SHARE Update, September 2017

In This Issue

Matthew Harp, Joanne Paterson Named Visiting Program Officers for SHARE Humanities Project

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Matthew Harp and Joanne Paterson as visiting program officers for a SHARE project to help make online, scholarly works in the humanities more findable and usable, sparking further discovery and learning.

Digital humanities scholarship can be especially hard to discover and access. Some projects have widely dispersed pieces—such as codebooks, content, and manuscripts—that can be difficult to connect as part of the same work. On the other hand, some projects’ components are tightly bundled and isolated on project websites, hidden from networked search tools.

This SHARE project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will explore what is needed to uncover and link digital humanities scholarship by adding more metadata—fundamental information about scholarly works, such as author names, work titles, and topics—to those scholarly works in open repositories.

Read more about Matthew Harp, Joanne Paterson, and this project.

Center for Open Science Launches New Preprint Services, Thesis Commons

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Last month the Center for Open Science (COS) announced two major developments of interest to our communities. The OSF Preprints platform, powered by SHARE, added six new preprint services to accelerate dissemination of research: INA-Rxiv, the preprint server of Indonesia; LISSA, an open scholarly platform for library and information science; MindRxiv, a service for research on mind and contemplative practices; NutriXiv, a preprint service for the nutritional sciences; paleorXiv, a digital archive for paleontology; and SportRxiv, an open archive for sport and exercise-related research.

COS also announced the launch of Thesis Commons, a free, cloud-based, open-source platform for the submission, dissemination, and discovery of graduate and undergraduate theses and dissertations from any discipline. Authors can share their electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) with a quick and easy submission workflow. Readers can search, discover, and download with a clean and simple interface. Institutions can sign up for a branded version of the service for hosting ETDs, preprints, or other scholarship. This service is also powered by SHARE.

Read more about these new preprint services.

Read more about Thesis Commons.

Metadata 2020 Collaboration to Advocate for Better Data about Research

Individuals from around the world have joined forces to form Metadata 2020, a collaboration that advocates for richer, connected, and reusable metadata describing all research outputs. Why?

  • Richer metadata fuels discoverability and innovation.
  • Connected metadata bridges gaps between systems and communities.
  • Reusable metadata eliminates duplication of effort.

When we settle for inadequate metadata, none of these improvements are possible and everyone using those research outputs suffers as a consequence.

This collaboration will engage publishers, aggregators, service providers, librarians, funders, and researchers to participate by committing to improving the quality and interoperability of their metadata. The aim is to both raise awareness of scholarly metadata, and provide resources for all who have a stake in creating and using it.

Read more about Metadata 2020.

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.

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.

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