While MIT has received plenty of attention over the years for its effort to free up all course materials
a potentially equally as interesting move happened at Harvard yesterday, where Arts & Sciences faculty agreed to free up their research
. For many years, there's been a push by some to change
the process for publishing research. Typically, academic research would appear in journals that were incredibly expensive, potentially limiting the access to that research, even if the research was publicly funded. However, what this group of Harvard faculty have now done is agree that any research they publish will also be available for free online. As mentioned
recently, in an age where everyone is so focused on intellectual property, it suddenly makes things like teaching
appear to be mighty similar to what others call theft
. It's nice to see some universities starting to push back on that.