April 2019



In this issue, Lisa asks for expressions of interest in joining our board, Patricia calls for keen and experienced metadata fans to apply for her new metadata practitioners interest group; Ginny describes our new membership offering for research funders, and introduces Josh; Anna wants you to know that she will be giving mini metadata ‘health checks’ at SSP; and Isaac explains how we improved one of our reference-matching tools.

BTW if you don’t know these people, check out more about them and all our staff on the people page and the org chart

Are you for the Crossref board?

The Nominating Committee is seeking expressions of interest from Members who would like to serve on our board. We have five seats open: for 4 large members; and 1 small member. Our board oversees the governance and high-level finances of the organization while supporting the leadership team in pursuing our mission. Does this sound like something for you?

Read all the details in Lisa’s blog; the deadline is 21st May

Calling all metadata mavens

We want to know more about your metadata registration needs. We are planning to create a Metadata Practitioners Interest Group (or MPIG 🐷) to help guide our metadata planning as we expand and refine the metadata we collect. This group will advise us on potential metadata changes large and small, ranging from changing author roles to fully supporting new types of content. We have big plans for the future and want to make sure our community is contributing and on board with any changes we make. We’ll be kicking off a series of monthly calls soon.

If you’re interested in getting involved, want to share your thoughts on the metadata you register with us, or perhaps rename the group, please complete this brief survey.

Funders to join Crossref as members

Some time ago we announced our project to develop Grant IDs. The schema has been approved along with the membership and fee model, so research funders will soon be able to apply for membership to register grants and assign them a DOI - as soon as we add it to our deposit system. Grants include awards, use of facilities and equipment, and numerous other types of support for research. This week we welcome Josh Brown to the team, formerly of ORCID, who will work with us through December 2019 to help the program get off the ground and of course maintain links with related ORCID initiatives. 

Contact Josh with any questions about funder membership and Grant IDs

Querying for DOIs of references just got better

We have a simple but popular tool known as ‘simple text query’ which is used by over 20k people—lots of students and researchers—to cut and paste reference lists and retrieve matching DOIs. This week we upgraded it to use a new algorithm that Dominika built to return matched reference links. We also took the opportunity to enhance a few things based around some very emphatic feedback from these users - thank you! 

Read what’s changed and what’s remaining the same

Will we see you at #SSP2019 in San Diego?

We will have a stand again this year at the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 41st Annual Meeting in San Diego. Please stop by our stand 208A and say hello. Anna will be giving mini metadata ‘health checks’ using participation reports. See if you are registering the ten key elements that add context and richness to your metadata. Also on hand will be Rosa, Shayn, Jennifer, and Patrick who will be happy to answer your questions or hear about what you’ve been working on.

Come see us at stand 208A, May 30 and 31, during the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 41st Annual Meeting in San Diego

Want to meet up? This is where we'll be

May 8-10

Library Publishing Forum

May 21

JATS-Con 2019

May 29-31

SSP 41st Annual Meeting

June 1-2

CALJ Annual Conference 2019

June 2-4

InternationalConference on Electronic Publishing (ElPub) 2019

June 17-18

ARMA conference, 2019

June 19-21


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