(14 April 2015) Stakeholders in the research enterprise—funding agencies, institutions, and individual researchers—often find it challenging to keep track of new research activities that may be relevant to their work. To make research more widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable, SHARE is launching today a public beta version of its free notification service, SHARE Notify.
SHARE Notify generates a normalized feed of research release events—such as posting a preprint to a disciplinary repository, depositing a data set into a data repository, publishing a peer-reviewed article—from diverse sources and with varied schema. This service will enable all stakeholders to have the information necessary to improve their workflows for tracking research outcomes, outputs, and impact. SHARE Notify currently includes metadata from 30 providers and more than 615,000 release events.
SHARE Notify is the first project of SHARE, a higher education initiative to maximize research impact. SHARE was co-founded by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in 2013 and is funded, in part, by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Center for Open Science (COS) has been SHARE’s technical partner since June 2014.
“The tools and workflows being developed by SHARE will help accelerate the progress of open access and open science,” said Kathleen Shearer, executive director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). “SHARE Notify will ensure greater transparency and awareness of research outputs, and enable the research community to more easily track compliance with open access policies.”
ARL president Deborah Jakubs said, “Today’s research libraries are partners in the research enterprise, more involved than ever in the creation and stewardship of scholarship within our institutions. Many libraries work with investigators on data management plans, manage institutional or disciplinary repositories, and publish scholarship. To fulfill this partnership role on terms favorable to the academy, research libraries need tools like SHARE Notify.”
“SHARE Notify is an important first step toward making university research outcomes much more readily discoverable and accessible in real time,” APLU president Peter McPherson and AAU president Hunter Rawlings said in a joint statement. “The research conducted at universities across the country stands to be better coordinated through the easier and greater public access that SHARE Notify allows. Developing a tool such as SHARE Notify is particularly important for government-sponsored research, but it is important for all research because it will promote our ability to make advances built on previous discoveries.”
“As we have seen at the Digital Public Library of America, sharing and combining the metadata from thousands of institutions creates a sum that is much greater than its parts,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA executive director. “For the first time, discovery can happen across the entire research landscape, and new forms of serendipity flourish as well.”
Try SHARE Notify
Researchers, institutions, and the public can use and contribute to SHARE Notify in several ways:
- Browse or search the SHARE Notify database to discover new research
- Subscribe to receive notifications of research release events
- Register to become a research metadata provider and make research more visible
Stay in Touch
Wide community input is vital for the success of the SHARE initiative. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback, inquiries, and to join the conversation about SHARE. To stay current on SHARE developments, sign up to receive the monthly SHARE Update via e-mail or follow SHARE on Twitter or Facebook. SHARE is on the web at http://www.share-research.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 creating an openly available data set about research 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).
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