SHARE Update, April 2015

What’s New?

SHARE Notify Enters Beta

SHARE search page screenshot

SHARE search page

SHARE Notify has officially entered beta! We currently have more than 30 metadata providers and will continue to add more as news of SHARE spreads and interest in participating in the project grows. Highlights of the beta release include an API that anyone can use to access the growing stream of research events gathered by SHARE Notify, as well as a SHARE search page hosted on the Open Science Framework that allows for a quick dive into the contents of SHARE Notify. Users can create a custom Atom feed of research release events that will update nightly as new research events enter the system and are added to SHARE. We have also released a registration system for future providers to include their service in SHARE Notify either via a standardized format (e.g., OAI-PMH) or via a push-API endpoint for receiving pre-formatted data. To include your organization’s publications, data, repository holdings, or other research in SHARE Notify, please register as a SHARE provider.

We are looking forward to working with providers and users of the API, as well as receiving feedback about the service.

SHARE Website Launches

SHARE homepage screenshot

SHARE website

Change your bookmarks and links! SHARE has a new domain as well as a new look and feel at A WordPress site designed by Color Crate, hosts information about SHARE Notify and how to register as a provider, the team building SHARE and the community of stakeholders supporting it, and a knowledge base with more details about SHARE. Send your feedback on the site’s usability and content to

What’s Next?

SHARE’s Second Community Meeting to Convene in June in DC

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

Dupont Circle, image © Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corp.

A Meeting Planning Task Group is busy shaping the programming and attendance for the June 22–23, 2015, SHARE Community Meeting in Washington, DC. With the beta release of SHARE Notify in its third month by June, the meeting will provide a chance to gather feedback from key constituencies and firm up requirements for the full release of the Notify service in the fall, as well as strategies for engaging the broad higher education and research community in using and contributing to the SHARE data set.

Learn More

SHARE Knowledge Base screenshot

SHARE Knowledge Base

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.
  • SHARE Webinars—recordings and slides of three webinars presented in the fall and winter of 2014–15 by the SHARE team as part of the DuraSpace Hot Topics Webinar Series. The presentations cover the motivation behind SHARE, the progress of SHARE Notify, and SHARE’s future.
  • EDUCAUSE Review article on SHARE—Tyler Walters and Judy Ruttenberg describe SHARE’s first project, the SHARE Notification Service (now called SHARE Notify), 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 SHARE Notify 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 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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