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April Ondis

A look back at LIVE16

Crossref LIVE16 opened with a Mashup Day on 1st November 2016 in London. Attendees from the scholarly communications world met to chat with Crossref team members in an open house atmosphere. The Crossref team put their latest projects on display and were met with questions, comments, and ideas from members and other metadata folks. Here’s what it looked like — you may recognize a few familiar faces.  Crossref LIVE16 in London LIVE16 continued with the Conference Day on 2nd November, a plenary session with invited speakers and presentations by the Crossref team.

Take this 4 minute survey if you’re a Crossref member who registers book content

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2016 October 12

In BooksReferences

This one is for the book publishers. If you are a Crossref member and register online or digital books with us, we would like to know how you handle reference lists. Do you include DOIs that link out to other books and articles in your reference lists? Please take our 4-minute survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3008801/f46898b8751c To thank you for taking the time to respond, we’ll enter you in a drawing to receive this book lovers’ “Bookworm” candle with apple fragrance, a delightful autumn accompaniment to your favorite digital edition.

Crossref’s Annual Meeting is now Crossref LIVE16

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2016 September 02

In Events

Everyone is invited to our free annual event this 1-2 November in London. (Register here)

In years past, only Crossref members typically attended the Crossref Annual Meeting. This year, we looked at the event with new eyes. We realized that we’d have even richer conversations, more creative energy, and the meeting would be even better for our members if we could rally the entire community together.  So we decided to re-develop our annual event from the ground-up. 

Logo for Crossref LIVE 16

The result is Crossref LIVE16, an event with a new format and a new focus on the entirety of the scholarly communications community.  We are opening doors for the whole community, welcoming publishers, librarians, researchers, funders, technology providers, and Crossref members alike. 

Beyond the DOI to richer metadata

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2016 June 15

In DOIsMetadata

****The act of registering a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for scholarly content is sometimes conflated with the notion of conferring a seal of approval or other mark of good quality upon a piece of content.  This is a fundamental misunderstanding.

A DOI is a tool, not a badge of honor.  

The presence of a Crossref DOI on content sends a signal that:

  1. The owner of the content would like to be formally cited if the content is used in a scholarly context.
  2. The owner of the content considers that it is worthy of being made persistent.

Beyond the DOI

For Crossref, a DOI is just one of several types of metadata we register, albeit an important one.  

Our memories of #SSP2016

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2016 June 08

In ConferenceMeetings

Last week a bunch of Crossref’s staff traveled to the 2016 Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.  After we returned en masse, all nine of us put our heads together to share some of our personal memories of the event.   

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Crossref’s Rosa and Susan at the Fun Walk/Run sponsored by High Wire. 5K before breakfast!

On Cybersecurity and the Scholarly World —“The session described the many and complicated security threats that IT systems face and how threat detection and defense is a constantly ongoing activity. Certainly system administrators are challenged with the technology issues that build firewalls, block intrusions and divert disruptive activity. But perhaps even more important are the social issues that must be managed to develop an informed user community that is immune to the less technical but probably more effective hacks like phishing for user passwords.”

Revived: Crossref Books Interest Group

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2016 February 24

In BooksPublishing

books_interest_group_3We’re reviving the Books Interest Group, and inviting new members!

After a hiatus, Crossref’s Books Interest Group is back.  We’re excited to announce that Emily Ayubi of the American Psychological Association has agreed to chair the group.

Watch Speaker Videos from the 2015 Annual Meeting

You might have missed it, but you haven’t missed out.  If you want to watch – or savor re-watching – the presentations from last week’s 2015 Crossref Annual Meeting, we’ve embedded each video below in chronological order. Sit back, relax, and take it all in (again) just as though you were in an air-conditioned ballroom at the Taj. Note: if your organization blocks Wistia videos, please whitelist these domains: *.wistia.com and fast.wistia.net.

Nov 9th - New Webinar: Crossref for Open Access Publishers

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2015 October 19

In Open AccessWebinars

_November 9 Crossref Webinar for Open Access PublishersRegister for our webinar to learn best practices for depositing metadata and ways to help with the dissemination and discoverability of OA content._

New Crossref services are being developed that have particular application to OA publishers. Did you know that our upcoming DOI Event Tracker service was inspired by a group of OASPA publishers asking if there was a way to centrally support the gathering of data that could be analyzed as altmetrics?

2015 Annual Meeting: Speakers Announced

April Ondis

April Ondis – 2015 October 13

In EventsMeetings

15th AnniversaryCurious about who will be speaking at Crossref’s Annual Meeting this year? We have a flock of scholarly communications talent gathering at the Taj Hotel in Boston from November 17-18, 2015.  In addition to our line-up of keynote speeches and technical workshops, we will be celebrating Crossref’s 15th Anniversary with a quindecennial fête on Wednesday evening, November 18th. There’s still time to register, so please join us!