Our Story


In 2009, Harvard University needed a faculty website solution but it faced two key challenges:

  1. Providing websites that were both tailored to academic-specific content needs and easy for faculty to maintain and edit themselves
  2. Reducing escalating web-development and IT support costs on campus

Harvard's Institute of Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS) stepped in to solve these problems by founding the OpenScholar research project. 

The OpenScholar development team created the OpenScholar software platform so that faculty, students, departments, centers, and projects could all benefit. 

Features of the software:

  • addresses almost every academic or research website use case
  • no programming knowledge or coding knowledge needed
  • custom themes all-but-eliminate the need for costly design work

OpenScholar websites look professional and are research-centric 'out-of-the-box'. 

In 2017, the OpenScholar research team lifted out of Harvard University and became OpenScholar LLC. Our company now offers the services that support the software outside of Harvard University for the first time. These services include: cloud hosting; system administration; end-user training; theming & design; and a 9am-5pm helpdesk. 

Now every university and research organization can leverage Harvard's development and benefit from OpenScholar in the same way Harvard has done.

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