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Letter from the FORCE11 President -
Cameron Neylon

I'm excited to be writing to you for the first time as President. Last year we held the first community election for FORCE11 and brought four new elected members onto the board, Leslie Chan, Dave De Roure, Melissa Haendel and Laure Haak. FORCE11 started as a meeting and has grown into a community. We've got a lot to work on over the next year in making that community and its activities sustainable and I'm looking forward to that process.

I also want to thank the Board members who are stepping down whose work was crucial in bringing us to this point. Anita, Ivan, and Maryann have made enormous contributions over five years. Maryann particularly as Executive Director and then President deserves an enormous vote of thanks for steering FORCE11 from what was an idea to a fully functioning organisation with a wide range of activities. I hope I can continue that work as effectively.

The FORCE2016 Conference is coming up soon with an exciting and diverse, and also I hope challenging, program. How can we break out of the silos that so limit much of our research communications? I hope to see many of you there and to have new and continuing discussions. 

Our working groups and programs are also flourishing. You'll hear more about that at the conference and below so stay tuned. Working groups will be a big part of this year's activities. For me, the key to what makes FORCE11 unique is the way that it can act to nucleate and facilitate focussed and effective discussions – discussions that actually change things. I want to see how we can make that more effective as well as more open to the ideas and conversations that the community wants to have.

So please do get in touch with your ideas and thoughts. We want FORCE11 to be useful for you as a community and to build that community to be more inclusive and representative of all the players in research communications. I hope to see you in Portland in April to hear your ideas!

Contact the FORCE11 Board of Directors at

FORCE11 Active Working Groups

Annotating All Knowledge Working Group - Dan Whaley

This group supports the Annotating All Knowledge project, a coalition of some of the world’s key scholarly publishers, platforms, libraries, and technology organizations to create an open, interoperable annotation layer over content.

Attribution Working Group - Melissa Haendel, Karen Gutzman, Stacy Konkiel

This group focuses on provisioning attribution methods for people and organizations for any scholarly products, including publications, datasets, data standards, software, research resources, etc. The goal is to coordinate community efforts and pilot test implementations.

Data Citation Implementation Pilot (DCIP) - Tim Clark

Funded by the NIH BD2K bioCADDIE project, this group’s primary goal is to conduct a pilot project with publishers, repositories and identifier/metadata services, those who are early adopters of data citation according to the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (JDDCP).

FORCE11-RDA BioSharing - Susanna Sansone

This group will map the landscape of the community-developed standards and work on principles for linking information about databases, content standards and journal and funder policies in the life sciences.

Resource Identification Initiative - Anita Bandrowski

The initiative is a project designed to help researchers cite the key resources used to produce scientific findings reported in the biomedical literature using an RRID. To date over 100 publications are participating. 

Resource Identification Technical Specifications - Julie McMurray, John Deck

This group is a follow-on group to the Resource Identification Initiative. The goals are to develop a technical specification for expanding and enabling a robust, community-wide implementation of an identifier strategy for research resources.

Scholarly Commons - Maryann Martone

The Scholarly Commons group is collating and synthesizing the best thinking around the world about what is required for a scholarly communications ecosystem, called the Scholarly Commons, designed for 21st century scholarship. The goal is to articulate and operationalize a set of high level principles to govern the production and dissemination of scholarly works across disciplines and contexts.

Software Citation - Arfon Smith, Dan Katz, Kyle Niemeyer

The software citation working group will review existing initiatives working on software citation and will produce a set of principles, illustrated with working examples, and a plan for dissemination and distribution.

FORCE2016 Updates



Register for FORCE2016 today!  
The conference is nearly here and we don't want you to miss out on the exciting lineup of events.
Sign up to be part of the over 300 registered attendees!

Pitch It: Innovation $1.5K Challenge

Co-sponsored by FORCE11 and Jisc, this event offers all entrants the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas on knowledge creation and sharing for the scholarly communication lifecycle. Visit the event page to learn how you can enter!
The deadline to submit your idea is April 18, 2016.

Sunday Night Hackathons

Sign up and bring your laptop to an open session. Two rooms will be devoted to hackathon activities on topics such as "Hacking for credit: alternative ways for understanding the impact of scholarly communication" and "Mechanisms for finding, citing, and counting software in scholarly communication."

Posters & Demos

We received submissions for 79 posters and demos! You can check out the lineup here:
Monday, April 18th
Tuesday, April 19th

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops will be held on Sunday, April 17th at OHSU, followed by a tram reception and a viewing of the OHSU Historical Collections and Archives.
View the workshop schedule and sign up here.

FORCE2016 Sponsors

We're extremely grateful to our sponsors as the FORCE2016 conference is only made possible by their generous contributions. We would like to thank:
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Oregon Health & Science University
Microsoft Research
Taylor & Francis Group
Digital Science
River Valley Technologies


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