Force11: The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship: Past, Present, and Inviting Input for the Future


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Force11 ( is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology which will also broaden to include, for example, the publication of software tools, research communication via social media channels, and sharing data and workflows in innovative ways. We see Force11 as a starting point for a community that we hope will grow and be augmented by individual and collective efforts by the participants and others. In our talk, we’ll briefly discuss the background, goals, and plans we have for Force11. After this overview, we  invite all participants to share ideas for future developments on which they would like FORCE11 to focus on.



Maryann Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in biological psychology and her Ph. D. in neuroscience in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience. She is the-principal investigator of the Neuroinformatics Framework project, a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience.  Her recent work has focused on building ontologies for neuroscience for data integration. She just completed her tenure as the US scientific representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), where she still heads to program on ontologies. Dr. Martone recently joined FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship, as Executive Director.

Anita de Waard is Disruptive Technologies Director at Elsevier Labs. She has a degree in experimental low-temperature physics from Leiden university, and worked at the Kapitza Institute in Moscow, before joining Elsevier as a physics publisher in 1988. Since 1997 she has worked on bridging the gap between science publishing and computational and information technologies, collaborating with different academic groups in Europe and the US. Her past work includes the application of Semantic Web technologies to scientific communication in the DOPE project, and the development of an Entity Identification database in the EU-funded OKKAM project. Other projects include co-organising a series of workshops with the goal of enunciating the key possibilities and main impediments to change scientific communications, including ‘Beyond the PDF’ and ‘FORCE11: The Future of Research Communications and E-Science’ From January 2006 onwards, de Waard has been working part-time as a researcher at the University of Utrecht on discourse analysis of biological text, with an emphasis on finding key rhetorical components that form a model of how biologists’ claims turn to facts.