SHARE Update, January 2017

In This Issue

SHARE: Infrastructure for Open Scholarship

The December 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries News features an article by SHARE co-lead Judy Ruttenberg that highlights SHARE’s role in supporting two recent developments in research and scholarship:

  1. Sharing research findings faster through discipline-based preprint services
  2. Elevating contextual research objects such as code, software, and data to first-class research objects worthy of independent review and recognition

Judy discusses how SHARE is accomplishing its mission to maximize research impact by making research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. She concludes with a call to academic libraries to support infrastructure for open scholarship even more than they currently do, by participating in and using SHARE.

Read “SHARE: Infrastructure for Open Scholarship” in College & Research Libraries News 77, no. 11.

Applying the Open Science Framework to the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project

Megan Potterbusch, ARL’s National Digital Stewardship Resident, has begun using the Open Science Framework (OSF) in her work with a history research group at George Washington University (GW), the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project (ERPP). This work is a compelling application of the OSF, initially conceived as a science workflow tool, to a humanities-based group. The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project has a rich background of working in conjunction with GW librarians to accomplish the ERPP’s goals of both extensive, original research as well as sustainable digital access to their resources and research outputs. Using the OSF will help the ERPP improve their own workflow as well as others’ access to their research.

Read Megan’s post describing her work with the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.

SHARE to Host Open Community Calls

It is with great excitement that we announce SHARE will now host quarterly calls that are open to the whole community. As SHARE continues to enhance the data set and move towards active integration into the scholarly infrastructure, an open quarterly call will allow any interested community member to ring on, ask questions, and get involved in the SHARE project.

A call for agenda items and then the agenda will be posted to the SHARE website and distributed via Twitter and Facebook prior to each call, so anyone may put items forward for discussion and see what will be covered.

The next quarterly call will take place Monday, April 10, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. Call-in information will be made available with the agenda. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments about this, please contact the SHARE team at

How SHARE Uses Crossref Metadata to Make Scholarship Accessible

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ARL visiting program officer Cynthia Hudson-Vitale recently contributed a post on the Crossref blog about how SHARE uses metadata from Crossref and what future Crossref functionality would be useful for SHARE. Crossref is a not-for-profit membership organization for scholarly publishing, working to make content easy to find, cite, link, and assess. SHARE uses the Crossref API to harvest metadata that Crossref has tagged, such as journal article titles, author names, digital object identifiers, journal names, and publisher names. Then SHARE processes the metadata and aggregates it into the public SHARE data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle.

In the Crossref blog post, Cynthia explains more about how SHARE is enhancing the metadata and making links between the metadata records for related works. She notes:

We would love to see rights-declaration metadata elements and article references/citations included in the metadata about digital objects. The rights-declaration information is invaluable for individuals who want to know what category the object is in (public domain, copyrighted, etc.), what constraints or permission requirements exist, contact information, and more. Additionally, networks of research can be discovered and meta-scholarship facilitated by making article reference lists machine-readable and openly available.

Read “Using the Crossref REST API. Part 3 (with SHARE)” on the Crossref blog.

SHARE on the Road

SHARE representatives and enthusiasts continue to spread the word about uses for SHARE’s free, open, data set that describes and links to research and scholarly activities of all kinds. Check out the SHARE presentation below. Members of the SHARE team would love to talk with you at future events. Please reach out to any of the presenters if you have questions or want more information.

Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting
January 11–13, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland
Presentation: “SHARE: Strengthening Ties between Observations & Communities
Presenter: Rick Johnson

Learn More about SHARE

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 SHARE 2.0 discovery interface, the growing SHARE data set, and the opportunity to register as a metadata provider. Please reproduce and distribute this flyer on your campus or at meetings you attend.
  • Video interview about SHARELibrary Journal‘s Open Access in Action series interviewed Judy Ruttenberg in spring 2016 about the evolution of SHARE, including the initiative’s origins, developmental successes and challenges, and how SHARE fits into the global open access movement.
  • EDUCAUSE Review article on SHARE—Tyler Walters and Judy Ruttenberg describe SHARE’s first project, SHARE Notify, as well as the other three layers of SHARE that are being 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 the Open Science Framework—Technical developments pertaining to SHARE are discussed and tracked in real time on the Open Science Framework. The SHARE Open Science Framework 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 is supported in part by generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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