Letter from the Chair

CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014

In a year of high-profile CrossRef activity, including the strong uptake of FundRef, involvement in CHORUS and SHARE, and the recent launch of CrossRef Text and Data Mining, there has also been exceptional work done in delivering on the core infrastructure and in building membership. The new implementation of multiple resolution for books is a vital improvement for a market that has been characterized by a proliferation of standards and platforms. There are now more than 5,000 publishers and societies from over 100 countries participating in CrossRef, with 57 percent of the publishers not-for-profit, all indicators of the organization’s broad reach. LETTER FROM THE CHAIR Ian Bannerman, Chair, Board of Directors The success of CrossRef derives in no small part from the quality and continuity of the staff. Executive Director Ed Pentz and his senior team have been together for many years now, and all have grown with the organ ization. As they have gained experience, their skills have increased and their networks have expanded tremendously, now encompassing not only publishers of all sizes and shapes but also libraries, funding agencies, and startup businesses that require DOIs to fuel their infrastructures. In an environment in which rapid change is the norm, the staff is as always supported by the guidance of the Board of Directors, which over the past year has addressed strategic issues on several fronts. With CrossRef’s ongoing growth and the expansion of its offerings and the constituencies they serve, it had become clear that the CrossRef brand and its message needed to be communicated in a more focused and coherent way. The resulting branding initiative has yielded a set of recommendations that will help to clarify CrossRef’s role as the hub of scholarly communications going forward. The research conducted as part of the branding initiative revealed that while there has been significant confusion about exactly what CrossRef does, there is a very high level of trust in CrossRef among our communities of interest. It is similarly worth noting that CHORUS, a publisher-driven response to Open Access, and SHARE, a primarily library-driven response to Open Access, are both tapping CrossRef’s funding metadata to enable their reporting tools. Long established as a center of collaborative innovation, CrossRef has fostered a culture of openness and neutrality that has been crucial to its success in serving an ever widening spectrum of stakeholders. 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 5


CrossRef Annual Report 2013/2014
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