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CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014

L E T T E R F R O M T H E E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R in 2013, but is picking up as more publishers complete the necessary adjustments to their workflows and begin to benefit by the service’s effectiveness in tracking and displaying post-publication changes and updates. CrossRef is now developing a recommended taxonomy for post-publication assertions that will provide publishers with a common terminology and promote best practices in their use of the service. In keeping with presenting CrossRef’s services in a more integrated way, we have created a new application programming interface (API) that consolidates the metadata search functions of a number of previous APIs. As CrossRef extends the range of metadata it collects, which now includes information on funding and licensing and to enable text and data mining, the queries submitted to the system are becoming more complex, going far beyond the original function of matching references with DOIs to create links. For funding agencies using this metadata to verify compliance with their publication policies, and for other stakeholders tapping it for other purposes, the new API will provide a single, convenient access point. Over the past year, the Open Access and Metadata Indicators Working Group of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), which I have co-chaired with Cameron Neylon of PLoS and Greg Tananbaum of ScholarNext, has worked to develop standardized access metadata for Open Access publications, which are disseminated through a variety of business models. The group has issued its Final Draft Recommendations, which include a simple free-to-read tag as well as more detailed licensing information. CrossRef continues to be involved in key industry initiatives. We are participating in both CHORUS (with representation on the Technical Working Group) and SHARE, and I continue to serve as Chair of the ORCID Board of Directors. We are working towards full integration of ORCID’s researcher and contributor ID service with the CrossRef system. We are also collaborating with DataCite, a DOI Registration Agency primarily involved in assigning DOIs to data for institutional and subject repositories, as well as with national libraries and data centers, to ensure seamless linking between journal articles and published datasets. CrossRef’s recent agreement with the California Digital Library (CDL), a founding member of the DataCite consortium, is an important step forward in the interoperability of DOI systems, connecting the EZID digital identifier service developed by CDL for its participating library publishers with the CrossRef system. With its membership representing the global spectrum of publishing, and with its involvement in organizations and initiatives at the forefront of emerging trends, CrossRef is very much at the center of things, a true hub of scholarly communications. Edward N. Pentz, Executive Director 4 C R O S S R E F A N N U A L R E P O R T . 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4


CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014
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