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MIT Open Access Task Force

MIT Open Access Task Force

“The MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, chaired by Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Hal Abelson and Director of Libraries Chris Bourg, will lead an Institute-wide discussion of ways in which current MIT open access policies and practices might be updated or revised to further the Institute’s mission of disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.” – MIT News

See the full Charge to the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research.

Open Access Task Force membership


  • Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries


  • Peter Bebergal, Technology Licensing Officer, Technology Licensing Office
  • Robert Bond, Chief Technology Officer, Lincoln Laboratory
  • Herng Yi Cheng ’18, Department of Mathematics
  • Isaac Chuang, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning
  • Christopher Cummins, Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry
  • Deborah Fitzgerald, Leverett Howell and William King Cutten Professor of the History of Technology
  • Mark Jarzombek, Professor, Department of Architecture
  • Nick Lindsay, Journals Director, MIT Press
  • Tom Pollard, Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
  • Jack Reid G ’18, Technology & Policy and Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Karen Shirer, Director of Research Development, Office of the Provost
  • Bernhardt Trout, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Matthew Vander Heiden, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Eric von Hippel, T Wilson (1953) Professor in Management
  • Jay Wilcoxson, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

Staff to the committee: Ellen Finnie, Head, Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy, Libraries