Archive:Open University Report Cards Harvard

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Policies

http://osc.hul.harvard.edu/OpenAccess/overview.php

http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2008/02/more-on-imminent-oa-mandate-at-harvard.html

Apparently the Med School has an OCW initiative: http://mycourses.med.harvard.edu/public/ -- Unclear how committed they are.

They have initiatives like: http://athome.harvard.edu/about but they are not CC licensed

Criteria

Open Access

Harvard has been a leader in moving towards open access publishing. Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences had the first Open Access policy in the United States. In February 2008, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences unanimously voted to establish an Open Access policy. The policy is an agreement on the part of the faculty to give Harvard a "nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit." (how do you cite sources on a wiki? http://osc.hul.harvard.edu/OpenAccess/policytexts.php) Harvard then makes the article available for free in an online repository.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences' policy has been adopted by Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard School of Education; a similar policy is being proposed at Harvard School of Medicine.

Faculty members may apply for a waiver from the Office of the Dean, however, and choose not to publish a paper as Open Access. This aspect was added with certain closed-access journals' policies in mind; some journals do not allow for author distribution, a policy that would force certain faculty members — e.g. junior faculty up for tenure — to opt out of Open Access.

Critique of Harvard's OA policy: http://poynder.blogspot.com/2009/07/open-access-rethinking-harvard.html

Stuart Shieber's blog, http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/pamphlet/

OER

Although Harvard has a number of initiatives to make available educational videos to the public, these are neither unified nor freely licensed. No established OpenCourseWare initiative is present, although a number of experiments have been undertaken (The Web Difference by Weinberger & Nesson, for one).

FOSS

Intellectual Property

University Network

Friendly Faculty

  • Berkman Center.