August 2021 newsletter


Hello, is it quiet where you are?

We’re trying to enjoy a supposedly quieter time in Crossrefland while lots of us are on vacation. However, we have not seen the usual slow-down in members joining, queries reducing, nor any initiatives taking a break. In this newsletter, we announce step 1 of our adoption of ROR, a major step forward in improving our REST API code, and several additional organizations join us in outlining plans to meet the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI).

Some rip-RORing news for affiliation metadata

We are excited to announce that we've added the ability to include affiliation information using Research Organization Registry (ROR) identifiers to our input schema. ROR is a collaborative initiative between like-minded foundational infrastructure organizations that is set to solve the researcher affiliation problem in an open and sustainable way. Including support for ROR in Crossref metadata will help everyone in the scholarly ecosystem make critical connections more easily. 

Read Ginny's blog on the plan

Join a Crossref/ROR webinar on September 29 at 3 pm UTC to find out more

Behind the scenes of the REST API

We have long planned to improve the performance of our REST API and July and August saw this become a reality. We moved it from Solr to Elasticsearch and from a data center to the cloud. We first transitioned our ‘public’ pool (anonymous users) in late July, followed by the ‘polite’ (identifying users), and just in the last few days, ‘plus’ users (subscribing users receiving higher service levels) were moved over too. Monitoring shows that the API is already at greater capacity and performing much better. This extensive process has un-blocked a two-year code freeze and we look forward to future developments including metadata retrieval for Grants, ROR, and other strategic initiatives.

Read Patrick’s announcement about the REST API improvements and upcoming plans

POSI update

Last December, our board voted to adopt the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI). POSI sets out 16 practical checks to ensure sustainability, governance, and insurance for foundational infrastructure organizations. Since then a number of other initiatives have been planning their paths to POSI and several have now posted self-assessments online. Along with Crossref, these organizations have formally adopted the principles and committed to demonstrating evidence of following POSI in practice and routinely. Follow links to the Dryad, ROR, JOSS, OurResearch, OpenCitations, and DataCite self-assessments on the POSI website

Did you see our 2025 strategy?

Our new strategy through 2025 extends the one we published in 2018 with two additional strategic goals: bolstering our team; and living up to POSI. Our six goals encompass people and culture, strengthening community relationships, improving our metadata, updating our code-base, and delivering the tools that the community wants while incentivizing people to meet best practices. 

crossref six goals

Ginny details our strategy through 2025

2021 Slate for upcoming board elections

Our Nominating Committee finalized the slate for our upcoming board election. We're fortunate to have such a fantastic group of people interested in helping guide Crossref along the road ahead. Candidate statements are available for you to read ahead of voting, which will open at the end of September when members’ voting contacts will receive a unique link via email, so please watch out for that. 

Learn more about the slate through their candidate statements

Crossref Conversations: audio blog about helping open science

Crossref Conversations is an audio blog we’re trying out that will cover various topics important to our community. This conversation is between colleagues Anna Tolwinska and Rosa Morais Clark, discussing how we can make research happen faster, with fewer hurdles, and how Crossref can help. Our members have been asking us how Crossref can support open science, and we have a few insights to share. So we invite you to have a listen. 

Listen to Anna and Rosa talk about how Crossref can help open science

You’ll find us online at...

Sep 6-10

The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication

Sep 8

Korean Council of Science Editors 10th anniversary conference

Sep 15

STI 2021 Conference

Sep 20-24

Peer Review Week 2021

Sep 21

OASPA conference 2021

Sep 29

Working with ROR as a Crossref member: what you need to know

Oct 5-7

Beilstein Open Science Symposium 2021

Oct 6-7

ARMA Annual Conference 2021

Oct 6-7

SSP New Directions Seminar

Oct 11-14

ISMTE 2021 Global Virtual Event

Oct 26

Educause Annual Conference 2021



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