Portland State University Library recently registered the Portland State institutional repository, PDXScholar, with SHARE:
“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.”
PDXScholar is one of 111 providers.
An ongoing challenge for digital repositories like PDXScholar is identifying and leveraging relationships among materials in separate repositories. SHARE allows researchers to search multiple research activities in one framework, so that repositories with different specializations and user communities can work together to provide greater services than any one repository can provide.
According to their website, “SHARE is gathering, cleaning, linking, and enhancing metadata that describes research activities and outputs—from data management plans and grant proposals to preprints, presentations, journal articles, and data repository deposits—in order to make this metadata openly and freely available. The initiative is also engaging the community to contribute authoritative metadata enhancements and to develop software code to help users get the most out of SHARE’s free and open data set.”
SHARE is led by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Center for Open Science (COS).