SHARE Update, August 2017

In This Issue

In Service of Digital Stewardship: Collaborating with Researchers and Building Trust

In my archives courses in graduate school, we regularly discussed the importance of connecting archives to the digital life cycle of documents early, in order to properly steward the documents into long-term preservation and access. Librarians and archivists face many barriers to connecting with materials for preservation, such as proprietary formats, publisher or system lock-in, and gaining researchers’ trust. In my work as a National Digital Stewardship Resident this year, the biggest challenge has been the latter: gaining researchers’ trust…

Continue reading Megan’s post about how she is using the Open Science Framework to collaborate with researchers, build their trust, and help them preserve their digital scholarship at all stages.

Recommendations for Curating Digital Commons Metadata for SHARE

It has been almost a month since the news broke that international for-profit publisher Elsevier purchased open-access-publishing software company bepress. By now the immediate shock is waning and institutions are considering the implications of what that takeover means for their open access publishing support. No matter what decisions are made, interoperable and easily shared metadata describing scholarly works is essential for any platform to play a role in the scholarly communication landscape…

Continue reading this post by curation associates Lisa Palmer, Joanne Paterson, Wendy Robertson, and Emily Stenberg to learn about and give feedback on best practices for working with Digital Commons metadata.

NEH Awards ARL Grant to Integrate Digital Humanities into Scholarly Web with SHARE

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has received a $75,000 Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to incorporate more digital humanities metadata into the open SHARE database documenting research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. ARL will work with scholars and librarians to identify requirements for using the SHARE metadata aggregator to expose and link digital humanities scholarship at all stages of development…

Read more about this grant project.

Open Access Platforms Are Key to Research Libraries’ Core Mission—ARL Letter to Chronicle of Higher Education

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) wrote a letter to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which published it on August 21. The letter states, “Simply put, platforms and business arrangements that lock in scholarly content and data about scholarly process make stewardship of that content—research libraries’ core mission—impossible. By working with scholars to adopt and invest in open platforms like the [Open Science Framework] and SHARE, librarians can provide their expertise in data management, metadata standards, and preservation, and ensure that the resulting data and publications can be made accessible over the long term.”…

Read the letter.

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 events below. Members of the SHARE team would love to talk with you at future events. Please reach out to any of us if you have questions or want more information.

PresQT (Preservation Quality Tool) Workshop II
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Monday, September 18
2:00–6:00 p.m.
Workshop leaders: Rick Johnson and others from the PresQT team

RDA 10th Plenary Meeting
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Tuesday–Thursday, September 19–21
Participant: Rick Johnson

Association of Research Libraries Fall 2017 Meeting
Washington, DC

Tuesday–Wednesday, October 3–4
Participants: SHARE Operations Team and SHARE Stakeholder Committee

ARL and CNI Fall Forum 2017: Libraries and the Research Enterprise
Washington, DC

Thursday, October 5
Participants: SHARE Operations Team

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. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is supporting SHARE in a project to integrate digital humanities into the scholarly web.

A wide array of stakeholder organizations endorse SHARE’s goals. If you would like to add your organization to our list of stakeholders, please e-mail

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