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Crossref future direction - Ed Pentz - London LIVE 2017


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Presentation by Ed Pentz at Crossref London LIVE, 26th September 2017.

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Crossref future direction - Ed Pentz - London LIVE 2017

  1. 1. Crossref: future direction London LIVE17, 26 September 2017 Ed Pentz Executive Director @epentz
  2. 2. Best Practice References, Abstracts ORCID iDs Funding, licenses Crossmark: corrections & retractions DOI Display
  3. 3. doi:10.5468/ogs.2016.59.1.1
  4. 4. Strategic Scenario Planning
  5. 5. Distinctive Competencies • What an organization does better than anyone else that also is not easily replicated
  6. 6. Reputation as Trusted, Neutral One-Stop Resource • Crossref has developed a transparent and trusted relationship within the scholarly communication community. They are considered a one-stop resource for those working within scholarly communication. As the scholarly communication space and community continues to evolve, how can Crossref most effectively invest in and apply this reputation in service of improved scholarly communication?
  7. 7. Manage Scholarly Communication Infrastructure through Technical Knowledge and Innovation • By “developing and running a scholarly infrastructure that enables scholarly content to be cited, linked and assessed,” Crossref has developed a distinctive competency around managing the scholarly communication infrastructure by expertly applying technical and innovative skills to what are a wide range of problems and opportunities for improvement.
  8. 8. Convene and Facilitate Scholarly Communication Community Collaboration • With its trusted and neutral reputation, Crossref is uniquely positioned to be the convener and facilitator for critical areas that require collaboration across the publishing and scholarly communication community.
  9. 9. Critical Uncertainties •Scholarly Communications Landscape - financing •Geopolitical Stability and Stance •Cybersecurity •Tracking and Privacy •Publisher Sustainability •Policy and Regulation
  10. 10. Critical uncertainties •Source of Prestige, Recognition •Rise of preprint and new content sources •Machine Learning and AI •Quality and Accuracy of Content •Impact of Open •Rise of the Citizen Scientist
  11. 11. Core Strategies
  12. 12. Expanding constituency and services • Crossref must expand its constituency and the services its offer to grow in relevance. Through this strategy, Crossref can insure the organization is representative of an increasingly diverse set of producers and consumers of scholarly communication and content. • Funders, small publishers, new service providers, researchers, citizen science.
  13. 13. Strategic collaboration and partnering • The primary focus of this strategy is to continue collaborating with existing organizations on metadata and identifiers and focus on expanding existing infrastructure and organizations rather than creating things from scratch. New services should focus on establishing relationships between scholarly research objects, researchers and institutions via metadata and identifiers • Collaboration around metadata and services could lead longer term to the consolidating of various organizations in the scholarly communication and identifier space…this strategy can be accomplished through strategic partnerships on the merger and consolidation of the metadata itself.
  14. 14. Enabling Strategies
  15. 15. Radically simplifying our services • Crossref’s existing and future offering must be increasingly easy to access and use by an expanding pool of users with varying levels of skill in metadata access, use, deposit, and extraction. A significant capital investment is required to radically simplify Crossref’s services and offerings. In the end, however, Crossref will save on costs. New skills and capabilities associated with simplification and front-end development will needed to be employed.
  16. 16. Tracking provenance and relationships with metadata • Provenance tracking requires trusted content and metadata, which Crossref has already achieved. This strategy builds on the work already underway within Crossref with Crossmark and relationships, to allow provenance to be tracked within metadata
  17. 17. Building Quality Control and Validation of Metadata • Crossref is enhancing quality control and validation of metadata when it is registered. This strategy needs to expand that activity as content is registered earlier and earlier in the research and publishing process. Publishers are looking to reduce costs, gain efficiency in workflows and to build in house capabilities in new technologies and AI.
  18. 18. Implementing Open Source across scholarly communication • Some parts of the publisher workflow could be commoditized and standardized around Open Source systems and allow publishers to focus investments in areas that add value to scholarly communication in new and innovative ways. Crossref can use its neutrality and convening capability to get key stakeholders to address Open Source, which is collectively beneficial to the full scholarly publishing industry and scholarly communication more broadly.
  19. 19. Discussion 1. React to the critical uncertainties and strategic priorities
 2. Is your own organization recognizing similar trends?
 3. What other opportunities could you see Crossref taking on?
 4. What keeps you up at night?
  20. 20. Thank you for joining us today
  21. 21. Outputs to Outcomes • The is a world in which funders are the major purchasers of publishing driven by unstable geopolitics and protectionism. With funders driving the agenda, the focus turns to research outcomes and metrics and impact factors associated with research work.
  22. 22. Oligopolization • This is a scenario in which the scholarly communication landscape is consolidating and publisher sustainability is in question, leading to the privatization of publishing by large and influential private players such as Amazon and Google. The majority of publishing is published on a few mega platforms controlled by oligarchs and billionaire private funders. Research is primarily funded by private sources and foundations with significant influence.
  23. 23. Rise of the Machines • This is a world in which publishers are looking to save costs. They are focused on where they can bring value. They focus on brand prestige and quality. To succeed in this world Crossref needs to move into the space of AI enabled, interoperability, and publishing workflow to save research time and publisher costs. The scholarly space is open, seamless, connected, and is poised to disintermediate publishing, linking, and identifiers.
  24. 24. Beyond the Death Spiral • This is a world in which publishing is in place, but has less dominance. With the rise of pre-prints and other new content sources and the entrants of machine learning, publishing transforms dramatically and is being processed by an increasingly new and diverse set of players in an ever- expanding array of content formats and types. The industry will continue to consolidate as there will be less money in the market. Machine learning replaces curated data, quality evaluation and traditional peer review.
  25. 25. Dawn of Democratization • This is a scenario on the democratization of research; where citizen scientists, researchers, research groups, consultancies, and hyper new outlets emerge and transform the scholarly communication space into a broader public space of understand and knowledge development. In this scenario, data is expanding very quickly, but navigating the many sources and types of content from highly informal forms to traditional publications in increasingly difficult.