The Force11 project (the Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship) describes itself as a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers, and research funders. Their vision could be considered ambitious in that they look to a future in which scientific information and scholarly communication more generally become part of a global, universal, and explicit network of knowledge.

Mark Ware, Vice President and Lead Analyst of Outsell, recently talked about the Force11 project in his post titled, “Listening to the Alpha Geeks – What Comes After the Article of the Future?” Open source is important to the Force11 project, and it is easy to see why. One of the greatest advantages in contributing to open source is the ability to collaborate with a diverse, enthusiastic community.

Melody K. Smith

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