MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXXI No. 1
September / October 2018
Education for Credit/Education for Progress
MIT's Relationship to China
How Not to Teach Ethics
On Critical Thinking and Nerd Epistemology
A Collaboration in Learning
MIT Open Access Task Force Shares
White Paper on OA Landscape
The Transition to Retirement
Climate and Accountability
Stephen Hawking:
The Eminent Physicist vs. The Media Myth
Introducing the MIT
Academic Climate Survey
Study Abroad IAP Opportunities
Continue to Grow
Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Fellow
Request for Proposals
for Innovative Curricular Projects
from the 2018 MIT Survey of New Students
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MIT Open Access Task Force
Shares White Paper on OA Landscape

Hal Abelson, Chris Bourg

In July 2017, Provost Martin Schmidt, in consultation with the Vice President for Research, the Chair of the Faculty, and the Director of Libraries, 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 2016 preliminary report of the Future of Libraries Task Force. In addition, the 2013 Report to the President on MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz raised the question as to whether MIT should strengthen its activities in support of open access to the research and educational contributions of the MIT community. As a result of subsequent discussions held with the faculty and relevant committees, this task force has been charged to take up this question.

The open access task force is co-chaired by Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Hal Abelson and Director of Libraries Chris Bourg, and is composed of a diverse and multi-disciplinary group of faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, task force members consulted widely with domain experts across campus and beyond to develop an understanding of current local, national, and global practices, policies, and possibilities. The task force is pleased to share a white paper, “Open Access at MIT and Beyond: A White Paper of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT's Research,” with the community (read online at

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The task force is in the process of developing a set of draft recommendations across a wide array of scholarly outputs, including journal articles, scholarly monographs, data, computer code, and educational materials, and will be gathering community feedback on those recommendations throughout the coming academic year. We invite MIT community members to offer their ideas of new, updated, or revised policies or practices that might further the Institute’s mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. Ideas can be submitted via the task force idea bank, via email to the task force, or at upcoming community forums (details forthcoming).

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