Open forums on Open Access

April 03, 2018

To the members of the MIT community,

Last year, in consultation with the Vice President for Research, the Chair of the Faculty, and the Director of the Libraries, the Provost appointed a new Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research. Composed of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff, the group is exploring ways in which current policies and practices might be updated or revised to further MIT’s mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In pursuing this work, the Task Force is seeking broad input from the MIT community, including faculty, staff, and students.  

I would like to invite you to attend one of two upcoming open forums to share your perspectives with the Task Force as they develop their recommendations.

Open Access to Publications
April 5, 10:30 am-12 pm, Building 37-212
Led by Professor Deborah Fitzgerald, Leverett Howell and William King Cutten Professor of the History of Technology

Open Access to Data
April 10, 10:30 am-12 pm, Building 37-212
Led by Eric von Hippel, T Wilson (1953) Professor in Management

You are also invited to share your thoughts through the Idea Bank on the Open Access Task Force website. More information about the work of the Task Force can be found at

Thank you, and we hope to see you at one of these upcoming forums.

Chris Bourg
Director of the Libraries