July 2, 2013—Theses and dissertations from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) are now publicly available in the Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) repository, following GSAS’s recent move from paper to electronic submissions. These works are also indexed in HOLLIS, which includes a link to the record in DASH.
Ben Finio’s “Roll, Pitch and Yaw Torque Control for a Robotic Bee” is one such dissertation, now openly available in DASH. Finio received his PhD in engineering sciences from Harvard and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University. In a video produced by the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), Finio discusses his research and shares his thoughts on the importance of open access to scholarship.
Peter Suber, director of the OSC, notes, “We're delighted that most new doctoral dissertations from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are open access in DASH. We've now taken the next step of depositing their metadata in HOLLIS. This step makes the dissertations more visible and discoverable, and reflects our institutional view that accepted dissertations are significant works of public scholarship that deserve to be cataloged alongside other works of public scholarship. We're pleased with the results of this collaborative effort and look forward seeing how the Harvard and global communities make use of this access.”
DASH is a central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community. The purpose of DASH is to provide the broadest possible access to Harvard’s scholarship, with free, open, and immediate distribution to the world. It currently contains over 12,000 works that have been downloaded over 1.6 million times. The OSC operates the DASH repository.