SHARE: Shared Access Research Ecosystem – Jisc and CNI conference 10 July 2014


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  • So before we talk more about SHARE, I want to talk about a larger concept, Coherence at Scale
  • SHARE: Shared Access Research Ecosystem – Jisc and CNI conference 10 July 2014

    1. 1. SHARE: Shared Access Research Ecosystem Elliott Shore
    2. 2. A talk in five parts 1. Quick introduction to SHARE 2. A surfeit of individual projects 3. An historical interlude 4. Searching for Coherence 5. Back to SHARE
    3. 3. 1. Introducing SHARE SHARE is a higher education and research community initiative to advance the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs.
    4. 4. SHARE will develop solutions that address the compelling interest shared by researchers, libraries, universities, funding agencies, and other key stakeholders to maximize research impact, today and in the future.
    5. 5. SHARE aims to make the inventory of research assets more discoverable and more accessible and to enable the research community to build upon these assets in creative and productive ways.
    6. 6. SHARE Partnership
    7. 7. Center for Open Science SHARE Development Partner
    8. 8. Building open scholarship infrastructure • Open Science Framework • Reproducibility Projects • Badges for Open Practices Center for Open Science
    9. 9. What Is The Goal of SHARE? – Creating robust ecosystem of repositories – Leveraging existing research environment – Capturing and exposing research outputs – Enabling and enhancing discovery, access, reuse, preservation
    10. 10. Current Situation • Difficulty in keeping abreast of release of publications, datasets, other research outputs • No single, structured way to report research output releases in timely and ubiquitous manner • Emphasis on publications = data silos, data version control morass, incomplete contextualization 2. A surfeit of individual projects
    11. 11. Here is a subset of another space That also cries out for coherence
    12. 12. 3. An historical interlude
    13. 13. Continuities: Legacy Thinking • The library is the institution that bears the deepest marks of the thinking of the last century and a half. • It was a time when many thought that the increasingly complex world that was emerging in the mid-to-late 19th century could be managed through reducing each problem to discrete parts and tasks. • The legacy of 19th century thinking can perhaps be seen most clearly our organizational structures.
    14. 14. Change: Digital Disruption • The penetration of the dynamic, changeable nature of digital, Web-based, linked information technologies to universities and to research libraries has shown the fissures and exposed the assumptions in some of the fixed structures into which we have organized ourselves and how we think about our work. • Then: Discrete Now: Fluid • Then: Contained Now: Ubiquitous • Then: One profession Now: Many professions • Then: Hierarchal and rigid Now: Collaborative
    15. 15. Finding a Middle Ground • Old ways of thinking effect how we tackle new problems. • Can we weigh our older ideas of order against the new realities we face? • Can we get beyond binary oppositions: – centralization versus decentralization – control versus openness – fixed versus shifting categories
    16. 16. 4. Searching for Coherence “The inherited norms, customs, traditions, and institutions that have structured research and teaching now need to be constructively challenged, redefined, and subsequently reassembled. The next two decades could witness an extraordinary fluorescence of activity among universities and colleges focused on repositioning, consolidation, and convergence.” - Charles Henry, “Higher Ground.”
    17. 17. The Opportunities • We are a long way down the path of experimentation. • We have many of the parts of the puzzle in our hands. • We have sympathetic funders. • We have a need to reduce the cost of higher education. • We have a tradition of cooperation and collaboration.
    18. 18. How Coherence at Scale could work Discovery Curation Access and Reuse Preservation Instead of every institution recreating the cycle alone… … can we connect existing large-scale digital initiatives into a coherent system?
    19. 19. The Concerns • We take pride in our own projects and want to see them grow and prosper, tend them, and protect them. • We compete with one another for funding these projects – in the US its called the $20,000 person – securing each individual project rather than the whole field. • We are subject to our own local issues which usually trump the larger good. • We are both goaded on by commercial interests and often take cheaper immediate measures rather than looking towards long-term solutions. • Crisis moments often lead to institutional rather than collective decision-making processes.
    20. 20. 5. Back to SHARE
    21. 21. Notification Service
    22. 22. Research Release Events (Source)
    23. 23. Research Release Events (Consumer)
    24. 24. Registry
    25. 25. Registry and Discovery
    26. 26. Who Benefits? Researchers Universities Funding Agencies Industry General Public
    27. 27. SHARE and Other Researcher Initiatives CHORUS ORCID CrossRef/FundRef International
    28. 28. What about … Data? Author rights? Institutional rights? Text- and data-mining? Sharing? Reuse? Interoperability?
    29. 29. Final Thoughts • “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” James Baldwin • “…collaboration, diversity, the exchange of ideas, and building on other people's achievements are at the heart of the creative process. An education that focuses only on the individual in isolation is bound to frustrate some of those possibilities.” Sir Ken Robinson
    30. 30. Web: E-mail: Twitter: @SHARE_research Knowledge Base:
    31. 31. Questions?