Working groups

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.

Advisory groups

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.

Advisory group Facilitator Chair
Books Jennifer Kemp Emily Ayubi, APA
Similarity Check Madeleine Watson Edward Wates, Wiley
Crossmark Kirsty Meddings Helen Duriez, Royal Society
Funders Ginny Hendricks n/a
Event Data Madeleine Watson John Chodacki, California Digital Library

Advisory group guidelines

Some of the things we try to be aware of when accepting nominations or volunteers for advisory group members:

  1. A single organization shouldn’t be on more than three groups
  2. Subject balance - a relevant mix of different disciplines should be represented e.g. STEM, humanities
  3. Gender balance
  4. Organization size. Most of our members are in the ‘small’ FTE category
  5. Geographic balance. The international nature of Crossref’s membership should be reflected in the group
  6. Active participation according to the purpose of the group; really contributing to improving scholarly infrastructure
  7. Participants should not add colleagues to a meeting without prior discussion with the group’s facilitator
  8. Each participant must act according to what is best for the majority of our broad community, not for it’s individual organization’s needs

Working groups

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
Linked clinical trials Kirsty Meddings Daniel Shanahan, BioMed Central Active
Distributed usage logging Madeleine Watson Chris Shillum, Elsevier Active
Text and data mining Kirsty Meddings Not active
Standards Patricia Feeney Not active
Taxonomies Rachael Lammey Not active

Last Updated: 2017 August 10 by Ginny Hendricks

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