Scholarly Commons Working Group

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Now available in the Zenodo community for the scholarly commons: slides and video of the December 8, 2017 call.


Are we ready to define the Scholarly Commons? As a community, we are exploring what is required for a scholarly communication ecosystem designed for 21st century scholarship. We call this ecosystem the Scholarly Commons. The scholarly commons 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 various FORCE11 workshops. These efforts helped us discover, catalog and map existing tools and technologies that empower individuals, communities and organizations around the world to participate in open scholarship.  We are now bringing these elements together to establish cohesive workflows that connect individual scholars to the new, open scholarship ecosystem that is rapidly emerging around us.

Help us reimagine scholarship and define the scholarly commons at and @scholrlycommons


  • We have 4 active subgroups. Everyone is encouraged to join these efforts!

  1. Self Critique:  To assess where we stand regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.

  2. Principles:  To produce a set of updated principles that define the commons based on the two workshops and the sets of charters issued by groups around the world.

  3. Decision trees:  Sets of actions that can or should be taken to produce commons-compliant research objects.

  4. Enabling technologies and infrastructures: Exploring supportive technologies and infrastructures that will enable the culture of the commons to flourish.




Steering Committee

Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University
Ian Bruno, CCDC
Robin Champieux, OHSU
Chris Chapman, Pentandra
Bastian Greshake, OpenSNP
Stephanie Hagstrom, UCSD
Nate Jacobs, UCLA

Bianca Kramer, Utrecht University
Maryann Martone, UCSD and Hypothesis
Fiona Murphy, Independent
Daniel O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge

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Funded by the The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program 

Working Group Participation


I wrote up a blog about a mini-version of the futures workshop this past summer.  The Future is a Happy Place.

This blog share a great vision for our future, a future with more visibility for all researchers...a future with more cognitive justice, like the ideal that we want Africa to reach with the help of Projet SOHA. And this vision is not a science-fiction but a reality which will be achieve through Force11. 

But for our workshops' purpose, I have 2 observations:

- We have to clarify or show the link between Commons (as we unterstand it) and the concepts of Commons as presented by the Nobel prize Elinor Ostrom in some of her books (Understanding Knowledge as a Commons & Governing the commons). But for me, there is a significant positive link..

- Is it possible to create a google doc where we can begin our workshop virtually, by working in a collaborative manner on our point of interest. 


Thank you

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and observations. We have been working on a Google doc to explore that very theme (among other things) for the purpose of understanding how to brand the Scholarly Commons. We invite you to read, comment, and contribute your thoughts to the discussion.


I am Paola De Castro, new in this group. I work at the National Institute of Health in Italy (Knowledge and Communication Service). I am engaged in different projects to improve science communication at a global level, including Europe, Africa and Latin America, and  I am Co-chair of the Gender Policy Committee of the European Association of Science Editors, producing the SAGER (Sex and Gender Equity in Research) guidelines. 

I am a member of Force 11 and had a preliminary contact with Cameron Neylon who recedntly endorsed the SAGER guidelines and suggested me to contact this group and introduce the concept of Gender Equity in Research, with the objective to contribute to research integrity and reduce waste.

You can read more about the guidelines and endorse them here

A short power point presentation is here

The full article explaining the rationale for the guidelines

Endorsement of SAGER Guidelines will be the first important  step to create awareness on gender equity in research that is often not considered in the right perspective. Yet, there are many other ways to contribute to this purpose and I really look forward to receive feedback  from this group.

Best wishes


I am Ron Margolis, ex of the NIH and BD2K, and am interested in how best to assign credit to all data producers at all levels of the research lifecycle. As open-FAIR-citable is the central tenet of the scholarly commons, apportioning credit is essential to fostering the Commons as a place for the use/reuse of digital objects and so ensure that new knowledge emerges.