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Apparently the Med School has an OCW initiative: -- Unclear how committed they are.

They have initiatives like: but they are not CC licensed


Open Access

Harvard has been a leader in moving towards open access publishing. Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) 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 FAS 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. The Open Access policies are being coordinated by Harvard University Library's Office of Scholarly Communication, founded in 2008.

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? Harvard then makes the article available for free in an online repository. Harvard's policy is a so-called "green" Open Access policy, meaning that professors publish their articles in journals, and Harvard provides the means for self-archiving. Faculty members can add an "authors addendum" to the copyright license with the publisher that allows the author to comply with Harvard's Open Access policy as well as grant rights to the publisher.

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 could force certain faculty members — e.g. junior faculty up for tenure — to opt out of Open Access.

Critique of Harvard's OA policy:

Stuart Shieber's blog,


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).


Intellectual Property

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Friendly Faculty

  • Berkman Center.