Open Access Book Launch
Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A Room
This event will be archived on our site shortly after.
Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Law School Library.
Special guests include: Stuart Shieber (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), Robert Darnton (Harvard University Library), June Casey (Harvard Law School Library), David Weinberger (Berkman Center / Harvard Library Innovation Lab) and more.
The internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide
audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary
opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free
of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open
access is made possible by the internet and copyright-holder consent,
and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend
on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for
350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for
impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without
In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.
Peter Suber's work consists of research, writing, organizing, advocacy, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. He is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. He blogs at Google Plus.