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.