SHARE Update, May 2015

What’s New?

SHARE Notify Beta Update

SHARE search page screenshot

SHARE search page

The SHARE development team had an eventful month preparing for, releasing, and responding to the launch of the SHARE Notify beta. We added eight new research metadata harvesters and fielded interest from a variety of new content providers.  We also attended PyCon 2015 in Montreal, Canada, where we presented a lighting talk on the current status of SHARE (see “SHARE on the Road” below).  During the hackathon after the main conference, we brought together Python community members to create four new metadata harvesters for SHARE, three of which are currently in production.

Several new metadata providers have signed up via the SHARE registration page and are currently in production, including CU Scholar, SHAREOK, and Zenodo (see “Learn More” section below for a complete list). The SHARE team has also been making several improvements on the technical back end, including expanded JSON schema validation for both normalized and raw documents, tests for all harvesters, and migration strategies for updating internal SHARE metadata.

As of May 15, SHARE Notify has processed more than 750,000 research release events from 38 content providers.  For more details, and to explore SHARE Notify content, visit the SHARE search page on the Open Science Framework.

SHARE on the Road

Indianapolis skyline

Indianapolis, image CC-BY-NC by MCC Indianapolis

April was a busy month for SHARE presentations. Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Jeff Spies of the Center for Open Science (COS) gave a SHARE project update to the spring Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in Seattle, Washington; Erin Braswell, lead SHARE developer at COS, presented a SHARE lightning talk at PyCon 2015 in Montreal; and Andrew Sallans of COS presented a SHARE overview at the annual meeting of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in Bethesda, Maryland. Finally, SHARE director Tyler Walters presented a briefing on SHARE to his colleagues at the spring ARL Membership Meeting in Berkeley, California.

Peeking ahead, look for Erin Braswell’s presentation on SHARE Notify and the Open Science Framework at Open Repositories 2015 on June 9 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

SHARE Highlighted by OCLC Research’s Evolving Scholarly Record Report

The Evolving Scholarly Record report cover

The Evolving Scholarly Record, by OCLC Research

OCLC Research recently interviewed Judy Ruttenberg, a member of the SHARE Operations Team, to supplement the report The Evolving Scholarly Record. The report presents a framework that describes the types of material the scholarly record potentially encompasses, as well as the various stakeholder roles associated with the creation, management, and use of the scholarly record. SHARE hopes to use this framework to lead discussions about “further embedding librarians in the research process” and about the kind of data SHARE should collect. In the interview, Ruttenberg said, “Librarians need to be more involved in the process of scholarship, not just collecting its output.” She noted, “We’ll need to continue to think of those links with new kinds of partners that can help the library community make this transformation…The stakeholder ecosystem supports these shifting roles, which I think is great.”

What’s Next?

SHARE’s Second Community Meeting

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

Dupont Circle, image CC-BY-NC by Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corp.

SHARE will convene SHARE Working Group members, SHARE Notify beta participants, technical partners, and other stakeholders on June 22–23, 2015, in Washington, DC, for the second SHARE Community Meeting. The event will include updates on SHARE Notify and the next phase of SHARE’s development, as well as results from a hackathon demonstrating promising ways in which the community can deploy SHARE Notify data. The bulk of the meeting will be devoted to a small number of breakout task groups, covering specific ways in which SHARE can be rolled out to, and used by, the research community. More details about the event will appear in future issues of the SHARE Update.

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:

  • Register for SHARE Notify—SHARE is pleased to welcome eight new data providers to SHARE Notify: Biodiversity Heritage Library OAI Repository, Calhoun: Institutional Archive of the Naval Postgraduate School, CaltechAUTHORS, Cogprints, CU Scholar University of Colorado Boulder, Scholars’ Bank University of Oregon, SHAREOK, and Zenodo. To include your organization’s publications, data, repository holdings, or other research in SHARE, visit the SHARE Notify registration page.
  • FAQ about SHARE Notify Beta—As people use the SHARE Notify beta, questions arise, which the SHARE team tries to address quickly. We are collecting those questions and answers in an FAQ. If you have wondered, for example, “How do I subscribe to SHARE notifications?” or “How do I filter my SHARE search results by institution?”, visit the FAQ for answers. Submit additional questions to
  • Flyer about SHARE—to help you spread the word about the growing SHARE data set and the opportunity to register for SHARE Notify. Please reproduce and distribute this flyer on your campus or at meetings you attend. The flyer is available as a color or black-and-white PDF and is designed to be printed as a single double-sided page.
  • 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


SHARE Notify 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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