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SHARE: Infrastructure for Open Scholarship, by Judy Ruttenberg in C&RL News

Judy Ruttenberg

The December 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries News features an article by SHARE co-lead Judy Ruttenberg that highlights SHARE’s role in supporting two recent developments in research and scholarship: (1) sharing research findings faster through discipline-based preprint services and (2) elevating contextual research objects such as code, software, and data to first-class research objects worthy of independent review and recognition. Ruttenberg notes:

SHARE is a technology platform that aggregates free, open metadata about scholarship across the research life cycle (including proposals, registrations, data, publications, and more) from more than 125 sources, and is steadily adding more metadata providers. SHARE is discipline-agnostic in schema and in type of metadata source.

Ruttenberg discusses how SHARE is accomplishing its mission to maximize research impact by making research widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable. She concludes with a call to academic libraries to support infrastructure for open scholarship even more than they currently do, by participating in and using SHARE:

Many academic libraries already support common infrastructure by promoting open licensing of content, expanding the use of ORCID iDs and other identifiers, and offering services to researchers to assist with public or open deposit. Providing a metadata feed to SHARE, curating the metadata SHARE collects, and using SHARE data to augment and power discovery are all additional tangible contributions that libraries can make to an open, accessible 21st-century scholarly record.

Read “SHARE: Infrastructure for Open Scholarship” in College & Research Libraries News 77, no. 11.


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. SHARE is a partnership between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Center for Open Science (COS), underwritten in part by generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The SHARE initiative was founded in 2013 by ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). As co-founders, AAU and APLU continue their support of SHARE and are represented through ex officio membership on the project’s Advisory Board.

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