Happy Birthday CrossRef!!!
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.
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.