What is DASH?

By , July 5, 2011 12:17 pm

by Erin Hoffrance

DASH stands for Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard.  It is described as “A central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community.”

A search in DASH for the term “lawyer” generated 235 results.  The results are easy-to-read and when you click on an article title you get a good amount of basic data such as the title, author, citation, abstract, terms of use, link to the full text, other sources, and a citable persistent link.

Library Technology Guides quotes Professor Robert Darnton, “DASH is meant to promote openness in general… It will make the current scholarship of Harvard’s faculty freely available everywhere in the world, just as the digitization of the books in Harvard’s library will make learning accumulated since 1638 accessible worldwide. Taken together, these and other projects represent a commitment by Harvard to share its intellectual wealth.”

It really is a huge resource of scholarship available to all with Internet access.  It is a tool that I hope other schools will look at and take note.  Stuart M. Shieber, who helped construct DASH policy, talks about how he sees DASH evolving, “Our long-term growth strategy for DASH is to integrate it so fully into other faculty tools that self-archiving just becomes second nature… Ultimately, DASH aims to provide as comprehensive and open a view of Harvard research as possible.”

I do not know how often this will come in handy for me but it is another resource in the toolbox!

One Response to “What is DASH?”

  1. Brenna Louzin says:

    This is a very interesting new resource. I tested it using some concepts from a recent reference question and received relevant and useful results. Thanks for opening this door for us, Erin.

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