SHARE Update, November/December 2014

What’s New?

Summary of SHARE Stakeholder Meeting Now Online

As we reported in October, more than 60 SHARE working group members, Notification Service prototype participants, technical partners, and other interested parties gathered this fall 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.

A summary of the meeting and its takeaways (PDF) is now available online. The summary includes details from each session, as well as concrete next steps that SHARE plans to take as a consequence of the meeting.

Technical Update

Throughout the month of October, the Center for Open Science’s SHARE developers added several new sources of content for the Notification Service, including California Digital Library’s eScholarship, Carnegie Mellon University, and Trinity University. The team also completed a number of architecture, output, and schema changes designed to increase scalability, modularity, and maintainability.

The development team made a number of search improvements for the prototype SHARE exploration site, including refactoring basic search to accept Lucene-style queries, and adding documentation on how to make those queries. The team also added a full Elasticsearch API to allow access to overall SHARE data metrics.

Remembering Julia Blixrud

The SHARE team and the entire scholarly communication community mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Julia Blixrud. Julia, who served as the assistant executive director for scholarly communication at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), died on October 29, 2014, at the age of 59, after a decade-long fight with cancer.

Julia’s greatest professional legacy is likely her work dedicated to opening up access to information for all. Her personal legacy includes the effervescent energy and uncommon kindness that she generously gave to her family, friends, and colleagues with her enduring optimism, resilient character, and contagious smile. These personal and professional legacies are intertwined in many ways, perhaps illustrated most powerfully in an interview Julia gave to NBC News in 2004, discussing the importance of open access to information in the context of her own serious health challenges.

Julia served as a member of the SHARE steering group from its inception in early 2013 until her death. We are grateful for her insights, her collegiality, and her kind spirit.

What’s Next?

Coordinating International Infrastructure

Members of the SHARE team attended the CASRAI Canada ReConnect14 meeting in Ottawa this November. CASRAI brings together over 300 experts from over 140 organizations in 14 countries to consider how to identify, classify, and build bridges for shared research workflows. The meeting provided plenty of insight into the burdens of researchers and the vitality of the open access community trying to serve them.

CASRAI is also a cosponsor of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) effort to improve open access interoperability (OAIO). SHARE has participated in the first two working group calls, which also included representatives from OpenAIRE, Jisc, La Referencia, EuroCRIS, and more. This group has begun to identify use cases—including funding agencies and institutions trying to track research outputs—that have much in common with key SHARE use cases. SHARE hopes the guidelines developed by this international group will provide a framework for metadata guidelines that could help institutions enable SHARE use cases as well.

SHARE Registry Planning

In addition to presenting an update at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Membership Meeting this December in Washington, DC, SHARE will host a stakeholder conversation immediately after the CNI meeting to discuss plans for the SHARE Registry in greater detail. Feedback to the earlier draft proposal and from the SHARE Fall Meeting have inspired a revision of the Registry plan, which now envisions an effort more integrated with the Notification Service. SHARE has invited potential participants in the kind of reconciliation work the Registry represents to critique this evolving plan and help identify potential partnerships, technology, and funding opportunities. We expect this meeting to result in a revised Registry plan in early 2015.

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 addition TexShare, 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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