SHARE Update, March 2018

In This Issue

Jeffrey Spies to Depart Center for Open Science to Focus on SHARE, Other Opportunities

Co-founder of the Center for Open Science (COS) and co-director of SHARE Jeffrey Spies is resigning from his role as COS chief technology officer on March 16, 2018. For the next several months, Spies will devote his attention to SHARE as well as other technological and strategic projects in higher education and libraries.

Read more about this transition in the February 16, 2018, COS news release, “Spies to Resign from CTO Role to Focus on SHARE and Other Opportunities.”

SHARE v3: Rebooting the Metadata-Harvesting Framework, Metadata-Editing Pipeline

Jeffrey Spies, SHARE’s co-director and the original architect of both SHARE and the Open Science Framework (OSF), will be leading a redesign of SHARE’s core technology over the coming months as an independent partner. Joining Jeff in this effort will be Rick Johnson, a program director at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries, visiting program officer for SHARE at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and longstanding contributor to other open-source community development efforts, such as Samvera. The next phase of the project—SHARE v3—will make SHARE’s metadata-harvesting process more conducive to community contribution, improve the metadata-editing pipeline for more efficient human intervention, and restructure the database to more readily capture relationships among works, creators, and affiliations. In addition, this phase will make institutional hosting of SHARE technology more accessible.

In this phase, the SHARE team will actively pursue code contributions from the community, strategic partnerships with allied projects in open scholarship, and institutional participation. With open community calls and development sprints, the SHARE team will provide the community a mechanism to prioritize and contribute features and improvements. Analysis, prototyping, and partnership development are already underway.

Read more about SHARE v3.

Subscribe to our new discussion list, SHARE-dev, for anyone who wants to participate in SHARE product development, priorities, or coding.

Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web: Workshop Surfaces Ideas to Enhance Discovery

More than 30 people joined the SHARE team on February 12–13 in Denver, Colorado, for a workshop designed to address the problem of making digital humanities (DH) scholarship more discoverable. With expert facilitation by Nancy Maron of BlueSky to BluePrint, the group—comprised of librarians, digital projects leaders, and DH practitioners—worked on a series of exercises to (1) define the problem of distributed DH assets, (2) envision ideal interfaces for DH discovery, and (3) consider the underlying data structures necessary to realize those interfaces. This workshop was part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Advancement Grant project “Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE.”

Read notes from the workshop in the project space on the OSF. Members of the project team—Matthew Harp, Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Rick Johnson, Joanne Paterson, Judy Ruttenberg, and Jeffrey Spies—will visit six campuses in the coming months to conduct in-depth explorations with faculty and librarians into DH discovery, including advancing ideas from the February workshop. The team will also publish the workshop proceedings.

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:

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 a community open-source initiative developing tools and services to connect related, yet distributed, research outputs, enabling new kinds of scholarly discovery. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is currently supporting SHARE in a project to integrate digital humanities into the scholarly web.

SHARE was originally funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the core technology was built by the Center for Open Science (COS) in collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The SHARE initiative was founded in 2013 by ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

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