February 22, 2020

Milestones: CrossRef Turns 20 Years Old on Sunday

Happy Birthday CrossRef!!!

From a CrossRef Blog Post by Ed Pentz, CrossRef’s Executive Director:

Crossref becoming a legal entity was the result of developments over the previous few years and the DOI-X pilot in 1999. Moving quickly, the fledgling organization issued its first news release on February 2nd, 2000 – Crossref Update Journal Reference Linking Service Names Executive Director, Board of Directors, New Members, and a “Go Live” Timetable – announcing the appointment of an Executive Director (me!), that there were 22 members, and a plan for launching the system. From these beginnings, Crossref has grown into one of the most successful examples of sustainable scholarly infrastructure. This is due to the hard work and support of many people and organizations, and an organizational structure and governance and sustainability model that has proven very robust.

Learn Much More, Read the Complete Blog Post

A Look Back

Here’s the CrossRef homepage captured on May 10, 2000 (It’s the First Archived Version of CrossRef.org Found in The Wayback Machine). Click the link or image to access.

Another Page Archived on May 10, 2000 Features FAQs

Finally, two early news releases that are available via Wayback.

CrossRef Update: Journal Reference Linking Service Names Executive Director, Board of Directors, New Members, and a “Go Live” Timetable (From February 2, 2000; Captured on May 10, 2000)

Reference Linking Service to Aid Scientists Conducting Online Research (From November 16, 1999; Captured on May 10, 2000)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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