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 an Advisory Board 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.
SHARE is funded in part by a joint $1 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for developing and launching the SHARE Notification Service.
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