January 18, 2022

New EDUCAUSE Article Provides Useful Overview of SHare Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

An overview article about SHARE appears in the new issue of EDUCAUSE Review.

The article was written by:

  • Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries at Virginia Tech & Co-Chair of the SHARE Steering Group
  • Judy Ruttenberg, Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

At the bottom of this post are links to a number of additional items to learn more about SHARE including the project plan that was released on February 6, 2014.

From EDUCAUSE Review:

SHARE’s central tenet is that policies expanding public access should provide an opportunity for higher education institutions—individually and collectively—to fulfill their missions to create, disseminate, and preserve knowledge. Higher education is not the only institutional actor involved in disseminating and preserving knowledge; in fact, it shares this role with non-profit publishers, commercial publishers, and scholarly and scientific societies.


The successful development and deployment of the SHARE notification system will make it possible for stakeholders to encourage the long-term vision of a robust national and international repository network that includes not only the notification system but also three other cornerstones of SHARE:

  • A distributed content and registry layer that can accommodate research datasets as well as scholarly and scientific publications. SHARE leaders foresee that research information systems can be leveraged and modified to meet, in part, the goals of this element of the program.
  • A discovery layer comprising new and existing systems that will be optimized by interested parties to improve the ability to find research outputs across repositories. This SHARE program element leverages and adds value to the more than 400 open-access repositories currently in operation in the United States and the more than 2,200 worldwide.
  • A content-aggregation layer that moves beyond curation and discovery to facilitate the mining and visualization of large corpora of text, image, and other data, as well as other community-driven value-added services. Currently there are “at scale” initiatives that the SHARE program envisions exploiting in the use and analysis of research content.

Read the Complete EDUCAUSE Article

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.