What is SHARE?

SHARE is a higher education initiative whose mission is to maximize research impact by making research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. To fulfill this mission SHARE is building a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle.

Academic publishing—including indexing, search, and analytics—is a multibillion-dollar industry. Along with new business models for publishing, the academy needs constantly evolving solutions for access and discovery.  Keeping information about research and scholarship either behind a paywall or in an environment that does not encourage reuse and repurposing stifles innovation in communication, exploration and discovery, and meta-scholarship. These restrictive business models also exclude many in the community who would be best equipped to innovate. Where open metadata about research does exist, its usefulness is limited by poor or inconsistent quality or by difficulty of access.  For most individuals or groups to make use of this data, the cost of accessing, collecting, and improving the data is too great. Enter SHARE.

SHARE is gathering, cleaning, linking, and enhancing metadata that describes research activities and outputs—from data management plans and grant proposals to preprints, presentations, journal articles, and data repository deposits—in order to make this metadata openly and freely available.  The initiative is also engaging the community to contribute authoritative metadata enhancements and to develop software code to help users get the most out of SHARE’s free and open data set.


Use this two-page flyer to spread the word about SHARE. Please feel free to reproduce and distribute this flyer on your campus or at meetings you attend. The flyer is designed to be printed as a single double-sided page.

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