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CrossRef Announces Developments
Ed Pentz, executive director of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org), has announced a number of important developments for the collaborative reference linking service, including new staff, new members, and a data center. Pentz said that CrossRef has established a state-of-the-art, dedicated data center at Exodus Communications, a provider of Internet hosting. The new data center will be fully operational by the end of this month. CrossRef, which went live in May, has been functioning until now from member publishers' servers.
CrossRef, which was formed last year by a number of leading scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishers, offers the scientific and scholarly community the ability to click on a reference citation in a journal and immediately access the cited article. CrossRef functions as a sort of digital switchboard. It holds no full-text content, but rather effects linkages through Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers, which are tagged to article metadata supplied by the participating publishers.
CrossRef is run from a central facility operated by Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA), and utilizes the DOI to ensure permanent links. Its board of directors includes representatives from AAAS (Science), Academic Press (Harcourt), AIP, ACM, Blackwell Science, Elsevier Science, IEEE, Kluwer, Nature, OUP, Springer, and Wiley.
Pentz said, "I am also pleased to announce that Mark Kosinski has joined CrossRef as the director of technology. His appointment ensures that CrossRef will be providing a 24/7 Internet system for its members and making significant improvements to the system going forward." Kosinski will manage the CrossRef Data Center, oversee the upgrading and improvement of CrossRef's system and software, and serve as a technical resource for CrossRef members. He was previously an IT manager at Nextel Communications.
Pentz reported that there are now over 50 publishers participating in CrossRef, accounting for over 3,100 journals with more than 2 million article records in the database. In the near future, CrossRef will begin incorporating other reference content such as encyclopedias, textbooks, conference proceedings, and other relevant literature.
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