SHARE currently has four working groups. Their charges and membership are detailed below. Each working group will meet virtually at least twice per month and will be chaired by a member selected by his/her fellow members and approved by the SHARE steering group. At least one member of the SHARE steering group will participate in each working group. The groups are:
SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)
The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) is a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs. SHARE will develop solutions that capitalize on the compelling interest shared by researchers, libraries, universities, funding agencies, and other key stakeholders to maximize research impact, today and in the future. SHARE aims to make the inventory of research assets more discoverable and more accessible, and to enable the research community to build upon these assets in creative and productive ways.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) have partnered to develop SHARE with significant input from the three associations’ member institutions and their broader stakeholder communities. Management of SHARE is overseen by a steering group drawing from the leadership and membership of ARL, AAU, and APLU.
ARL, AAU, and 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.
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