The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) strongly believe that ensuring broad and continuing access to research is central to the mission of higher education. Research publications, research data, other research outputs, along with their associated metadata, should be publicly accessible and available for reuse, text mining, data mining, and machine reading. This accelerates further research and discovery.
The higher education community also has the responsibility to collect and preserve their researchers’ scholarly output for reasons beyond ensuring access, such as for institutional planning and for analytic purposes.
Additionally, the higher education community must support their researchers’ compliance with the growing number of funder requirements. ARL, AAU, and APLU envision SHARE as the means for the academy to tackle these critical issues.