SHARE Update, July 2015

What’s New?

Recap of SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

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

SHARE was pleased to host 60 stakeholders—representing libraries, research offices, funding agencies, publishers, and private industry—in Washington, DC, last month for the second SHARE Community Meeting. Julia Lane of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) provided a compelling keynote, explaining how IRIS, SHARE, and others are working to provide permanent, independent, statistical evidence that demonstrates value for money invested in university research.

The bulk of the meeting was focused on the development and advancement of three task groups—Manual CurationReports, and Research Information Systems. More details about the scope and progress for each of these groups follow below under “What’s Next?

More than 25 community participants joined the Center for Open Science team at a hackathon in conjunction with the SHARE Community Meeting. Among the outputs were a case study for a normalized SHARE Notify data model, an e-mail notifications button prototype, and a SHARE search iOS app. Explore demos and discussion related to the hackathon.

SHARE thanks the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their support of SHARE Notify’s development and of this meeting.

Read a more detailed summary of the summer 2015 Community Meeting on the SHARE website.

SHARE Notify Beta Update

SHARE search page screenshot

SHARE search page

SHARE Notify continues to add more harvesters, including the Social Science Research Network (in production) and seven more set to go live in the coming weeks. Upcoming harvesters include the Harvard Dataverse—added by a volunteer at the recent SHARE hackathon—and Smithsonian Research Online.

If you would like to make your organization’s publications, data, repository holdings, or other research discoverable via SHARE, register to become a metadata provider.

To explore the discovery layer of SHARE Notify, visit the SHARE search page.

We love to hear feedback from the community—please send comments, concerns, or questions about the SHARE Notify beta to Learn more at

What’s Next?

Update on Task Group Deliverables

SHARE Community Meeting participants at tables in ballroom

Participants at SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015, photo by Eric Celeste

In advance of the Community Meeting last month SHARE launched three new task groups and devoted significant time at the meeting to refining their charges and determining their priorities. These task groups are inclusive—you do not have to be a member of the SHARE Joint Working Group to participate in a task group—and directly tied to the SHARE development team’s work.

The Manual Curation Task Group will be prototyping tools for human enhancement of the SHARE data set. This task group will look at use cases of expert curation (e.g., librarians), crowdsourcing, and integration with pedagogy.

The Reports Task Group will work with the SHARE development team to design reports from SHARE Notify according to critical user groups, including university senior research officers and offices of institutional research and analytics. This task group will surface gaps in key metadata and contribute to talking points and other outreach materials to these user groups.

Finally, the Research Information Systems Task Group is surveying the landscape of research information management systems (such as Science CV, Symplectic Elements, and VIVO), identifying available metadata, establishing best practices in research metadata, and devising incremental steps to applying these lessons to SHARE.

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 a new data provider to SHARE Notify: Social Science Research Network. 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.

Comments, Questions, Conversation

Wide community input is vital for the success of the SHARE initiative.

Contact us with feedback, inquiries, and to join the conversation about SHARE.

Sign up to receive this update via e-mail.

We are always looking for volunteers for future participation.