SHARE Update, August 2014

What’s New?

Support Grows for SHARE Initiative

SHARE is a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs. We are pleased that a wide array of stakeholders, including the following organizations, endorse these goals.

If you would like to add your organization to this list, please e-mail share@arl.org.

Notification Service Development Continues

The Center for Open Science (COS) team has developed the initial code extensions to consume data from ClinicalTrials.gov, Department of Energy’s (DOE) SciTech, DigitalCommons@WayneState, National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) PubMed, Public Library of Science (PLOS), University of California (UC) eScholarship, and VTechWorks. The team has also created a document outlining the process of writing such extensions so that eventually others will be able to contribute similar extensions for consuming data from new sources. Work continues on arXiv (using ResourceSync) and DataONE harvests, among others.

The GitHub repository for SHARE includes pointers to these extensions, an issues section where the community can ask and respond to questions, and a wiki where COS will continue to document the evolving notification service.

What’s Next?

SHARE Engages with US Federal Agencies

This month has seen the release of the first federal agency public access plan in response to the 2013 White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) directive. As you likely know, this policy memorandum directed federal agencies with more than $100 million in R&D expenditures to (1) develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication; and (2) require researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. More information on the plans that have been unveiled may be found on the ARL website.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) plan is an important marker in the push for greater openness. While the DOE plan does not promote immediate access and full reuse, it puts into action the principle that federally funded research should be made more readily available to researchers, taxpayers, and other interested parties.

Although SHARE is not explicitly a response to the OSTP directive, high-profile initiatives such as this directive have created a new and timely opportunity for the higher education community to better structure its strategies and systems for managing both data and publications. Independent of how federal agencies choose to operationalize implementation of the OSTP directive, the higher education community is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in the good stewardship of research.

SHARE aims to work with federal agencies and other funders to enable the inventory, preservation, accessibility, and reuse of research outputs. To that end, we are pleased to be collaborating with the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information on the SHARE Notification Service prototype. We look forward to engaging other federal agencies as we move into beta.

Learn More

As always, 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.
  • SHARE on GitHub—Technical developments pertaining to the SHARE Notification Service are discussed and tracked in real time via GitHub. The SHARE GitHub site includes a list of active notification sources and consumers, as well as information regarding prototypes, APIs, and other key issues. The site is open and welcomes public input.

Acknowledgments

The SHARE Notification Service is being developed with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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