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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Harvard students launch OA thesis repository

As part of the National Day of Action for OA, the students at Harvard College Free Culture have announced an OA Thesis Repository for undergraduate senior theses.  It will use CC licenses and start accepting deposits on March 1.

Comment.  Apart from the Harvard-Smithsonian digital video library, Harvard still doesn't have an institutional repository and it's time for it to launch one.  On the one hand, I applaud the students for refusing to wait for the larger institution to act.  But on the other, the student thesis repository will not, apparently, be OAI-compliant.  If Harvard launched a general OAI-compliant IR, it would help all its constituents.  Students could use a section of it, faculty would enlarge their already considerable audience and impact, and researchers worldwide would have access to Harvard's research output.