arXiv Executive director Eleonora Presani to Step Down

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"With gratitude and sadness, we announce that arXiv’s executive director Dr. Eleonora Presani is stepping down, effective December 3, 2021. arXiv’s leadership team — Jim Entwood, Helen Wang, Alison Fromme, and Martin Lessmeister, along with Scientific Director Steinn Sigurdsson — will continue to direct arXiv’s operations....

Dr. Presani joined arXiv as the organization’s first executive director in its 30 year history. Just as New York City entered lockdown due to the pandemic, Dr. Presani brought energy and vision to the team, and, throughout her tenure, led major initiatives in technical improvements, funding stability, interoperability, and the author and moderator experience. Under her direction, arXiv responded quickly to the pandemic and brought on a new moderator to address the influx of COVID papers. Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the team updated the LaTeX compilation engine, and added user-friendly error reporting to ease the submission process for authors. Collaboration was encouraged with the launch of arXivLabs, which resulted in the integration of new community-developed features. Internally, the team developed a new system to encourage effective moderator collaboration, and also improved author communication with a new support platform. arXiv also introduced a new brand identity and logo, launched a new funding and member model that is on track to increase revenue, and garnered more than $600,000 USD in new donations.


With arXiv staff and advisory boards, Dr. Presani also laid the groundwork for the next year of work at arXiv, which focuses on technical stability, tools for effective moderation, financial sustainability, and interoperability. The arXiv leadership team has embraced this plan and is prepared to move forward with it throughout 2022...."


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Date tagged:

12/02/2021, 11:44

Date published:

12/02/2021, 10:09