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This wiki-based home page has been my main home page since June 2013.
- 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:
- Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication (based in the Harvard Library)
- Director of the Harvard Open Access Project (based in the Berkman Klein Center)
- Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
- 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
- See the bibliography of my writings on open access (with links to OA editions).
- See the backfile of my newsletter (Free Online Scholarship Newsletter, 2001-2002, and SPARC Open Access Newsletter, 2003-2013)
- See the archive of my old blog, Open Access News (2002-2010).
- See some tips on how my projects and writings could help those studying the history of OA
- 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 (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 Indian 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 Open 2020 Working Group
- Member of the Advisory Board of Project Aiur
- Member of the Advisory Committee for the study, Characterizing the Adoption of ORCID iDs in Academic Communities
- 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 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 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
- Professor of Philosophy Emeritus 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 remained an unremunerated research professor at Earlham until 2019, when I became emeritus.
- Past affiliations (most recent first)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
- Member of the Library Steering Committee of Knowledge Unlatched (KU)
- 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. (I don't link to it because the web site has since been bought by people in a different line of work.)
- 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
- I tweet as @petersuber.
- From July 2011 to April 2019, I blogged lightly at Google+, about 1,400 posts over 8 years. Unfortunately, because Google pulled the plug, my G+ blog is no longer online, though I may soon be able to link to an archived copy. See more details here. Also see my handmade list of major G+ posts, with links to copies in the Internet Archive.
- From May 2002 to April 2010, I blogged heavily 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, 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. OAN is preserved and searchable in several places. See more details here.
- I have accounts on Diaspora, Dock, Hastac, LinkedIn, Mastodon, Medium, MeWe, and PASHpost (realizing that not all these are in the same niche). But I don't use them. I deleted my Facebook account after a brief experiment years ago, for reasons like those laid out in this 2010 article, and updated in this 2018 article.
- Although I'm picky about social-media sites, that doesn't mean that I love ones I use or have used. On the contrary, Twitter (my remaining channel) feeds online centralization, which I oppose. Its surveillance of my online habits takes more from my privacy than it gives back in features or other benefits. It does its part to turn universal Turing machines into dumb terminals plugged in to a corporate cloud. It's not built on free and open-source software, failing my own recommendation for other digital tools and infrastructure. And simply on the merits, or doing what I want social-media platforms to do, it's deteriorating. (All these objections applied to G+ before its death.) The niche for something better grows larger all the time. Before you write, I recognize that by using it I boost its network effects and help entrench it against better alternatives. That's one reason why I actively scan for emerging alternatives and experiment with the ones I find. Meantime, I keep using a flawed platform because I want the engagement I get from social media, both as a reader and author, and for now, for me, the net benefits exceed the net costs.
- Berkman Klein Center profile.
- Wikipedia profile
- Wikidata profile
- ORCID profile. My ORCID = 0000-0002-3577-2890.
- ISNI profile. My ISNI ID = 0000 0000 3579 6302.
- VIAF profile. My VIAF ID = 41863008.
- Google Scholar profile.
- Earlham College home page. (Mostly superseded by the present home page.)
- 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:
- One section preserves my Earlham College web site, including my course pages, blog archive, and many of my publications. (I believe that all of my publications on this site are now also in DASH.)
- A second section preserves my personal wiki at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, including this wiki-based home page.
- A third section preserves the site of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
- Harvard's H-Sites preserves three of my web sites:
- My page on conflicts of interest.
- Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138. Phone 617-495-4089. Email email@example.com.
- My office is in Widener Library, Room G-20.
- My primary email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- I also use <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- I'm phasing out <email@example.com> and <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, text, 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."