Force11 Future of Scholarship Workshop 26-27feb


I’ll be on Force11 Future of Scholarship Workshop in 26-27 February in Madrid.

I’m posting here some info available about the event from

FORCE11 Groups Scholarly Commons Working Group

The digital age is seeing an informal convergence within the scholarly communication space: the Natural and Health Sciences, the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, applied and professional fields are all discovering that they have more in common when it comes to the future of research communication than differences. What is needed now is a program that will help us realize the potential of this merger: the development of a “Scholarly Commons.”

This program is designed to define and incubate this Commons. We will conduct a series of workshops and exercises to examine the best thinking around the world about what is required for a scholarly communications ecosystem designed for 21st century scholarship. We call this ecosystem the Scholarly Commons. It is not a single platform or tool, but rather the principles, best practices, interfaces and standards that should govern the multidirectional flow of scholarly objects through all phases of the research process from conception to dissemination. The project continues the work of the Commons working group to define what is common across communities and builds upon communications and proposals made at FORCE2015. It will extend this work by hosting a set of workshops dedicated to reimagining scholarship, discovering, cataloging and mapping the elements we have available now, and producing a set of materials that will empower individuals, communities and organizations around the world who want to bring this vision into reality.


Articulate a set of high level principles and practical guidelines for the Scholarly Commons that can be endorsed by individuals and organizations around the globe. This program will focus on assessing the degree of convergence of thinking around these issues across communities and stakeholders, mapping current efforts against this thinking, and developing the materials necessary to promote future activity in this space. Implementation and dissemination of the commons itself (as opposed to material necessary to promote its establishment) are out of scope of this working group and will be considered in follow on activities.


Workshop 1: The first workshop will be organized to build off the 1K challenge idea proposed by Dr. Sarah Callaghan at FORCE2015: What would research communication look like after a clean start? A common theme that emerges from FORCE meetings is that many of our ideas for reforming scholarly communications spring from 350 years of tradition around scientific dissemination. As shown by the discussion on credit systems at FORCE2015, we often don’t question the basic assumptions behind our current systems which are often simply electronic implementations of old practices that pre-date networks and machine-based access to information. We propose a workshop where we re-imagine scholarly communication starting from scratch in the 21st century as a system that was explicitly designed for machine-based access and networked scholarship, and not simply adapted from the old system.

Group Leader
Maryann Martone

Steering Committee

Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University
Ian Bruno, CCDC
Amy Buckland, University of Chicago
Sarah Callaghan, STFC
Robin Champieux, OHSU
Chris Chapman, Pentandra
Stephanie Hagstrom, UCSD
Bianca Kramer, Utrecht University
Maryann Martone, UCSD and Hypothesis
Daniel O’Donnell, University of Lethbridge
Group Email:

FORCE11 Groups Madrid Workshop

Defining the Scholarly Commons: Reimagining Research Communication

February 26-27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain

This workshop brings together thought leaders and new voices across disciplines and countries, in a nice environment and lively format to rethink scholarly communication from scratch. Today’s dominant modes and models of scholarly communication stem from 350 years of tradition around scholarly and scientific dissemination through printed materials. As has been often noted, current forms of electronic communications recapitulate these practices and perpetuate the reward systems built around them. Too often, scholars are unaware of the origins of current practices and accept the status quo because “that’s how it’s done.”

But what if we could start over? What if 350 years ago, we had computers, an internet, search engines and social media? How would we be acting as scholars to communicate our research and put it to maximum use? What would consumers of this scholarship expect? To what extent is the promise of new modes of communication enabled by 21st century technology fostered or held back by these traditions? We hope to answer these questions during the workshop by gathering together people passionate about this topic and giving them the space to work together. Through this exercise, we will begin defining principles that should govern the production, dissemination and flow of scholarly objects within what we are calling the “Scholarly Commons”.

Workshop Program

We are starting 2016 in a time warp where scholars around the world and across all disciplines are given a blank check to increase the impact of their work and receive appropriate credit for what they do. Their only constraint is to use the tools and technology available to us today. Consider who and what needs to consume your research and scholarship and assume that your sole motivation is to add to the world’s knowledge and solve some of the world’s problems.

Participation – Attendee List

Workshop attendance is by invitation only; registration is available online through a private registration form. Airfare and travel related expenses will be reimbursed for all invited workshop attendees. If you need to make alternative arrangements or have any questions, please contact

For this workshop we are gathering 50 people from across the globe. In inviting attendees, we aimed for balance between thought leaders, early career researchers and new voices across disciplines and countries. We believe that in order to be relevant and impactful, multiple communities and perspectives must inform the vision we’ll be presenting. The visualizations below show the distribution of current invitees across various demographic characteristics.

We acknowledge we have a high representation of participants from North America and Western Europe. This partly reflects the size of research communities in these regions, but also the fact that this project has a US funder and a largely North American/Western European organizing committee, with the accompanying bias in our networks, and the difficulty in reaching people from some countries/regions.

We will share the workshop process and outcomes during and after the Madrid event to stimulate discussions (perhaps even by having people use the workshop format locally) and solicit feedback on the outcomes. We hope many people will be able to join the discussion in this way.


The workshop will take place in the Hotel Emperador located on the world-famous Madrid Gran Via. Built in the 1940s, Hotel Emperador is one of Madrid’s great historic hotels that offers a bridge between past and present – ideally suited to the workshop theme. Accommodations will be made for all attendees by the planning committee. Coffee, light breakfast, and lunch will be served at the hotel on both days.

Hotel Emperador is located at Gran Via, 53, 28013 Madrid, Spain.

Draft Agenda updated 4 February 2016

Thursday 25 February
19:00 – 22:00 Reception and Dinner at Hotel Emperador

Friday 26 February
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome, warm-up activities
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1: Diverge and inventorize I
(Goal: Populate the landscape/model with scattered ideas/requirements/stakeholders/roles/formats/principles/items)
11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Session 2: Diverge and inventorize II
(Goal: Populate the landscape/model with scattered ideas/requirements/stakeholders/roles/formats/principles/items)
12:30 – 12:45 Wrap up
12:45 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 Session 3: Towards a draft/map I: Give it body !
(Goal: Order/group/fill these elements)
15:15 – 16:15

Session 4: Towards a draft/map II: Make the connections !
Goal: Define links between elements
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee / tea break
16:45 – 17:45 Session 5: Towards a draft/map III: Pimp it !
Goal: Make what we have as acceptable/beautiful as possible
17:45 – 18:00 Wrap-up
18:00 – 19:45 Free time
19:45 – 21:00 Museum visit and dinner

Saturday 27 February
09:00 – 10:30

Session 6: In broad daylight
Goal: Make what we have more robust by looking at stakeholder roles
10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30

Session 7: Roads to get there
Goal: View what we have as a process rather than end result
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 Workshop wrap-up and what’s next


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