Sloan Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Develop SHARE for Access to Publicly Funded Research

Sloan Foundation Awards ARL Grant to Develop SHARE for Access to Publicly Funded Research

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop the proposed SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research articles and data sets associated with federal funding.

Through SHARE, universities and their libraries aim to enhance the public discovery and reuse of articles and data that result from public funding. ARL has long worked to promote open access publishing as a means to spur innovation and advance science and research. “When the OSTP directive was issued, the ARL Board cheered,” said Elliott Shore, ARL executive director. “We are eager to engage with the university repository community, offices of sponsored research, and federal agencies directly to make this policy a success. The OSTP policy created a timely opportunity for the higher education community to better structure its strategies and systems for managing both data and publications. SHARE aims to take advantage of this opportunity to explore workflow solutions for research funded by federal agencies and, potentially, other funding bodies.”

More information about SHARE is available at: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/public-access-policies/shared-access-research-ecosystem-share

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