SHARE Update, June 2018

In This Issue

SHARE Visits Six Campuses for Project on Integrating Digital Humanities into Web of Scholarship

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Victoria, British Columbia, photo by Joanne Paterson

In May and June, the SHARE team visited six campuses with digital scholarship or digital humanities (DH) centers across a variety of institution types, including differences in location and administration of the centers with respect to the library and the campus. During these visits the team conducted focus groups in which the goal was to uncover current practices for making DH scholarship findable, accessible, interoperable, or reusable (FAIR). During several of the campus visits—which included Columbia University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and University of Victoria—the SHARE team also had an opportunity to present to and meet with larger groups of library staff to talk about broader issues in digital stewardship. While the focus group data is being transcribed, coded, and redacted for publication on the project OSF site and in a forthcoming white paper, the team has some preliminary observations:

  • It appears common for digital humanities project leaders to rely on high-touch outreach to individuals and groups within particular research or scholarly communities for discoverability.
  • Libraries are keenly interested in community guidelines and standards around whether and how to consider completed DH projects as potential collections.
  • There is great interest in integrating DH work into library discovery environments, such as the library catalog.

Coded, redacted, focus group transcripts will inform the next stage of this National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant-funded project—developing DH discovery prototypes with the help of paid interns. Larger issues around standards, guidelines, and emerging best practices will be addressed in the project white paper, which will be published by December 31, 2018, and deposited in the LIS Scholarship Archive (LISSA).

SHARE Technical Update

Jeffrey Spies, his team at 221B, and ARL visiting program officer Rick Johnson continue progress on SHARE v3. The team is evaluating the creation of a harvesting platform using Node-RED, a visual flow-based development environment originally developed by IBM for use in the Internet of Things community. While Node-RED is typically used to wire sensors, application programming interfaces (APIs), and, for example, home automation hardware devices, this environment would allow users new to the SHARE ecosystem to visually create new harvesters. The team is in the process of customizing the environment for the use case of gathering, transforming, and storing data. They are also assessing an architecture that is distributed across multiple host sites.

The SHARE technical team will schedule their first community conference call soon for others interested in contributing to or using SHARE tools—stay tuned for that announcement. The team has also started working publicly on GitHub and Discord chat.

SHARE Presents on Open Data at Scale at VIVO Conference, NISO Webinar

ARL’s Judy Ruttenberg participated for the SHARE team in a panel presentation on open data at both the VIVO Conference in Durham, North Carolina, on June 7, and a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) webinar on June 13. The VIVO panel, “Community Approaches to Open Data at Scale,” included Chris Erdmann for Metadata 2020 and Todd Vision for Dryad. Both the VIVO and NISO communities are key contributors and stakeholders of robust, interoperable, open data, and these recent meetings reflect a strong focus on linked open data and collaborative, networked solutions to data curation.

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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