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Help SHARE Make Research Accessible, Discoverable, Reusable at FORCE2016 Conference

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The SHARE initiative is offering a preconference workshop and curate-a-thon on Sunday, April 17, in Portland, Oregon, at the FORCE2016 Conference organized by FORCE11, which aims to improve knowledge creation and sharing by encouraging better use of new technologies.

SHARE is building a free, open data set of research and scholarly activities across their life cycle in order to make such output widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. Launched in beta in April 2015, the SHARE data set has grown to almost 4.5 million records submitted by 95 providers, including CrossRef, DataONE, PubMed Central, library institutional repositories, and more. This infrastructure is contributing to a “network of knowledge” that links research objects (e.g., workflows, publications, funding information, data sets) and enables better stewardship of this work, verification of claims, meta-scholarship, and the findability and reuse of research outputs.

To maximize use of the data SHARE is aggregating, community involvement and contribution is essential to enhance the highly variable metadata associated with scholarly and research activity, to link objects together as part of the same activity, and in the process to promote innovative scholarship and a range of outputs beyond traditional publications. Join the SHARE team for this workshop and curate-a-thon to help enrich the SHARE data set.


From 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, SHARE team members Erin Braswell and April Clyburne-Sherin of the Center for Open Science, Cynthia Hudson-Vitale of Washington University in St. Louis, and Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries will lead a workshop on “Putting the FORCE11 FAIR Principles into Practice: A Community Curation of SHARE.” Participants will help prioritize the linked data and curation possibilities of the SHARE data set as they relate to the FORCE11 community and the FAIR principles to make data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.


Following a conference reception, the team will be joined by Jeff Spies of the Center for Open Science in hosting a curate-a-thon from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on April 17. Curate-a-thon participants will enrich the SHARE data set and implement many of the metadata priorities discussed earlier in the day. Participants will learn how to access data using application programming interfaces (APIs), integrate information and data sets using IPython/Jupyter and other tools, and create links between related digital objects using a new curation tool for SHARE to be launched before the conference.


Sign up for one or both of these events on the FORCE2016 Conference website.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.


SHARE is a higher education initiative whose mission is to maximize research impact by making a comprehensive inventory of 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. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) jointly launched the SHARE initiative in 2013. The Center for Open Science (COS) has been SHARE’s technical partner since June 2014. SHARE’s founders strongly believe that ensuring broad and continuing access to research is central to the mission of higher education. SHARE is funded, in part, by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). SHARE is on the web at http://www.share-research.org/.

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