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 but both are open to non-members and members alike. We’ve also listed a few ‘interest groups’ and these are the least formal, like community calls, where participants can be involved ad hoc and participate sporadically.
We have advisory groups for established services or ongoing themes 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. These groups tend to be permanent and long-term.
|Similarity Check||Kirsty Meddings||Anne Coghill, American Chemical Society|
|Event Data||Bryan Vickery||John Chodacki, California Digital Library|
Working groups are more short-term than advisory groups and are set up for a specific task or ad-hoc purpose. They are usually set up to discuss and scope a specific idea, or oversee prototypes and pilots that could develop into new features. 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.
|Conferences PID group||Patricia Feeney||Aliaksandr Birukou, Springer Nature||Active|
|Distributed usage logging||Kirsty Meddings||Chris Shillum, Elsevier||Active|
|Linked clinical trials||Kirsty Meddings||Daniel Shanahan, BioMed Central||Not active|
Interest groups are more like community discussion forums with fairly low commitment needed from participants, where a large group of people meet to discuss a range of issues and can bring any topic under the theme to Crossref. They are the least formal of all our groups and vary in call frequency and scope.
|Books Interest Group||Jennifer Kemp||Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan Press|
|Metadata Practitioner Interest Group||Patricia Feeney||n/a|
The Funder Advisory Group was originally formed to help with the development of our funding data and Funder Registry capabilities. As those services matured, the group re-convened in 2017 to discuss ways in which funders can take advantage of Crossref’s infrastructure to register grant metadata and engage more officially by becoming members. Grants working groups Throughout 2018 the Funder Advisory Group broke temporarily into two working groups: one looking at membership models for funders, and the other exploring a new schema for grant metadata.
The Books Interest 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 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 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 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.
The Metadata Practitioners Interest Group advises Crossref on publishing needs and trends as they impact Crossref metadata. We want our metadata to be compatible, complete, credible, and curated. Our metadata comes from our members, and development efforts need to be community-led. We are currently working on: Updating the Crossref metadata schema Identifying metadata weak spots Redefining preprints Working with JATS and JATS4R Just like working and advisory groups, the interest group is open to all members of the Crossref community, members and users alike.
This group aims to establish a persistent identifier (PID) system and registry for scholarly conferences. PIDS enable creation of a persistent metadata record about a conference and, when applied to published proceedings, enables more efficient decision making for researchers, libraries, publishers, funding and evaluation bodies. Longer term, it also helps to identify fraudulent and/or low-quality conferences. This group initially intended to research PIDs for Conferences and projects, but has limited the scope to Conferences for the first phase.