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What can universities do to promote open access?

March 28th, 2008 by dwentworth

Open access leader Peter Suber answers that question in the characteristically thorough and engaging lecture he gave on March 17th at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The talk, co-sponsored by the Berkman Center, Science Commons and Harvard’s Center for Research on Computation and Society, gives a tour of five ways that universities can promote open access to research:

  • launching and filling their own OA repositories
  • supporting peer-reviewed OA journals
  • supporting OA monographs from their university presses
  • fine-tuning their promotion and tenure criteria to support excellent research even in unconventional places
  • educating faculty about copyright and OA itself

The Berkman Center has now posted video and audio of the entire lecture and ensuing discussion, and the slides are available here. And if you’re interested in responses, check out Stevan Harnad’s detailed commentary, as well as Suber’s reply at Open Access News.

One Response

  1. Søren Kjær Vestergaard, on March 29th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I have been following the discussion about this issue for some time. I have believed that a great leadership is atmost importance. I still thing that good leadership is important for an institution but more important is the institutional rights because they are changed every 3-5 year.