Describe your organization’s role in Research Data Management
Figshare is cloud-based infrastructure for citing, sharing, and discovering research outputs. We work with universities, publishers, government organizations, funders, labs, and individuals to host research data and non-traditional research outputs.
Who are you and what do you do?
Megan Hardeman, Head of Engagement: I work with our customers to engage and advocate data sharing with their researchers.
Natasha Punia, Operations Manager: Identify, develop and implement processes and solutions to improve our customer’s experience.
Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?
This is the first time for both of us – we’re really excited!
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?
Hearing from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences in the research data space and sharing these learnings with the community of organizations using Figshare.
What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?
Megan: I’m really excited about the possibilities of visualizing data to make it even more interactive and engaging for audiences. I’m particularly interested to see how the reusable aspect of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) can help facilitate the creation of these visualizations by ensuring data is as open as possible and the metadata is thoroughly documented. We did some work on this last year that is available here: https://figshare.com/blog/Building_visualizations_from_FAIR_data_on_Figshare/449
Natasha: How we will tackle the challenge of assuring data trustworthiness, where there is no obvious solution and this is especially challenging for generalist data repositories and institutions. We can draw upon lessons from traditional outputs, such as the peer review process of journal articles, but this is also a chance to build something new as a community. There are few solutions already in existence, on a small-scale, and I’m excited to see how these will evolve and how we (as a generalist data repository) can work with them.
What else should the RDAP community know about you and Figshare?
Around this year’s theme of community, Figshare has a strong community of research data managers, librarians, IT professionals, and researchers that help steer product development, share their experiences of research data management with us and other organizations using Figshare, and share their stories of open data and open research:
- We have a Slack community of over 250 members chatting about our API, researcher engagement techniques, product development, and more
- The Figshare Ambassador Programme has over 80 members from 33 countries, all from a variety of backgrounds but with a passion for open research
- There are over 30 case studies on researchers’ experiences with research data management and open data
- School of Batman is a Figshare-powered podcast where we ask researchers to help Batman fight crime using their research
These are just some of the ways we’re involved in the research data community – we’ll share more during our lightning talk!
Why is sponsoring RDAP important to you?
This is our fourth year in a row of sponsoring RDAP and we’re honored to continue to help support a platform for research data managers and librarians to exchange ideas and knowledge. Sponsoring RDAP also gives us an opportunity to speak with members of the community and further our own knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by research data managers, librarians, and researchers.
For more about Figshare
Visit the Figshare table at the RDAP Summit or go to https://figshare.com/ to learn more.