SHARE – Another Piece Of The Open Access Puzzle?

In recounting developments in U.S. open access policy, I have focused on agency efforts and the emergence of CHORUS, an attempt by publishers to keep eyeballs on research via their journals.  Outside of individual institutions’ efforts, I have not posted much about how higher education is addressing the open access requirements set out by the Office of Science and Technology Policy back in 2013.

One thing I missed from this 2014 update to Congress on open access policies is the development of SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem).  A project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU), SHARE appears to focus on means of sharing access to research results across institutions.  I’m tentative in my writing as the project is not as far along.  According to the latest Update newsletter, the public beta should be available sometime this month.  SHARE is focused first on a notification service, and will then work on means for sharing research data.  This is key, as CHORUS does not include research data in its system.  As that is a key part of the open access directive, SHARE, or systems like it, can help agencies address those obligations.

The desired end state of SHARE is outlined in this EDUCAUSE Review article.  Besides the notification service, there should be a content layer to handle both data sets and research articles, an index to allow for discovery across several different repositories, and a means to conduct value-added work (data mining, visualization, etc.).

If your institution isn’t aware of SHARE, and has content worth connecting to the effort, please have the appropriate people contact the project.

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