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This is an experiment in a wiki-based home page. For now, it's my main home page. If I decide the experiment is a failure, and shift to another page, I'll say so here and link to the new page.
- Suggested short URL for this page = bit.ly/petersuber
- I work for the free circulation of research in every field and language. In practice that means research, writing, organizing, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. I wear several hats:
- Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
- Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
- Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
- Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
- Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College
- My primary field is philosophy (Ph.D. from Northwestern University, 1978). I'm also a non-practicing lawyer (J.D. from Northwestern, 1982).
Other current affiliations
- Current affiliations, other than the primary affiliations above (most recent first)
- Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
- Member of the Editorial Board of Publications
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Syllabus Project
- Fellow at the Openforum Academy
- Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
- Member of the Advisory Group of the SPARC Campus Open Access Policies project
- 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 Board 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
- co-founder of the catalog of Society Publishers with Open Access Journals, with Caroline Sutton, 2007
- co-founder of the Open Access Directory (OAD), with Robin Peek, 2008
- founder of the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), 2009
- co-developer of TagTeam, 2011
- My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). It's available in paperback and at least eight OA editions (PDF, HTML, ePub, Mobi, Daisy, DjVu, plain text, and streaming). I keep it alive with frequent updates and supplements.
- For my other writings on OA, see:
- the bibliography of my writings on open access
- the backfile of my newsletter (Free Online Scholarship Newsletter, March 2001 - September 2002, and SPARC Open Access Newsletter, July 2003 - June 2013)
- the archive of my old blog, Open Access News (May 2002 - April 2010)
- With one exception, all of my publications are OA, and all my OA publications are available from my section of DASH (the Harvard institutional repository) or my Earlham web site.
- The exception is The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions (Routledge, 1998). I signed the contract before I started thinking hard about OA. I've since asked Routledge to make the book OA and it declined. I'm still willing to do so as soon as Routledge is.
- I believe that's the only exception. Believe? All my publications since I started working for OA in the late 1990's are OA. Except for Speluncean Explorers, all my earlier publications for which I have digital copies are now OA. For a while there were a few for which I didn't have digital copies. I've tried to find or create digital copies for each of those, and make each one OA, and I believe I've now succeeded. If I ever notice that I've missed one, I'll get back to work.
- My entire Earlham web site, including my courses, blog archive, and many of my publications, is preserved and annually refreshed at a section within Harvard's H-Sites.
- I blog at Google+. My G+ posts are reposted automatically to an RSS feed and my Twitter feed. I rarely post to Twitter manually.
Background and past affiliations
- Until May 2003 I was a professor of philosophy at Earlham College, where I had taught since 1982. I also taught computer science and law. Although I have left full-time teaching, I am still a research professor at Earlham and still work full-time in the academic universe. My philosophical interests lie chiefly in the history of modern European philosophy, roughly from Montaigne to Nietzsche; Kant and Hegel; the history of western skepticism from Sextus Empiricus 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 liberty, paternalism, consent, and coercion; criminal law and tort law; and the philosophy of law. My current interests center on policies and technologies that foster research. Apart from the active promotion these policies and technologies, I'm interested in understanding how the internet has changed research and scholarly communication, how it ought to change them, and what it would mean to take full advantage of the internet for the creation and sharing of knowledge.
- Past affiliations (most recent first)
- 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
- Editorial consultant to Noesis: Philosophical Research Online
- 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 (5 yr term, ending June 2012)
- 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 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
- Author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter (SOAN)
- 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 SPARC Open Access Forum (SOAF)
- Moderator of the BOAI Forum
- 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 Center profile
- Earlham College home page
- ORCID profile. My ORCID = 0000-0002-3577-2890.
- Google profile
- Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, 1341 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138. Phone 617-495-4089. Fax 617-495-0370.
- My primary email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- I also use <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- I no longer use <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. 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 OSC office (above), then send me an email and I'll tell you how. If you tweet me a message, I probably won't see it.
|"To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher."