SHARE Update, October 2014

What’s New?

SHARE Convenes First Stakeholder Meeting

More than 60 SHARE working group members, Notification Service prototype participants, technical partners, and other interested parties gathered earlier this month for a two-day in-person meeting. The event offered an opportunity for stakeholders to confer face to face for the first time; to take a deeper look at the Notification Service prototype; to discuss the challenges and opportunities as SHARE moves to its next phase of development; and to help refine the story SHARE has to tell to as its rollout expands.

The meeting featured a diverse mix of activities, including presentations, brainstorming sessions, guided discussions, and panel Q&A’s. A summary of the meeting and its takeaways is in process—more details to come in next month’s newsletter. In the meantime, see the Storified tweets about the SHARE meeting.

SHARE would like to thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their generous financial support in convening this meeting.

Notification Service Development Continues

Throughout the month of September, the SHARE team added nine new content providers to the Notification Service. These new providers of metadata about research release events include: California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Cloud State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University–San Marcos, and University of Washington. See all current SHARE content providers listed in the GitHub repository under Code/Harvester Projects.

Beyond adding new content providers, the SHARE team spent significant time planning for expansion of the architecture to increase scalability, modularity, and maintainability. The team also updated existing data consumer libraries for increased recoverability, fault tolerance, and to better support distributed processing.

What’s Next?

Tyler Walters Appointed SHARE Director

SHARE has entered a new stage of its development with the October appointment of Tyler Walters, dean of university libraries at Virginia Tech, as SHARE founding director. Walters has been involved integrally in SHARE since its inception, serving as co-chair of the SHARE steering group for the past year. The directorship is a two-year term appointment, during which Walters will continue to serve as dean of libraries at Virginia Tech.

As director, Walters will lead a small operations team in developing SHARE services to improve the infrastructure, workflows, and policies necessary to expand research impact. He also will serve on the SHARE Advisory Board’s Executive Committee, which is chaired by the ARL executive director and includes representatives from AAU and APLU. Read the full announcement of Tyler Walters’s appointment.

Walters was recently interviewed by Library Journal.  The interview covers SHARE’s origins and mission; the initiative’s current status and planned development; potential metrics; the roles of ARL, AAU, and APLU; SHARE’s relationship to CHORUS; challenges SHARE faces; and the outlook for buy-in on the part of potential users and researchers.

Upcoming SHARE Presentations

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:

In addition, SHARE will be the focus of a three-part DuraSpace Hot Topics Webinar Series beginning November 13. Registration opens October 27.

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.
  • Supporting Organizations — 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 recent additions Portico and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), endorse these goals. If you would like to add your organization to this list, please e-mail


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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