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FORCE11 Blogs: Infrastructure Series

Welcome to the FORCE11 Blogs: Infrastructure Series!

Infrastructure is a word used a lot in the scholarly community, and for good reason. But what it actually means, how it works and how it affects research communications isn’t always clear, even to those of us that work with it every day. In fact, there really is no it to infrastructure--no single organization, technology or approach keeps things running. And sometimes it’s difficult to know what those things are. What is infrastructure and what’s What does it enable?

Over the course of 2020, we’ll explore these topics, including preservation, search, and the distribution of information on this blog, with an edited series of postings and interviews designed to shed light on what infrastructure is and what it means for these functions and systems to be dependent on each other, and us. It’s not a series for technology experts, it’s a series for everyone with a stake in how scholarly information is collected, distributed and used. 

Infrastructure Series: Updated List of Blog Posts


Let us know

Our series will be administered through a new FORCE11 working group and led by series editor, Jennifer Kemp.   We look forward to sharing insights and getting your feedback on the series and topics it covers. If you have a particular topic or question you’d like to see covered here, let us know. Here’s to a great 2020!


Jennifer Kemp

FORCE11 Member since August 19, 2019
  • Organization/Institution: Crossref
  • Twitter: @SaysJKemp


Jennifer Kemp is Head of Business Development at Crossref, where she works primarily with organizations that use Crossref metadata. She also co-chairs their Books Advisory Group and the Metadata 2020 Best Principles and Practices project. Prior to Crossref, she was most recently Senior Manager of Policy and External Relations, North America for Springer Nature, where she served previously as eBooks Product Manager and Library Marketing Team Manager. Her experience in scholarly publishing began with her work as a Publication Manager at HighWire Press, where she had a variety of nonprofit and commercial publisher clients. Jennifer's perspective on the industry remains influenced by her years as a librarian. Her career experiences have exposed her to the idiosyncrasies of publishing in the breadth of science and humanities disciplines and she still enjoys explaining to librarians what life is like on the 'other side.'