member of the Editorial Board of Publications
- Fellow at the OpenForum Academy
- Member of the Advisory Group of the SPARC Campus Open Access Policies project
- Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project (ISP) of Yale Law School
- Member of the Advisory Board of The European Library
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation
- Member of the Editorial Board of Open Access Research
- Member of the Board of Directors of The Center For Internet Research
- Member of the External Graduate Faculty of University of Maine
- Member of the Advisory Board of JournalReview
- Member of the Advisory Committee of the Text Outline Project
- Member of the Advisory Group of the Open Access to Knowledge Law Project
- Member of the Scientific Committee of Open Culture
- Member of the Journal Article Versions Review Group of the NISO/ALPSP Journal Article Versions Working Group.
- Member of the Advisory Committee of the Commons of Geographic Data
- Member of the Publishing Working Group for Science Commons
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the book series on Open Access published by Polimetrica
- Member of the Advisory Board of Academic Commons
- Member of the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Information Commons of the American Library Association
- Director of the Open Access Project at Public Knowledge
- Moderator of the SPARC Open Access Forum (SOAF)
- Author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter (SOAN) (formerly the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter)
- Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Author and editor of the Open Access News blog (OAN)
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Bagaduce Watershed Association
- Member of the Board of Governors of the International Consortium For The Advancement of Academic Publication
- Moderator of the BOAI Forum
- Editorial consultant to Noesis: Philosophical Research Online
- Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy and co-editor of its Virtual Library of Philosophy
- Senior Researcher at Noetic Laboratories
- Co-Editor of Noesis: Philosophical Research On-Line
- General Editor of Hippias, The Limited-Area Search Engine for Philosophy
- Berkman Klein Center profile.
- Earlham College home page.
- Google Scholar profile.
- ORCID profile. My ORCID = 0000-0002-3577-2890.
- ISNI profile. My ISNI ID = 0000 0000 3579 6302.
- VIAF profile. My VIAF ID = 41863008.
- My curriculum vitae (abridged and dated). Contact me if you need an unabridged and updated version.
- Archived sites and pages
- Harvard's H-Sites preserves three of my web sites:
- Most of my old blog, Open Access News (2002-2010), is backed up and searchable in a Google Group of the same name. I forget what trick I used to send each blog post to the Google Group. But whatever it was, I didn't think of it until after I'd posted for a while. The Group captures about 14k of the 18k posts overall. All the posts should be captured in the first of H-Sites back-ups above, although it's harder to search.
- BTW, the Google Group search leaves a lot to be desired. If you search for "Elsevier", it will tell you there are 11 hits. But if you scroll through the hit list to the end, you'll find 203. If you scroll back to the top, you'll see that the search page updated its estimate to 203.
- You can also search the blog in Google. Just precede each search string with "peter suber" and "open access news" (keeping the quotation marks). This method will include some hits that quote my blog posts, but it won't omit any of my blog posts.
- You can also search the blog with a [site:https://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/ [your searchstring here] Google "site" search]
- Harvard's H-Sites preserves three of my web sites:
the section of my Earlham site containing the blog.
- I tweet as @petersuber and blog at Google+ as +petersuber.
- I have accounts on Diaspora, LinkedIn, Mastodon, and other social-media platforms, but don't use them. I deleted my Facebook account for reasons like those laid out in this 2010 article.
- Although I'm picky about social-media sites, that doesn't mean that the two I use have my unqualified endorsements. On the contrary, Twitter and Google+ are both deteriorating, and the niche for something better grows larger all the time.
- If you have a serious question for me, please consider a channel that gives me space for a serious answer, like email or Google+, not Twitter.
- Nowadays I post little to social media. But from 2002 from 2010 I blogged intensively at Open Access News — about 18,000 posts over 8 years, with occasional blogging partners. OAN was my attempt to stay on top of all that was happening with OA and share what I learned. It was useful while it lasted, but it didn't scale with the growth of OA. That failure to scale led me to launch the crowd-sourced and tag-based Open Access Tracking Project in 2009, and lay down my blog about a year later. I explained why I was making the transition in a May 2009 article in my newsletter. The blog archive remains online for searching, with another copy preserved in a section of Harvard's H-Sites.
- Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138. Phone 617-495-4089. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The OSC staff assistant is Sarah Kinne.
- My office is in Widener Library, Room G-20.
- My primary email addresses are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I also use <email@example.com>.
- I no longer use <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>. If you have them in your address book, please replace them with one of the above.
- Email is the best way to reach me. If you want to contact me by phone, fax, snail mail, or some other way, and don't want to go through the Office for Scholarly Communication, then send me an email and I'll tell you how. If you send me a message by social media, I probably won't see it.
|"To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher."