The Harvard Graduate School of Design Collection typifies the diversity of research engaged by the faculty and students represented in this collection. From city planning and urban design to environmental studies, the focus of these articles spans a range of interests related to architecture and design. By opening research through DASH, researchers at the School of Design commit to helping expand public understanding of their fields.
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.