On the Scholarly Kitchen blog today, August 27, 2015, Alice Meadows of ORCID writes about “Reasons to Be Cheerful: Some Thoughts on the SHARE Summer 2015 Meeting.” In her blog post, Meadows provides her perspective on the meeting and why it inspired her to be optimistic about SHARE, a higher education initiative that is building a free, open data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle.
Much of SHARE’s strength lies in its community participation and collaborative approach. As Meadows notes:
SHARE is a (surprisingly) broad church—at least in terms of the organizations represented at their Summer Meeting. Although the majority were from universities and other research institutes, invited guests also included representatives from funders (federal and private), commercial entities such as Thomson Reuters and Microsoft, other nonprofits including CASRAI, CHORUS, DuraSpace, NISO, ORCID, and Portico. And there was a lot of emphasis on the need for SHARE to collaborate—and integrate—with these groups, for example, in order to share metadata.
Meadows concludes, “It’s not all sunshine and flowers, of course—there’s still much work to be done…But developing a strong and open infrastructure that will help maximize research impact—and doing so in collaboration with partners both nonprofit and commercial—is certainly a great start!”
Read more about the summer 2015 SHARE Community Meeting on the SHARE website.
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. 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). Visit http://www.share-research.org/ to learn more.