The end of the year is fast approaching, and we are pleased to announce that Force11 is going strong. We are looking forward to 2015 and the FORCE2015 conference January 12 - 13 at Oxford University. If you haven't registered yet for the FORCE2015 conference, the deadline is fast approaching. Come a day early and attend one of the pre-conference workshops on January 11.
It has been a good year for FORCE11. We are on a pace to reach 1000 community members by the end of the year. We have appreciated all the work and dedication of the FORCE11 Community that has led to considerable successes through initiatives like the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles, the Resource Identification Initiative and the Data Citation Implementation Working Group. We already have several new groups gearing up for 2015, so stay tuned.
Sustainability Plan - Comments Open
FORCE11, like any other organization needs funding to support our community activities. We have been grateful for support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to get us started, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for support over the last year. During this past summer, we convened a Sustainability Committee to develop models for long term sustainability of FORCE11. We are pleased to announce that the report and recommendations are now available for comment by the FORCE11 community. We are planning on exploring several of these models over the coming months, and would welcome any additional ideas, comments or volunteers.
As you will see from the report, we want to make sure that any funding mechanisms are true to the principles of FORCE11 and that they support the activities of our community. One of the modes recommended by the committee was for FORCE11 to serve a collaborator on grant applications by our members, where the particular skills and expertise of the FORCE11 community can be of service.
An example of this type of activity is the recently awarded US National Institutes of Health, Data Discovery Index Consortium, bioCADDIE, led by Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado of UCSD. bioCADDIE is charged with developing a specification and prototype for an NIH data discovery index that will facilitate finding, accessing, sharing, using and citing data. A group from FORCE11 is leading the community engagement arm of bioCADDIE, which will allow opportunities for FORCE11 members to provide feedback, work on task forces, apply for pilot projects and ensure that bioCADDIE aligns with and takes advantage of relevant efforts around the world. We will be arranging a bioCADDIE pre-meeting workshop at FORCE2015 on data citation. Please join the bioCADDIE FORCE11 community engagement working group or visit bioCADDIE.org to sign up for announcements.
It is a pleasure serving as your President and I am looking forward to many more exciting developments in the future.
Maryann Martone, Ph. D.