The pilot cohort of SHARE curation associates wrapped up its yearlong program this month, with many of the participants presenting their capstone projects on a recent, open, SHARE community call. Projects included improvements to local data-curation and preservation plans and practices, enhancements in the quality of metadata for local assets, and the creation of user-facing documentation for SHARE, including a data dictionary. The Curation Associates program met its objectives to provide experiential learning in open source software and open data to the research library community. Specifically, the SHARE team wanted to assist library professionals in improving their practices around scholarly metadata and curation and preservation of the digital assets they steward.
A persistent concern with library-oriented training in new technologies is that staff will return to their jobs after the training without ongoing support for their learning and without practical, real-world applications to advance their new skills. In their presentations, SHARE curation associates highlighted the value of the cohort as a network, the skills labs, small project groups, and the SHARE software itself as contributing factors in their success.
Accomplishments of the curation associates 2016–2017 cohort include:
- Development of a SHARE data dictionary (to be online soon)
- Review and recommendations for alignment between Digital Commons metadata schema and SHARE
- Deployment of SHARE in a tri-university research data portal, LiveData Arizona
- Creation of a SHARE student internship modeled on the pedagogical principles and internship program of the Center for Open Science.
- Development of local library digital curation and preservation plans based on methods taught in the program
In May, the new SHARE Stakeholder Committee affirmed the value of the Curation Associates program and the committee’s interest in seeing the program continue with a new cohort in 2018. In the meantime, the SHARE team is undertaking a thorough review of its internal and external documentation and virtual user spaces (including the www.share-research.org website and projects on the Open Science Framework) in order to support and benefit from community use of SHARE in local practice. While this curation associates cohort has officially concluded, SHARE remains a community initiative and is open for ongoing collaboration and learning through this community of practice.