SHARE Update, July 2014

What’s New?

SHARE Engages International Initiatives

The research ecosystem is global. As SHARE’s project plans advance, SHARE leaders are eager to remain closely engaged with their international counterparts to ensure sufficient alignment in our development for interoperability with repository networks around the world. Playing a critical convening role in this area of international alignment is COAR, the Coalition of Open Access Repositories. COAR launched its Aligning Repository Networks strategic initiative in April 2014 with participation from SHARE. At the May joint meeting of OpenAIRE and COAR, ARL executive director Elliott Shore participated in a panel on “Aligning Infrastructures” to describe SHARE’s activities to date.

In July, Shore also presented on SHARE at the Jisc-CNI joint meeting in Bristol, UK. There is Jisc representation on SHARE’s working groups, and there is ongoing exchange of information around the development of the SHARE Notification Service, Jisc Monitor, and SHARE’s planned Registry.

Finally, SHARE participated in the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) US ReConnect14 in Washington, DC, in early June. CASRAI is an international standards development organization working on reducing administrative burden in scholarly research.

Technical Update

SHARE’s Center for Open Science (COS) team is pleased to report on the first month’s progress into the SHARE Notification Service project. Throughout June, the team began evaluation of content, API, and harvesting options from ClinicalTrials.gov, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SciTech, ImpactStory, CrossRef, the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central, and the Public Library of Science (PLOS). Development of initial code libraries and parsing of content began on ClincialTrials.gov, DOE SciTech, and ImpactStory. In addition to these initial content streams, the team built a scraping integration API called “scrapi,” which will be used to manage the incoming content from many sources.

Throughout July, the team is working to consume content from PLOS, Altmetric, CrossRef, arXiv, and various institutional repositories via the Open Archives Initiative’s Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). This period also involves some attention to conflict management using the open source library FuzzyWuzzy.

COS will provide a calendar of milestones in coming weeks. All work is being shared publicly in the Center for Open Science SHARE repository on GitHub.

What’s Next?

Developing the Next Layer of SHARE

SHARE’s long-term vision is a robust repository ecosystem that will inform key stakeholders in a timely, structured, and comprehensive manner when research release events occur.

As the SHARE Notification Service charges forward in its active development, the organizations behind SHARE (ARL, AAU, and APLU) are taking steps to flesh out this broader vision. We are currently developing a project plan for the second layer of SHARE—the SHARE Registry. The Notification Service is like the “acquisitions” arm of SHARE, pulling in all sorts of raw data about research release events. The Registry is akin to our “catalog,” responsible for reconciling and transforming this flow of events into a set of works, authors, institutions, and other entities represented by those events. The Notification Service is about raw data, while the Registry will process that raw data into related bundles—a preprint, a published article, and a data set that are all part of the same research project, for example.

The Registry will provide a publicly accessible API for queries. Access to the contents of the Registry is meant to primarily flow through this open API, allowing other systems to leverage the SHARE Registry. In this manner, the SHARE Registry aims to make it substantially easier for scholars, scientists, R&D companies, and other interested parties to discover, access, and reuse research outputs.

While plans for the SHARE Registry are in the early stages, we welcome your input.

SHARE Hits the Road

We are pleased to engage with the community at a number of upcoming forums to discuss SHARE. We hope to meet you, discuss our vision and progress, and get your input at the following events:

Learn More

There is a wealth of resources at your disposal to help you better comprehend and communicate the ins and outs of SHARE, including:

  • SHARE Knowledge Base—provides short, non-technical answers to key SHARE questions ranging from “Who is behind SHARE?” to “What is SHARE doing about data?” If you or someone on your campus has a practical or conceptual question about SHARE, the Knowledge Base is likely to have your answer.
  • EDUCAUSE Review article on SHARE—Tyler Walters and Judy Ruttenberg describe SHARE’s first project, the SHARE Notification Service, as well as the other three layers of SHARE that will be developed in tandem with the Notification Service: a distributed content and registry layer, a discovery layer, and a content-aggregation layer that moves beyond curation and discovery to facilitate data and text mining.
  • SHARE Notification Service Project Plan (PDF)—details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process.

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