SHARE Update, June 2017

In This Issue

SHARE Reviewing Technical Architecture, Pausing New Harvester Development

The SHARE team is currently postponing the development of most harvesters for new metadata providers to SHARE in order to undergo a thorough review of SHARE’s technical architecture. The review will inform development of the next iteration of SHARE’s application programming interface (API), which will include accessible tools and services to interact with SHARE data, as well as improved documentation around SHARE’s schema and data dictionary to enable more seamless mapping of new metadata sources to SHARE. The SHARE team will conduct the review in consultation with the SHARE Stakeholder Committee and will make the review available for public comment in summer 2017.

With the new API, it will be easier to utilize SHARE data and to participate in developing tools using SHARE. The SHARE team also plans to create tools that enable repository managers and other metadata experts to edit records in the SHARE database.  We will work with SHARE data providers if any configuration changes are necessary.

The SHARE team will continue to add metadata providers in support of several stakeholder-supported use cases in active production, including OSF Preprints and the beta research-activity dashboard at UC San Diego. There are other projects under discussion that will affect the addition of new metadata sources as well—we will report on them in future issues of this newsletter.

Please contact if you have any questions, or if you would like to be notified as we improve and disseminate technical documentation during the API-review process.

ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence—Applications Due July 13

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications through July 13 for the 2017–2018 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program designed to introduce undergraduates from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups at ARL member institutions to the library and information science discipline. The program offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will train in diversity, equity, and social justice topics.

The SHARE team encourages ARL libraries and archives to work with student applicants on designing an internship working on SHARE as an open source, open data initiative about scholarship. ARL’s partner on SHARE, the Center for Open Science, has extensive experience working with paid student interns, and chooses open source technologies with inclusivity and diversity in mind—taking into account modularity (for ease of entry) and the extent to which the particular software community is a supportive one.

Building a usable, open database of scholarship (SHARE) on an open platform means opening up the kinds of questions we can ask of our scholarship and our institutions. Right now, the most interesting research on contributions to various scholarly domains, networks of collaboration, and mentorship through the lens of diversity and inclusion can only be done by licensing proprietary sources of metadata or publications. SHARE is changing that, and students could further this work through the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence.

The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which has also been a generous funder of SHARE.

Submit Agenda Items for July SHARE Community Conference Call by July 3

SHARE will hold its third, open, community conference call of 2017 on Monday, July 10, at 1:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. This call will feature lightning presentations from several SHARE curation associates, who have been working on a variety of projects over the past year involving automated improvements to SHARE feeds and integration of SHARE data into other systems.

Write to by Monday, July 3, to suggest additional agenda items.

To join the call, login to with the participant code 9208225. For the audio portion of the call, you can use your computer’s audio, or join via phone (same participant code) by calling 1-866-740-1260.

Register for National Digital Stewardship Residency 2017 Symposium in DC

The National Digital Stewardship Residents of DC (NDSRDC), including the Association of Research Libraries resident Megan Potterbusch, have opened registration for their free, annual symposium to be held August 17, 2017, at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

The NDSRDC 2017 symposium, “Blending Collaborations and Bridging Gaps: Digital Preservation Communities of Practice,” will emphasize community-supported efforts that have allowed for project-based or grant-funded digital stewardship activities to transition into long-term, sustainable services. Much like NDSR is funded in order to create a community of practice for digital preservation, the symposium will highlight work being done by both local and distributed communities to support preservation and access to electronic resources. This program is centered around ways these communities leverage both local and international connections to build more robust relationships and greater interoperability between their services.

Speakers will include:

  • T-Kay Sangwand, UCLA Library
  • Jessica Meyerson, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
  • Matt Zumwalt, Protocol Labs

For details about the symposium program and to register, visit the website

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 presentations 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.

Open Repositories 2017 Conference
Brisbane, Australia

Wednesday, June 28
3:30–5:00 p.m.
Panel discussion:COAR Next Generation Repositories: Results and Recommendations
Participants: Eloy Rodrigues, Kathleen Shearer, Andrea Bollini, Alberto Cabezas, Donatella Castelli, Les Carr, Leslie Chan, Rick Johnson, Petr Knoth, Paolo Manghi, Lazarus Matizirofa, Pandelis Perakakis, Jochen Schirrwagen, Daisy Selematsela, Tim Smith, Herbert Van de Sompel, Paul Walk, David Wilcox, Kazu Yamaji

Friday, June 30
9:00–10:30 a.m.
Presentation:OSF and Fedora: Removing the Barriers between Preservation and Active Research
Speakers: Rick Johnson, David Wilcox, Sayeed Choudhury, Jeffrey Spies

Northwest IR User Group Meeting
Portland, Oregon

Friday, July 21
3:30–3:35 p.m
Lightning talk:Registering with SHARE
Speaker: Talea Anderson

Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, July 28
3:00–3:30 p.m.
Presentation:Mind the Gap: Curating Digital Commons Metadata for SHARE
Speakers: Joanne Paterson, Lisa Palmer, Emily Stenberg, Wendy Robertson


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:

SHARE flyer—Spread the word about the SHARE 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 described in 2014 SHARE’s first project, SHARE Notify, as well as the other three layers of SHARE 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 ReadtheDocs—Access up-to-date information about the SHARE model, data dictionary, application programming interfaces (APIs), prototypes, and other technical development information from this site. The site and SHARE code are open and welcome 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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