The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health strongly supports opening the wealth of knowledge produced by its faculty, students, and researchers to a global audience. With over 3,000 articles and many new electronic thesis and dissertations, this collection represents the diverse research conducted across a broad range of fields in public health.
This collection is offered through the Office for Scholarly Communication, which was formed in 2008 with a charge to the University Library from the Harvard Provost to spearhead campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship. With support from OSC, open-access policies are now in place in more than half of the Harvard schools. These policies were voted on by the faculty and grant an automatic license to Harvard for scholarly articles authored by faculty members.
Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) is the University-wide, open access repository used to house articles that fall under the faculty open access policies. Visitors to DASH can locate, read, and use up-to-the-minute scholarship from Harvard. DASH is crawled by search engines and indexes so a broad range of communities have the ability to discover materials in DASH. Faculty, or faculty assistants, have the ability to submit articles directly to DASH. Articles can also be emailed to OSC or faculty can request a student to help with the process.