Advancing Open Knowledge Grants | Harvard Library

“Harvard Library’s Advancing Open Knowledge Grants Program seeks to advance open knowledge and foster innovation to further diversity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism

This new grant program provides project awards of up to $10,000. Projects can take a variety of forms, but should be grounded in Harvard Library’s values. Library staff are encouraged to partner with Harvard faculty, centers, or departments….”

Open access and author rights: questioning Harvard’s open access policy

Harvard’s open access (OA) policy, which has become a template for many institutional OA policies, intrinsically undermines the rights of scholars, researchers, authors and university staff, and it adulterates a principal tenet of open access, namely, that authors should control the intellectual property rights to their material. Assessing the implications of Harvard’s open access policy in the light of Peter Suber’s landmark book, Open Access, as well as resources from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and Title 17 of the United States Code (USC), this article uncovers an intellectual ‘landgrab’ by universities that may at times not work in the interest of the author or creator of research and weakens the appeal of open access.

Reacting to the unprecedented urgency of COVID-19 research at Harvard: DASH’s fast-tracking deposit program · Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

“This past March, the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) launched a program to facilitate the rapid release of Harvard’s COVID-19 research. Under this program, authors submit coronavirus-related papers to DASH, Harvard’s open-access institutional repository, where they are expedited, or “fast-tracked,” through the standard workflow. Now, seven months on, this program has successfully distributed a collection of vital research open-access to a global audience….

Fast-tracking COVID-19 was a simple program to implement, for both OSC staff and authors. Leveraging current DASH submission tools, authors deposit their work to DASH as they normally would. After deposit, authors contact OSC staff to request a fast-track. OSC then expedites the deposit and makes it public in DASH, typically within a few hours….

As of October, 2020, over 30 COVID-19-related works have been fast-tracked in DASH over the past seven months. These works have seen over 400,000 downloads from readers across the globe; DASH had more than one million downloads in the month of June 2020, the repository’s best download month ever, due in part to the COVID-19 fast-track program. Our first fast-tracked paper, by Dr. Marc Lipsitch, registered over 21,000 readers during its first four days on DASH….”

Outreach and Support Coordinator | Library Innovation Lab

“We’re hiring an outreach and support coordinator to help us meet the exploding need for library-powered open educational resources and web archiving tools.

You’ll take the lead in sharing and supporting H2O, our platform for open legal textbooks and other resources. You’ll be the main point of contact for faculty using H2O at Harvard, and you’ll be deeply involved in our efforts to work with colleagues at other schools and libraries to support widespread use of H2O. You’ll also be working closely, in an editorial capacity, with a small number of faculty authors preparing print versions of their open textbooks.

In addition to your work on H2O, you’ll be an important part of the team working to support, our web archiving service, and to adapt it to critical new use cases, such as fact-checking and journalism….”

OA Week 2020 Event: Impacts of Openness · Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

“As part of Harvard Library’s celebration of Open Access Week 2020, join us for Impacts of Openness: Exploring Pressing Questions about Access to Knowledge — an online-only, conversational panel with members of the Harvard community discussing current considerations, benefits and challenges of open scholarship for research, teaching and learning….”

Opening Your Scholarship: Why should I DASH and Dataverse?

“Learn practices and platforms to achieve your open access goals!

Highlights on Harvard DASH and Dataverse.


– Sonia Barbosa, Manager of Data Curation, Harvard Dataverse, Manager of the Murray Research Archive

– Julie Goldman, Research Data Services Librarian

– Colin Lukens, Senior Repository Manager, Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

– Katie Mika, Data Services Librarian …”

Open Access Week 2020 | Harvard Biomedical Data Management

“International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research.

The RDMWG is dedicated to fostering equitable systems of open research and scholarship that serve the needs of our diverse community.

Open Access Week is a time to celebrate achievements in open access and learn more by hearing from practitioners and experts. While open access generally refers to publications, Open Scholarship is about making all research outputs, including data, more visible, and about sharing knowledge more widely.

This year, programming will be completely virtual. We hope you can join Harvard Library and various sponsors for a week of fruitful events!…”

Impacts of Openness: Exploring Pressing Questions about Access to Knowledge

“In celebration of Open Access Week 2020, join this conversational panel with members of the Harvard community as we discuss considerations, benefits and challenges of open scholarship. Hear from a variety of domain experts working on projects designed to democratize knowledge and remove barriers to research, teaching and learning.


– Natascha Chtena, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review

– Kelly Fitzpatrick, Research Associate, Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab, H2O

– Xihong Lin, Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor of Statistics, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, COVID-19 Research

– Mitch Nakaue, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Houghton Library, Harvard Library Bulletin

Learn more about Open Access Week 2020 at Harvard: …”

Open Methods: How to receive credit, encourage reproducibility and acknowledge your peers – Countway LibCal – Harvard Library. Countway Library of Medicine

“Research papers and protocol organization in labs often lack detailed instructions for repeating experiments. is an open-access platform for researchers to create step-by-step, interactive and dynamic protocols that can be run on mobile or web. Researchers can share protocols with colleagues, collaborators, the scientific community or make them public, with ease and efficiency.

Come learn about, navigate credit and acknowledgement, and see how your colleagues at Harvard are using this platform!

Join this webinar for a discussion of:

How do you balance sharing early to help others against sharing prematurely while not being misleading before the method is robust and verified?

Will journals object if you share full protocols before submitting a paper?

Can you share a protocol that was previously published in a journal?


Part 1: Protocol Sharing and Collaborating with Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN)
Connor Jacobson, Research Assistant, Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
Madison Tyler, Research Associate, Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

Part 2: Copyright, credit, scooping: the tricky details of protocol-sharing
Lenny Teytelman, PhD, CEO and Cofounder, …”

The Data Nutrition Project

“A “nutrition label” for datasets.

The Data Nutrition Project aims to create a standard label for interrogating datasets for measures that will ultimately drive the creation of better, more inclusive algorithms.

Our current prototype includes a highly-generalizable interactive data diagnostic label that allows for exploring any number of domain-specific aspects in datasets. Similar to a nutrition label on food, our Dataset Nutrition Label aims to highlight the key ingredients in a dataset such as meta-data and populations, as well as unique or anomalous features regarding distributions, missing data, and comparisons to other ‘ground truth’ datasets. We are currently testing our label on several datasets, with an eye towards open sourcing this effort and gathering community feedback.

The design utilizes a ‘modular’ framework that can be leveraged to add or remove areas of investigation based on the domain of the dataset. For example, Dataset Nutrition Labels for data about people may include modules about the representation of race and gender, while Nutrition Labels for data about trees may not require that module.

To learn more, check out our live prototype built on the Dollars for Docs dataset from ProPublica. A first draft of our paper can be found here….”