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FORCE11 announces new board members for 2021

FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) has announced new members to join its governing board in January. Individuals from five countries will help the FORCE11 membership adapt and respond to emerging issues in scholarly communication and maintain the momentum toward open research.

FORCE11 is a cross-sector member organisation representing academic institutions and scholars, publishers, infrastructure providers, research funders and other stakeholders dedicated to changing modern scholarly communication through the effective use of information technology. FORCE11 members work individually and collectively to develop solutions that improve knowledge creation and sharing.

Incoming board members have expressed commitments to helping FORCE11 maintain strong connections between content creators, curators and preservationists; expand the globalisation of our focus and serve as a hub for the worldwide community; keep up pressure on opening research practices; and accelerate our realisation of a more efficient, effective and inclusive future for scholarly communication.

Joining the governing board for three-year terms beginning in 2021 are:

“The nominations this year were extraordinarily strong, and we’re so grateful to all the members who put themselves forward for election,” says Violeta Ilik, FORCE11 Co-chair and Dean of Libraries at Adelphi University (USA). “The membership has had its say. With their expertise in information standards, infrastructure, protocols and data, equity in access, and so much more, our new board members will help FORCE11 to take on the challenges of our changing world.”

New members join FORCE11’s current board, which includes Mandy Taha, Stephanie Hagstrom, Osman Aldirdiri, Martin Brennan, Gimena del Rio Riande, Miho Funamori, Simon Worthington, John Chodacki (Co-chair), and Violeta Ilik (Co-chair).

Departing from the board this month are Jennifer Gibson (2018-2020), Bianca Kramer (2018-2020), Euan Adie (2018-2020), Leslie Chan (2015-2020), and Daniel O’Donnell (2014-2020). 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and membership I want to extend our deep thanks to each of the outgoing members this year,” says John Chodacki, FORCE11 Co-chair and Director of the University of California Curation Center. “Their unique perspectives and extensive experience in scholarly communication have been a boon to FORCE11 and we’re so grateful they shared those with us. They have also contributed countless hours of their time, which have been key to the successes of the annual meeting, scholarly communication institute, and working groups. We’d like to thank Dan O’Donnell in particular for his long commitment to FORCE11 and his leadership as Vice-President and President, from 2014 to 2019.” 

For information about incoming, current, and past Board members, visit 

All FORCE11 members may put themselves forward for election. The final slate put forward to the membership for voting is decided by the nominating committee, which this year included John Chodacki, Stephanie Hagstrom, Violeta Ilik, Mandy Taha and Gimena del Rio Riande. For more information about the election procedures, visit  

For more information about FORCE11, contact


About FORCE11

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. FORCE11 has grown from a small group of like-minded individuals into an open movement with clearly identified stakeholders associated with emerging technologies, policies, funding mechanisms and business models. FORCE11 is online at  


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