In This Issue
- Molly Keener Reflects on Why SHARE Matters
- SHARE Gains Five Metadata Providers, Tracks More Than Two Million Research Releases
- Cynthia Hudson-Vitale Appointed Visiting Program Officer for SHARE
- Rick Johnson Named Visiting Program Officer for SHARE
- Scholarly Kitchen Blog Highlights SHARE
- Center for Open Science’s Reproducibility Project Finds Challenges in Replicating Published Findings
- Catch SHARE Presentations This Fall
- Learn More about SHARE
The SHARE team recently asked Molly Keener of Wake Forest University why SHARE is important to scholarly communication librarians like her, who work with students, faculty, campus administrators, and publishers to advance effective, sustainable, and economically viable methods of sharing scholarly information. Her response is inspiring:
SHARE is bringing the various constituents of the scholarly communication system together to determine how to connect multiple research outputs in a single framework to present a holistic view of an individual’s or institution’s scholarship. SHARE—with the strength of the Association of Research Libraries, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Center for Open Science behind it—is able to do what we individual scholarly communication librarians are less-easily able to do: harness the collective wisdom of each constituency group in the scholarly communication system, from researchers to funders to publishers to librarians; build upon systems already in place (think: institutional repositories and shared metadata); and achieve collectively what we are doing locally—opening the research corpus to discovery.
I find this exciting because SHARE has valuable commitment behind it, with attendant resources and networking capabilities. Quite frankly, SHARE can get a librarian, a publisher representative, and a federal agency employee together more readily than I can. Furthermore, the conversations that happened at the SHARE summer meeting touched on topics that range from scholarly communication to preservation to technical issues. Depending on the size and nature of a library’s scholarly communication program, one or more librarians may be working on these issues locally, so an individual’s knowledge in all these areas may be robust, or it may be sparse. Regardless of individual engagement locally, SHARE affords scholarly communication librarians an opportunity to participate nationally without unrealistic time, infrastructure, or financial commitments.
Contact SHARE to explore ways you can get involved.
Adding new metadata providers gives SHARE a more diverse and inclusive set of data about research release events around the world. This month the SHARE Notify beta added five new research metadata sources:
- DigitalCommons@PCOM at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- OAKTrust Digital Repository at Texas A&M University
- PDXScholar at Portland State University
- ScholarsArchive@OSU at Oregon State University
- Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS) at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MBLWHOI) Library
SHARE Notify has captured more than two million research release events, and is adding more every day.
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 or forward this e-mail to your digital repository manager and ask them to register.
To find new research and potential collaborators, visit the SHARE search page.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Cynthia Hudson-Vitale as a visiting program officer (VPO) to provide outreach and engagement support for the SHARE initiative; she will serve from September 2015 to March 2017. Hudson-Vitale is digital data librarian in Research Data and GIS Services at Washington University in St. Louis Libraries.
In her role as a VPO for SHARE, Hudson-Vitale will engage with the SHARE working and task groups and the larger stakeholder community to grow the SHARE initiative and increase the adoption of SHARE services. She will establish and cultivate relationships with organizations that will develop into strategic partnerships for SHARE. Additionally, Hudson-Vitale will be a key participant in helping to shape SHARE strategic plans.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Rick Johnson as a visiting program officer (VPO) to foster SHARE metadata enhancements and strengthen partnerships between SHARE and other research data stewards and providers; he will serve from September 2015 to March 2017. Johnson is program co-director for the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program and head of Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions at University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries.
In his role as a VPO for SHARE, Johnson will develop and deepen SHARE partnerships with other organizations in order to foster a tighter network of research repositories, databases, and information systems. Specifically, these efforts will focus on improving data sharing, metadata quality and alignment, and linking across partner systems, data providers, and SHARE data consumers.
Alice Meadows, director of communications for ORCID, recently wrote about “Reasons to Be Cheerful: Some Thoughts on the SHARE Summer 2015 Meeting,” on the Scholarly Kitchen blog. In her blog post, Meadows provided her perspective on the summer meeting and why it inspired her to be optimistic about SHARE. Much of SHARE’s strength lies in its community participation and collaborative approach. As Meadows noted:
SHARE is a (surprisingly) broad church—at least in terms of the organizations represented at their Summer Meeting. Although the majority were from universities and other research institutes, invited guests also included representatives from funders (federal and private), commercial entities such as Thomson Reuters and Microsoft, other nonprofits including CASRAI, CHORUS, DuraSpace, NISO, ORCID, and Portico. And there was a lot of emphasis on the need for SHARE to collaborate—and integrate—with these groups, for example, in order to share metadata.
Meadows concluded, “It’s not all sunshine and flowers, of course—there’s still much work to be done…But developing a strong and open infrastructure that will help maximize research impact—and doing so in collaboration with partners both nonprofit and commercial—is certainly a great start!”
Center for Open Science’s Reproducibility Project Finds Challenges in Replicating Published Findings
A four-year study published in Science Magazine in August successfully reproduced fewer than half of 100 published findings of three prominent psychology journals. The 270 researchers who collaborated on the Reproducibility Project: Psychology coordinated by SHARE partner Center for Open Science (COS) were able to replicate the findings of only 39 of the 100 original studies. Reproducibility is necessary for scientific evidence to be credible.
Many organizations, funders, journals, and publishers are already working on improving scientific reproducibility by encouraging open sharing of research materials and data. One such effort was the creation of the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines published in Science in June of this year and supported by the Association of Research Libraries. Since the Reproducibility Project began in 2011, similar projects have emerged in other fields such as the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. Also, a discipline of metascience—scientific research about scientific research—is emerging. These initiatives, including SHARE, should strengthen science in the long run.
For more information, see the Center for Open Science news release, “Massive Collaboration Testing Reproducibility of Psychology Studies Publishes Findings.”
On October 28 at the CASRAI Reconnect15 conference in Toronto, Ontario—which will focus on interoperable data practices in shared research management—Judy Ruttenberg and Rebecca Kennison will highlight SHARE’s work this fall, looking deeply into several research institutions to see how various streams of administrative data about research can be integrated into SHARE for the purposes of enhancing the research metadata SHARE aggregates. Ruttenberg and Kennison will discuss policies for using and sharing administrative data, the systems and workflows the institutions employ to exchange such data currently, and how SHARE Notify and enhanced metadata might be integrated into these processes. The presenters will engage the audience in ways that SHARE can use and contribute to the CASRAI dictionary of research administration information in this phase of SHARE’s work.
At the Charleston Conference on book and serial acquisition in early November, Judy Ruttenberg and Sara Bowman will present on SHARE and the Open Science Framework. The presentation will cover ways that libraries and publishers can participate in developing and benefit from an open data set about research activity, and contribute to open practices that benefit the research community.
A National Information Standards Organization (NISO) webinar on “Using Alerting Systems to Ensure OA Policy Compliance” will feature Erin Braswell discussing SHARE Notify along with Howard Ratner talking about CHORUS. This webinar—to be held Thursday, October 1, 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT—is a guided, step-by-step session that will follow the September 23 NISO virtual conference, “Evolving Scholarly Communication Models.” Read more and register for this NISO webinar.
There is a wealth of resources to help you better comprehend and communicate the ins and outs of SHARE as we build a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle:
- 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.
- FAQ about SHARE Notify Beta—If you have questions about the SHARE Notify beta, such as, “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 (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 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.
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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