SHARE Update, December 2017

2017 in Review

In 2017, SHARE formed a new Stakeholder Committee, chaired by Tyler Walters, dean of libraries at Virginia Tech. The committee is looking at SHARE’s institutionally focused use case under development as TritonSHARE—including what kind of strategic and technical partnerships SHARE might develop in order to advance an open data, open source platform for analyzing research output at a given institution. TritonSHARE began early in the year in partnership with the UC San Diego Library, SHARE, and COS Labs (an R&D team at the Center for Open Science).

This summer, SHARE received a $75,000 Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant enabled SHARE to expand its team of ARL visiting program officers with the additions of Matthew Harp (Arizona State University) and Joanne Paterson (Western University). Similar to the institutional research analysis use case, this planning grant will involve looking for collaborative solutions to using SHARE to make digital humanities (DH) projects more discoverable. The grant involves a survey and focus groups of DH practitioners, and a workshop convening approximately 40 experts in DH practice, librarianship, services, and technology development to surface use cases and stories necessary to leverage SHARE for aggregating DH scholarship metadata. Through these efforts we hope to better understand the human and technical requirements needed to enhance the discovery of all digital scholarship assets.

At the end of 2017, the SHARE database contains 48 million records from 166 repository sources describing research and scholarly activities, including grant proposals, data sets, presentations, preprints, and published articles. In order to support OSF Preprints, a central discovery platform for preprints from any scholarly discipline, the SHARE team ensured that preprint services such as arXiv and RePEc were “back-harvested,” or comprehensively reflected in SHARE. OSF Preprints is also a free platform to host preprint services for scholarly communities. Sixteen preprint services are now on the OSF, including PaleorXiv, the Library and Information Science Scholarship Archive (LISSA), and Thesis Commons. Check out the OSF’s top 100 preprints of 2017.

SHARE’s goals for 2018 are to engage the Stakeholder Committee in honing the collections scope of SHARE, relative to other data aggregators, and to focus on partnerships and collaborations that will best enable SHARE’s tools, services, and data to work with other components of scholarly communications infrastructure.

Thank you for your support of SHARE! This is very much an initiative by and for the community.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season,

The SHARE Operations Team—Judy Ruttenberg, Jeffrey Spies, Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, and Rick Johnson


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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