Open Access Week and Worldwide Week Merge at Harvard

















Published 25 October 2017

This week, Harvard merges two celebrations: Open Access Week, led by the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), and the inaugural Worldwide Week, led by the Harvard Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA).

These two events aim to raise awareness of Harvard’s reach into the global community of research and education. By connecting them this year, both offices hope to start a new level of cooperation and collaboration.

VPIA’s Worldwide Week showcases Harvard’s global presence and the range of its educational opportunities that extend beyond the Cambridge and Boston campuses.

Open Access Week is marked by an international series of events highlighting open access to research, and promoting it as the new default. Scholarly works in DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), Harvard’s open-access repository, are freely available to anyone with an internet connection, and have been downloaded more than 13 million times by users from every country on Earth.

DASH receives dozens of messages from readers around the world each week. These “DASH Stories” describe how open access to Harvard scholarship makes a difference in readers’ research or everyday lives. Recently, a recent reader from South America, provided this feedback: “I am a University lecturer in South America with limited access to academic journals. I wish they all were free to access. I am glad for this initiative, I hope it soon becomes the norm.”

The OSC and VPIA are pleased to work together in supporting their common interests, and highlighting Harvard’s global presence in open access to research and in international educational opportunities. The OSC hopes you will explore the events on offer during Worldwide Week.