The name CREOS is meant to evoke the Latin “Creo” which is to produce, generate, or make, and also the Spanish word “Creo”, which is “I believe.” We believe in a vision of equitable and open scholarship, and we aspire to produce scholarship that will accelerate that vision.
Advance knowledge in service of equitable and open scholarship.
Equitable and open scholarship has the power to accelerate the pace of discovery and create a more robust and comprehensive knowledge base for human understanding, insight, and quality of life. The goal is to make research in every field more equitably and openly available to all who could benefit from it or contribute to it by conducting and supporting original research and sharing it openly.
CREOS itself consists of a small team that conducts and supports basic research and it is also a collaboration of institutional partnerships, interested faculty, visiting researchers, scholarly communication enthusiasts, and financial supporters who are willing to invest in research with a shared vision. The audience for the research includes anyone who is influencing the future of scholarly communication.
Chris Bourg, PhD, is the director of libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press, and is the founding director of CREOS. Previously, Bourg held leadership positions in the Stanford University Libraries, and taught leadership and sociology as a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is co-chair of the MIT task force on Open Access to MIT Research, and is a member of the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, the SocArxiv Steering Committee, and the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library.
Micah Altman, PhD, is the Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries. Previously Altman served as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, and at Harvard University as the associate director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, archival director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and senior research scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
Sue Kriegsman is the deputy director for the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries. Prior to joining MIT she was at Harvard University in a a variety of roles including as the associate director for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, program manager for the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication where she launched the Harvard Library Lab. Kriegsman was also the project manager for the Harvard-Google Book Digitization Project.
CREOS Postdoctoral Associates
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded a cohort of three postdocs for academic years 2021-2023. The postdocs are jointly appointed in the MIT Libraries through CREOS and in three academic departments at MIT.
CREOS External Advisory Committee
The advisory committee will provide expertise and advice to help shape the research direction of CREOS, help identify potential funders and partners to support and extend the center’s work, and provide feedback on the center’s direction, project ideas, and priorities.
Current funders for CREOS include The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Past funders include CLIR/DLF, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, IMLS, and others.