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July 31 - August 4, 2017
University of California, San Diego


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FORCE11 Community Accomplishments Are Changing the Scholarly Landscape

The FORCE11 community members are doing a lot of things, and not all of those are visible to the whole membership. We want to thank you, all of those who have made FORCE11 what it is today – a world-class community on the forefront of the changes taking place in scholarly communication. 

You are a part of a diverse and exciting grassroots community quietly forging a path together, exploring common practices, developing ideas, and launching these ideas out to your broader communities.  Together we have created an incubator space where ideas turn into initiatives that produce change. FORCE11 members can be proud of the work that started in this community.  

If you find these items of value, remember, these were ideas you brought to the forefront and moved on to implementation. Be proud and support FORCE11 Our community is making a difference! Your donations help sustain the organization’s day-to-day operations.

FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI)

Don’t miss the first FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute July 31-August 4, 2017, at the University of California, San Diego. The committee has been working on finalizing the course schedule and will be posting to the website on Friday, April 14.   

As we all know, Scholarly Communications is in a disruptive phase at the moment, having gone through dramatic changes in the last decade. FORCE11 has been a key contributor to many of these changes. The institute is being designed by the FORCE11 Community to deliver curriculum that will give participants the tools they need to navigate in this new world. Courses will be offered for all levels, from absolute beginners to Scholarly Communications experts. The courses will be aimed at different audiences, including students, administrators, funders, and information professionals such as librarians and publishers.

We ask that all FORCE11 Community members help us get the word out to the different stakeholder groups you think will benefit from the institute. 

Registration and course outlines will be open in mid-April. Visit

Seeking Applications for the 2017-2018 Communications Fellowship Program

Application deadline: April 20, 2017
Application details:

FORCE11 is seeking applications from individuals who want to help develop and implement a communications strategy for the community. We are seeking candidates who wish to develop a deeper knowledge of Scholarly Communications as well as gain experience in social media and communications. Working on a small team, fellows will write news releases, blog posts, and announcements about FORCE11, its constituent organizations, and the broader community; monitor and update FORCE11’s social media presence; assist in maintaining its website; help to develop and implement FORCE11’s outreach strategy; and perform other communications-related tasks (details on website). Communications fellows should anticipate spending approximately 4 hours per week on the position (time may vary depending on the activities). The fellowship year is from May 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018.

Fellows will receive free registration, airfare, accommodations, and meals to attend the FORCE2017 Conference in Berlin October 25-27, 2017, or the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute in San Diego.

This fellowship program is well suited for – but not limited to – graduate students who wish to develop deeper knowledge of Scholarly Communications and gain experience in social media and communications.

For more information, please contact Osman Aldirdiri at

Interested in Mentoring Our New Communications Fellows? 

We are looking for a few FORCE11 members who have time once a month to mentor and guide our new Communications Fellows. The mentoring relationship would begin May 1, 2017 and end April 30, 2018.  Mentors would review the fellows’ activities, help manage timelines, and provide overall guidance. If you are interested in mentoring, please send an email to

Scholarly Commons Working Group to Launch New Website Soon

Keep an eye out for news from the Scholarly Commons Working Group this month!  The group will present at the Creative Commons summit in Toronto (April 28-30) and will also launch a new website to invite everyone from FORCE11 and beyond to actively engage with the process, principles and practical implementation of the Scholarly Commons.  
Can't wait?  Visit them here

FORCE2016 Challenge Winners: One-Year Progress Report

At the last FORCE Conference, JISC sponsored a Pitch it: Innovation Challenge session and asked conference participants to submit videos showing how to “make a real difference in research communications.” At the challenge deadline, 11 innovative projects had been submitted see submissions here.

The submitted videos were shown at a plenary session during the conference, and the audience voted on their top two choices. One year later, we checked in with each project to get an update. Here is what they said:

WINNER 1:  Radian Data Education and Advocacy Portal, Sara Mannheimer, Montana State University

Overview of the project: Radian is a community hub where open-data practitioners can share ideas, develop insights, and build connections. Radian will use the PressForward Wordpress plugin to allow community members to seamlessly nominate and annotate content for republication or indexing on the Radian site. This process harnesses the work of diverse communities of data practitioners who are already creating, bookmarking, curating, and promoting data-related content on the open web. The technology and the community surrounding Radian will promote discovery of open-data resources, and will add value to those resources by connecting related ideas and providing community assessment.

Where we are now: We’ve been working in two-week sprints, largely concentrating on refining our vision and building our editorial workflow. We are now moving into front-end design, community building, and outreach. We’re on schedule to launch at the end of August.

WINNER 2: Metrics Toolkit, Stacy Konkiel, Altmetric; Robin Champieux, Oregon Health Sciences University; and Heather Coates, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Overview of the project: The Metrics Toolkit is designed to promote the responsible use of research metrics by higher-education administration, promotion, and tenure committees; hiring committees; and individual faculty. We aim to achieve this by providing user-friendly information for a core group of citation-based metrics, altmetrics, and other commonly used indicators. Toolkit content is informed by both research and professional expertise. A print toolkit will also be distributed to stimulate conversation about aligning the use of metrics with institutional values.

Where we are now: We have developed draft content for the site and are shifting to site design and testing. The launch is scheduled for September 22, followed by further promotion and distribution of print toolkits.

Join a Newly Formed Group

Software Citation Implementation Working Group
The Software Citation Working Group presented the Software Citation Principles and is now ready to start a new group to move into the Implementation phase.  If you are interested in getting involved in this group, please log into the FORCE11 website and sign up for the group here.


Many funders are requiring data management plans in grant applications. FORCE11 has an opportunity to help coordinate the many efforts underway around the globe to provide tools and recommendations for creating these data management plans. In alignment with FORCE11's efforts to distill commons principles and best practices governing the production of research objects so that they are FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), we will start the FAIR DMP (Data Management Plan Principles) Working Group. If you are interested in getting involved in this group, please log into the FORCE11 website and sign up for the group here.

FORCE2017 Sponsorship Committee

This group will be responsible for fundraising for the upcoming FORCE2017 Conference. If you are interested in helping on this committee, please send an email to  
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