FORCE2016 Micro-grant Report

ISB Micro-grant awarded to: Dr. Melissa Haendel  & Dr. Nicole Vasilevsky.
Affiliation: Oregon Health & Science University Library

The 2016 Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship conference (FORCE2016, was held from April 17-19 in Portland, Oregon. The conference aimed to host a trans-disciplinary summit and lively discussion around opportunities, challenges, and progress in advancing research scholarship through new technologies and practices. Force11 aims to bring about a positive change in scholarly communications through both the effective use of information technology and a deeper understanding of the nature of evolving scholarly practice.

The FORCE2106 conference included a variety of session formats including workshops, keynote talks, presentations and panel discussions, a hack-a-thon, demos, and poster sessions. The audience included a diverse group of participants including researchers across various disciplines, biocurators from Model Organism Databases and other databases, librarians, publishers, technologists, information scientists, funders, and administrators from academic and private institutions around the world. The keynote talks include speakers from Harvard, Indiana University at Bloomington, the Alan Alda Institute, and the US National Institutes of Health.

Highlights from FORCE2016:

The funds from this micro grant were used to sponsor the FORCE2016 conference by way of a best poster/demo award. The awards went to:

  • Centralizing content and distributing labor: a community model for curating the very long tail of microbial genomes. Authors: Timothy Putman, Sebastian Burgstaller-Muehlbacher, Andra Waagmeester, Chunlei Wu, Andrew I. Su, Benjamin M. Good.
  • Too big to share? Scaling up knowledge transfer workflows from little science to big science. Authors: Bernadette M. Randles, Ashley E. Sands, Christine L. Borgman.
  • Think global, act local: innovating nationally with the Italian ORCID hub. Authors: Michele Mennielli, Andrea Bollini, Josh Brown.

Slides from the conference are available in the FORCE2016 FigShare collection at

The video archives will be soon available on the FORCE2016 website.

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