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MIT’s OA Policy Related to #3 Ranking Among Top 200 Universities?

Ithaca, NY DSpace has its roots at MIT where in 2002 the software was released as a result of a collaboration between Hewlett Packard and MIT. Since then the application has been installed by more than 900 institutions around the world and is now part of the DuraSpace technology portfolio. The MIT Libraries continue to manage DSpace@MIT, a digital repository that captures, preserves, and shares MIT’s intellectual output with the world in support of MIT’s leading edge open access policy: “The Faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.”

A recent Intechweb aritcle, “MIT Makes All Faculty Publications Open Access”, suggests that MIT’s #3 ranking among the top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings may be related to both MIT’s OA policy and to the actual ability to access MIT’s research output on the Web through DSpace@MIT which now houses nearly 30,000 digital items. The article states that education should imply creation and points to new discoveries that are emerging because free and open access to MIT’s intellectual output exists through MIT Libraries.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings include “Use (of) 13 separate indicators designed to capture a broad range of activities, from teaching and research to knowledge transfer that are brought together into five categories:

Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the final ranking score)

Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)

Citations — research influence (worth 32.5 per cent)

Industry income — innovation (worth just 2.5 per cent)

International mix — staff and students (worth 5 per cent)