To promote openness and collaboration in research, eLife joined SHARE – an initiative creating a free, open dataset of research metadata.
To maximise research impact by making it widely accessible, discoverable, and reusable, SHARE aims to gather a rich dataset about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle. In March 2016 SHARE harvested the archive of eLife published articles and now updates their service with new eLife content on a regular basis.
SHARE gathers, cleans, links, and enhances metadata that describes research activities and outputs and makes that data freely available. It enables effective collaboration, development of new services, analysis of impact and compliance in research.
SHARE’s first project, SHARE Notify, generates a feed of research release events to subscribers such as individual researchers, funding agencies, sponsored research offices, institutional repositories, and disciplinary repositories. This service gives subscribers the information they need to find new research and new collaborators and to track the outcomes, outputs, and impact of specific research projects.
There are currently more than 100 providers involved and new organisations are invited to register through SHARE website.
The initiative is led by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Center for Open Science (COS) with the support of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.