Introducing Front Matter

Front Matter offers software development and hosting for the scholarly community, and is providing some of these services directly to users.


The Front Matter Blog covers all aspects of Open Science, and is open to guest authors.

Open Science

The blog provides news, perspectives, feature articles and interviews around Open Science. Topics include research data, research software, preprints, open access, and open metrics.

Import from Blogs and Google Docs in beta testing

The Front Matter Blog can automatically generate blog posts from RSS feeds and Google Docs.

Persistent identifiers

All Front Matter posts are automatically registered with a Crossref DOI, including the ORCID IDs of all authors, the abstract, and the license in the metadata.

Discussion Forum

Front Matter uses the Open Source Discourse discussion forum to enable civilized discussions.

Blog Comments

Commenting and further discussion of Front Matter blog posts.

General Discussion

Enable discussions on any relevant Open Science topic.

Software Development

Front Matter offers software development contract work with a focus on invenioRDM, research data management, persistent identifiers, and metadata.

Custom Metadata

Help with adding support for domain-specific metadata, and mapping to other metadata standards.

Usage Stats and Citations

Help with tracking and showing citations and usage stats for datasets and other scholarly content.

Help with exposing metadata in landing pages via

Cloud Hosting

Front Matter helps with setting up and maintaining cloud infrastructure for scholarly services.

Public Cloud Providers

Help with running scholarly infrastructure with cloud providers Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Civo.


Help with setting up and maintaining a Kubernetes cluster.


Help with setting up and maintaining Terraform for managing cloud infrastructure.