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Pre-conference workshops

Modified: Thu, 26 May 2022 13:51:06 +0000
Published: 26 May 2022

Workshop registration is now closed. Confirmed participants for the FORCE2019 meeting can see their workshop bookings here: 

Pre-conference workshops for #FORCE2019 will be held Tuesday, October 15th at the Grosvenor Edinburgh Hotel, also our accommodation venue.

Workshops are described below.

MORNING 9:00 – 12:30pm

Citations needed: Wikidata and the scholarly publishing ecosystem (Bedford room)

Since Wikidata’s launch in 2012 as an open, collaboratively edited knowledge base, it’s held great promise for the library and scholarly communication community more broadly. Institutions and individual information professionals turned Wikidatans are using Wikidata to build a community-owned infrastructure for the bibliographic ecosystem, including open source tools that generate profiles of scholars, organizations, and publications. This workshop will introduce participants to Wikidata and its linked data infrastructure, including opportunities for hands-on editing and an overview of tools that facilitate data contribution and use. Participants will leave prepared to connect with existing Wikidata initiatives, and with entry points to launch their own.

Working with "ROR" data (Clarendon room)

ROR (Research Organization Registry) is a community-led project to develop an open, sustainable, usable, and unique identifier for every research organization in the world. ROR is a collaborative effort by four organizations—California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, and Digital Science—in conjunction with a growing group of stakeholders across the scholarly communication landscape, including librarians, data repositories, publishers, funders, metadata experts, and platform providers. The scope of ROR is the affiliation use case—to unambiguously identify which organizations are affiliated with which research outputs. In this way, ROR specifically aims to fill a gap in the scholarly community ecosystem: the lack of open, community-governed-infrastructure for research organization identifiers and associated metadata that can uniquely identify research outputs and connect them to the institutions where research is produced. We believe that institutions and libraries should not have to pay to collect and access information about what and where their researchers are publishing.

The ROR MVR (minimum viable registry) launched in January 2019 and approximately 95K organizations around the world now have unique ROR IDs. ROR IDs are interoperable with other identifiers like GRID, Crossref Funder ID, and Wikidata. What can we do with all of this open data? The ROR project team is looking to the broader community for ideas about integrations, use cases, and add-on services which will help connect research, researchers, institutions, outputs, funding and data. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the free, open ROR API and OpenRefine reconciler and work in small groups to generate ideas and kick off mini projects focusing on using and implementing the ROR dataset to get useful information about research outputs and affiliations.

Research Software Hackathon (Palmerston room) (This is an all-day event)

Because modern research relies on software, it is now a cross-cutting concern in research for multiple reasons, including communication, reproducibility, open science/open scholarship, and citation/credit. “Making software a first-class citizen in the scholarly world” is a one-day hackathon bringing together a large group of stakeholders who are actively working to improve the status of  research software in the scholarly environment. We will discuss a variety of different approaches to make software identifiable, citable, reusable, and reproducible, and make progress toward a common understanding of the issues and toward a shared set of guidelines. During the hackathon there will be  a few presentations about research software challenges and institutional solutions. The activities will be organised around 2-4 segments from the following list, depending on the interests of the participants:

  • Identifiers for software
  • Granularity of identification
  • Correspondence between different identifier schemas
  • Hacking the software citation graph
  • Exploring synergies
  • Metadata interoperability
  • Metadata mapping (CodeMeta)
  • Connections with WikiData 
  • Data quality
  • Guidelines and checklists
  • Moderation process
  • Supporting reproducibility
  • Policies and incentives
  • Institutions
  • Evaluation committees
  • National research bodies
  • Learned societies
  • Publishers

These activities will be carried out in parallel tracks, or sequentially, depending on the number of participants. The results of each activity will be summarised at the end of the day during a brainstorming and conclusions session. We invite researchers, librarians, Wikipedians, digital curators, professional societies, publishers, archives, indices, funders, institutions, and more generally all persons interested in software as a research artifact to participate.


LUNCH 12:30 – 1:30pm (provided)


AFTERNOON 1:30 – 5:00pm

Open scholarship and collective action – introducing the OS Framework (Clarendon room)

(the full program for this workshop is available here)

The workshop ‘Open Scholarship and Collective Action – introducing the OS Framework’, organised by Knowledge Exchange (KE) will explain the KE OS Framework, highlighting the most significant outcomes of four recent KE activities and how they fit in the Framework: ‘The Economy of Open Scholarship and the need for Collective Action’, ‘Insights in the Economy of Open Scholarship’, ‘The Openness Profile’ and ‘Practices, drivers and impediments in the use of preprints’. Following the introduction participants will engage in group discussions applying the OS Framework structure to analyse specific ambitions and objectives formulated in Plan S and FAIR data efforts, and will exploit/challenge the Framework itself. Participants will experience the potential of the OS Framework while addressing real-world Open Scholarship challenges; discussions will increase understanding of the challenges for Open Scholarship and how collective action approaches can help, as well as inspire KE to do further work in Open Scholarship.

Exploring the Metadata 2020 outputs (Bedford room)

Metadata 2020 was established in 2017 with a bold mission to facilitate the collaboration of all involved in scholarly communications to consistently improve metadata to enhance discoverability, encourage new services, and create efficiencies, with the ultimate goal of accelerating scholarly research for the benefit of society. As we approach 2020, the many outputs of the project are taking shape. During this workshop we will share several of the project’s key outputs that answer important scholarly metadata questions that affect discovery and access to resources. During interactive exercises, participants will explore how we apply these findings to create innovation, impact and incentives for metadata to ultimately realize their promise. Metadata 2020 outputs include:

  • Metadata principles – what does it mean to have “richer metadata”?
  • The metadata personas – who are the key players that will follow the principles to ensure the benefits?
  • Metadata literature review – How are academics thinking about metadata and characterizing its effectiveness?
  • Metadata best practices – what are the practices that are in use today?
  • Metadata concepts, terms & schema – We often use different terms for the same scholarly metadata concepts. Where is there overlap and how do existing schema map to one another?

Research Software Hackathon (continued)


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