January 19, 2022

MIT Convenes Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to Institute’s Research

From MIT Libraries:

MIT’s provost, in consultation with the vice president for research, the chair of the faculty, and the director of the libraries, has appointed an ad hoc task force on open access to MIT’s research. Convening the task force was one of the 10 recommendations presented in the preliminary report of the Future of Libraries Task Force.

The open access task force, chaired by Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Hal Abelson and Director of Libraries Chris Bourg, will lead an Institute-wide discussion of ways in which current MIT open access policies and practices might be updated or revised to further the Institute’s mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.


The preliminary report of the Institute-wide Future of Libraries Task Force, released in October 2016, acknowledged that while MIT’s open access policy and implementation are widely seen as a successful model, “the fact remains that most of MIT’s scholarship remains unavailable for open dissemination. … The gap in coverage not only represents a loss in access for MIT’s global community of stakeholders, it also ensures that MIT’s full contribution to the scholarly record cannot be comprehensively assessed or computationally analyzed.”

The task force’s activities will include reviewing MIT’s open access activities to date, as well as those of sister institutions and other organizations, and working with faculty and administration in MIT’s departments, labs, centers, and other units such as MITx, MIT Press, and the Office for Digital Learning, to discuss these initiatives and opportunities for enhancing them.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: MIT Announces a New Open Access Policy For All MIT Authors

See Also: Open Access/Repositories: MIT Libraries Launches “Public Access QuickSubmit” Form For Authors (October 26, 2016)

See Also: “A Global Library for a Global University,” MIT Task Force Releases Preliminary “Future of Libraries” Report

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