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This penultimate conference blog post is a hearty round of applause and congratulations for those who made it happen. And as a community-led conference, the attendees are a big part of the event’s success. Thanks to all 1,364 you for joining us at FORCE2021: Joining Forces to Advance the Future of Research Communications!

I also want to lift up for acknowledgement the months-long work of the Organizing Committee that planned the conference and the fast-paced, around-the-clock dedication of the Program Committee that made it happen! From my vantage point as a small part of these committees, I hope you found them as helpful, creative, and passionate as I did. 

The success of these teams owes a special debt of gratitude to three people who went above and beyond to make it possible: Osman Aldiriri for his leadership throughout the entire process, John Chodacki for outstanding contributions to the planning process, and Emma Ganley for exceptionally thoughtful and energetic omnipresence.

The conference is also grateful to our sponsors: ICSTI, EIFL, ASAPbio, Global Young Academy, Sage Bionetworks, Software Sustainability Institute, AGU, IFMSA, Open Knowledge Maps, COAR, DOAJ and more!

Applause is also due to the recipients of the Open Publishing Awards, presented by the Coko Foundation. Congratulations to all award recipients! 

Open Model: Zotero

Open Data: Open Citations

Open Source: Stencila

Open Content

Creative Commons was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

“This year turning 20, Creative Commons is established as a central, universally respected non-profit organization that creates and manages Open licenses for digital artifacts. While a big barrier to lifelong learning can be the cost and access to resources, and initiatives such as Open Access aim to change this, it remains important for people and organizations to know how to use their resources legally. The CC projects have been crucial for us to overcome legal obstacles to the sharing of knowledge and creativity.

Creative Commons licenses and its public domain tools give every person and organization in the world a free, simple, and standardized way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensure proper attribution; and allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works.

The impact of CC in open access over the years has been enormous, so we’d like to celebrate this project today, and express our gratitude for the impact it has brought in the past decades.”

Many conference materials have been posted to Zenodo and recorded sessions will be hosted soon on YouTube. You are welcome to continue to engage and network through Slack and Sched. Stay tuned for a final conference blog post from me next week, summarizing details of how to engage with the content, organizations, working groups, and ideas post-event.

Jennifer Miller for the FORCE2021 Organizing Committee

A Round of Applause for FORCE2021 by Jennifer Miller for FORCE2021 Organizing Committee is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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