MIT press has just published a book about open access authored by OA advocate and special advisor to the OSC, Peter Suber. The Kindle edition of Open Access is available today. Digital editions in a dozen other formats will follow over the summer. The paperback edition is available for pre-order now from MIT Press and Amazon.com, and will ship in early August. The book will be made available open access this time next year.
In his forthcoming article for the Journal of Access Services, Andrew M. Wilson reports on a Harvard Library Lab project to install QR codes in the stacks of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. The full text of the article is already available in the DASH repository.
The current issue of Harvard Magazine features a cover story about innovative digital humanities projects. Among the projects singled out for praise is Zeega. The brainchild of Jeffrey Schnapp and Jesse Shapins, Zeega got its start as a project of Harvard’s Library Lab. Read the full article here.
Harvard’s Faculty Advisory Council has released a statement about the current state of academic journal pricing; it begins: “We write to communicate an untenable situation facing the Harvard Library. Many large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive.” Read the full statement here.
A Brown Bag Session
April 9, 2012
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A
Harvard Law School
Does mandating free online access to papers resulting from federally funded research violate the Copyright Act or treaty obligations? A distinguished pair of panelists will discuss this question, in the context of the broader policy issues raised by such open access mandates. They will consider the pending Federal Research Public Access Act, as well as the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy.
On March 29, the director of the OSC, Prof. Stuart Shieber, provided testimony about open access before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Read Prof. Shieber’s written testimony here. The Chronicle of Higher Education has also posted about the hearing.
On March 30, 2012, the library will be hosting a talk for the Harvard community entitled “From Here to Open Access: How to Get it Done.”
If the objective of open access is to make it possible for anyone in the world to have access to what university researchers know, publicly funded or otherwise, what needs doing over the next three to five years and how do we make it happen? Find out more about the event here.
Should the public have open access to academic and scholarly articles resulting from federally-funded research? The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy posted a request for information on just this issue. Read Harvard’s response here.