The Office for Scholarly Communication spearheads campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. With support from OSC, open-access policies are now in place at all Harvard schools. Harvard research centers have also begun to adopt open-access policies, including the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
The OSC also runs supporting programs such as:
- DASH, the University's central, open-access repository;
- the HOPE fund, to reimburse processing fees for articles published in open-access journals;
- COPE, a multi-university compact to underwrite publication charges for open-access journals;
- ETDs @ Harvard, the University's electronic theses and dissertation submission system. It is managed by each participating school and maintained by the OSC;
- Harvard's Copyright Advisory Program, including the Copyright First Responders.
Past OSC projects include:
- Library Lab, offering opportunities for individuals to make original contributions to the way libraries work.