Rebecca Kennison Named Visiting Program Officer for SHARE

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Rebecca Kennison

ARL has appointed Rebecca Kennison, Director of Columbia University Libraries’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, as a visiting program officer to help develop the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research articles and data sets associated with federal funding.

Kennison will work with lead consultant Greg Tananbaum and ARL program director Judy Ruttenberg to coordinate the efforts of four SHARE Working Groups: Technology and Standards; PI Workflow; Repositories; and Communications. Kennison’s main role will be to ensure cohesive communication and decision-making input within and among the working groups. In the coming months, she will also work on behalf of SHARE to engage the university, library, research, funding, technology, intellectual property, and publishing communities to develop the project roadmap. While many aspects of SHARE can be implemented now, its vision is ambitious and requires a thoughtful and inclusive implementation process.

For more details about Kennison’s background, see the Columbia University Libraries news release. For more information about the SHARE initiative, visit the SHARE webpage and follow SHARE on Twitter and Facebook.

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