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University of Edinburgh announced as host for the FORCE11 2019 conference on research communication in the digital age

(February 11, 2019) FORCE11 and the University of Edinburgh are pleased to announce that Edinburgh, Scotland and the historic Murrayfield Rugby Stadium will be host to the FORCE2019 annual meeting, October 15 to 17.

“We have a long and powerful tradition for challenging scholarly communication norms here in Edinburgh,” said Dominic Tate, Head of Library Research Support, Edinburgh University Library. “Going back as far as the first Repository Fringe meeting in 2008, we have served as a centre for dialogue around key issues. It’s our pleasure to this year invite the repository community and the world to join us for the FORCE2019 meeting – another gravitational centre for progress.”

The FORCE11 annual conference is a different kind of meeting, where stakeholders come together – or scrummage – for an open discussion, on an even playing field, to talk about changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. Researchers, publishers, librarians, computer scientists, informaticians, funders, educators, citizens, and others attend the FORCE11 meeting with a view to supporting the realisation of promising new ideas and identifying new potential collaborators.

FORCE11 Chairman Dan O’Donnell added: “FORCE2019 is an exciting opportunity to connect the worldwide community with the special energy and passion of our colleagues in Edinburgh, and the many interesting projects in Scotland – like the Digital Curation Centre and Edina. We thank the University of Edinburgh for partnering with us. We’re looking forward!”

FORCE2019 will be held October 16 and 17, 2019 at the BT Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, with pre-conference workshops at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel on October 15. Sponsorship opportunities are available:  

Details on the program and how to register will be made available later this year. To be kept up-to-date, join us on Slack, sign up to receive email alerts, or follow @force11rescomm on Twitter.


About the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and the largest university in Scotland.  The University’s Library has been a leader in scholarly communications and Open Access for 16 years, having adopted its first open access repository in 2003. The Library’s Research Support Team manages a range of services supporting researchers and students with publications, copyright and the management and curation of research datasets.  The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is an internationally recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management. The DCC provides expert advice and practical help to research organisations wanting to store, manage, protect and share digital research data.

About FORCE11

FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) 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. Visit for more information


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