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SHARE Overview by Walters and Ruttenberg Published in EDUCAUSE Review

educause-review-e-content-logoTyler Walters, dean of university libraries at Virginia Tech and co-chair of the SHARE Steering Group, and Judy Ruttenberg, program director for transforming research libraries at ARL, provide an overview of the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) in the “E-Content” column of the March/April 2014 issue of EDUCAUSE Review. SHARE is a higher education and research community initiative to ensure the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) partnered to develop SHARE with significant input from the three associations’ member institutions and their broader stakeholder communities. SHARE is guided by a steering group drawing from the leadership and membership of ARL, AAU, and APLU. The steering group oversees four SHARE working groups, which include representation from libraries, higher education administration, sponsored research offices, faculty, repositories, IT units, research funders, publishers, and other stakeholders.

In EDUCAUSE Review, Walters and Ruttenberg describe SHARE’s first project—the SHARE Notification Service—as well as the other three layers of SHARE that will be developed in tandem with the Notification Service:

  • A distributed content and registry layer that can accommodate research data as well as publications
  • A discovery layer to help interested parties find research outputs across repositories
  • A content-aggregation layer that moves beyond curation and discovery to facilitate data and text mining of large bodies of content, as well as other community-driven value-added services

The authors note, “Together, these three program elements plus the notification system promise to advance the research and information ecosystem in service to researchers, research universities, funding organizations, and members of the public who access, use, and account for research outputs. The central value proposition for higher education is the ability to engage the public by communicating the results of research in a timely and transparent manner that facilitates unfettered access to research outputs. Libraries, their repositories, and associated services are working to be valuable leaders and partners in this effort.”

For more information about this initiative, visit the SHARE webpage and follow SHARE on Twitter at @SHARE_research and on Facebook at SHARE.research.

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