One of our guiding principles is to uphold broad and fair representation from our members, large and small, and from all around the world.
Advisory and working groups help us to stay focused and inclusive. We also have more formal committees that have a role specified in the by-laws or that are set up by the board with a particular remit.
Advisory groups and working groups are a good way for people to get involved in the Crossref community and to support and improve our scholarly infrastructure services. They are slightly different as described below.
We have advisory groups for established services or content types to get input and advice from our members and other stakeholders. Each advisory group has a statement of purpose and should represent our broad membership. Each group has a chair and staff facilitator who together set agendas, organize calls, and ensure that the group fulfills its purpose. Each group has an email list and meets regularly via conference call, although the frequency varies by group.
|Books||Jennifer Kemp||Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan Press|
|Similarity Check||Christine Buske||Anne Coghill, American Chemical Society|
|Crossmark||Kirsty Meddings||Helen Duriez, Royal Society|
|Event Data||Christine Buske||John Chodacki, California Digital Library|
Some of the things we try to be aware of when accepting nominations or volunteers for advisory group members:
Working groups are less formal than advisory groups and are set up for a variety of purposes. They are usually set up to discuss new topics, scope a specific idea or oversee prototypes and pilots that could develop into new services. Working groups can also be set up jointly with other organizations to enable us to collaborate on projects.
Working groups don’t always have a Chair but they bring stakeholders together. A working group either disbands when finished its work or can become an advisory group if and when the board approves the idea or prototype as a production service, feature or content type.
|Working group||Staff facilitator||Chair||Active/Not active|
|Project PID group||Geoffrey Bilder||Aliaksandr Birukou, Springer Nature||Active|
|Linked clinical trials||Kirsty Meddings||Daniel Shanahan, BioMed Central||Active|
|Distributed usage logging||Christine Buske||Chris Shillum, Elsevier||Active|
|Text and data mining||Kirsty Meddings||Not active|
|Standards||Patricia Feeney||Not active|
|Taxonomies||Rachael Lammey||Not active|
The Funder Advisory Group was originally formed to help with the development of our funding data and Funder Registry capabilities. As those services have matured, the group has re-convened to discuss ways in which funders can take advantage of Crossref’s infrastructure to register grant metadata and engage more officially by becoming members. Throughout 2018 the Funder Advisory met in two sub-groups: one looking at membership models for funders, and the other exploring a new schema for grant metadata.
The purpose of the Similarity Check Advisory Group is to provide Crossref with policy and technical advice on changes and improvements to the Crossref Similarity Check service. The group is comprised of Crossref members, all of whom are active users of Similarity Check. The Similarity Check Advisory Group is lead by a Chair and a Crossref Facilitator, who together help to develop meeting agendas, lead discussions and outline group actions in an effort to help drive service improvements.
The Books Advisory Group serves as a resource for Crossref and its participants to surface, discuss and make progress on metadata and workflow issues unique to book publishers. The group comprises Crossref members and nonmembers, and is led by a Chair and Crossref staff facilitators. What we’re working on In 2019, the group is focused on: Reviewing book and chapter types in our metadata schema, as well as books representation in JSON outputs.
The Crossmark Advisory Group’s role is to provide Crossref with policy and technical advice on changes and developments to Crossmark. The group is comprised of Crossref members who have implemented or are planning to implement Crossmark on their publications, and is lead by a Chair and Crossref staff facilitator. Group members Chair: Helen Duriez, The Royal Society Facilitator: Kirsty Meddings, Crossref Christopher McMahon, AIP Emily-Sue Sloane, AIP Theo Bloom, BMJ Keith Waters, CUP Egbert van Wezenbeek, Elsevier Omer Gazit, F1000 Research Michael Evans, F1000 Research Peter Strickland, IUCr Joseph Brown, PLOS Rob O’Donnell, Rockefeller University Press Michael Waters, Springer David Burgoyne, T&F Nicholas Everitt, T&F Edward Wates, Wiley How the group works (and the guidelines) Members commit to attend all meetings by conference call, and may choose to send a named proxy if they are not available.
Distributed Usage Logging collaboration The Distributed Usage Logging working group is the community group driving the Distributed Usage Logging project, a planned initiative between COUNTER, Crossref members, and scholarly technology & service providers. This group is exploring how to provide a peer-to-peer channel for the secure exchange and processing of COUNTER-compliant private usage records from hosting platforms to publishers. This will allow members to capture usage across a distributed environment.
The purpose of the Event Data Advisory Group is to provide Crossref with policy and technical advice regarding developments, changes and improvements to the Crossref Event Data service. The group is comprised of both our members as well as non-members (third party platforms and organizations) who are interested in consuming our Event Data records for their own use case. Group Members Chair: John Chodacki, California Digital Library Facilitator: Christine Buske, Crossref
The purpose of this advisory group is to advise on linked clinical trials and support staff. The group comprises Crossref members and non-members, and is lead by a Chair and Crossref staff facilitator. Group members Chair: Daniel Shanahan, BioMed Central Facilitator: Kirsty Meddings, Crossref How the group works (and the guidelines) Members commit to attend all meetings by conference call, and may choose to send a named proxy if they are not available.
This group aims to establish a persistent identifier (PID) system and registry for scholarly conferences. Once the metadata standards for conferences and conference series are defined, the group will also deal with providing a standardized description of conference peer review processes. The use of PIDs helps one to record metadata about the conferences and, when applied to published proceedings, enable more efficient decision making for researchers, libraries, publishers, funding and evaluation bodies.