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).


SHARE values openness and transparency. We realize our efforts can only be enhanced by the constructive input of interested stakeholders. We welcome community participation in our projects.

SHARE values international interoperability. As a North American initiative, we realize that we represent only a portion of the research effort across the globe. We look for opportunities to develop and adopt standards and practices that help knit the world’s research together into a more cohesive and accessible whole.

SHARE values simple and pragmatic solutions. We realize that the challenges we are tackling are complex and most solutions will be far from perfect. We look for the simplest approaches and prioritize incremental steps that can demonstrate practical benefit.