Thank you, figshare!

The RDAP Summit is THIS WEEK! Select happy hour spots accordingly.

Our Summit was lucky to receive support from many generous sponsors. The RDAP community is grateful to libraries, foundations, professional organizations, and data publishers who share a commitment to the work of data access and preservation. One of those sponsors is figshare.


Our friends at figshare support the 2016 RDAP Summit as a Partner. Partners are the superheroes of the Summit and our community, and we salute them today!

Most research data professionals are familiar with figshare, the open, free, multidisciplinary data repository. figshare provides researchers an option to share their data on a platform that encourages citation and facilitates discovery. Check out some ways figshare is making the process of data sharing better for our researchers:

  • Portals. Publishers and conferences understand the importance of responsibly sharing data and supplementary materials, and bonus! portals on figshare gives them the flexibility to support even more file types than they could on their own.

  • Consistently easy to use. When figshare joined Digital Science and did a massive redesign, they stuck to an intuitive, “stupidly simple” interface that respects researchers’ time and needs.

  • Improved personal accounts. This isn’t a “freemium” service. Only one account tier is available on figshare, and it has stellar features for every user.

In the current research climate, a data repository should conform to certain values (open science, supporting reproducibility) and also demonstrate real, tangible practices to which data management professionals can point researchers and their institutions. The RDAP community is all-too-familiar with disciplinary data repositories built on short-term grants. Some of us are familiar with the challenges of managing a repository. Many of us have worked with repositories as users. We think long-term and strive to balance ease-of-use with requirements for reuse and reproducibility. Similarly, the people who run figshare understand these challenges and care enough to do something about them. They stay sustainable long-term by building partnerships with institutions and publishers, which also creates opportunities to innovate (hi there, built-in 3D Crystallographic Information File viewer!). They were the first data repository to join the Digital Preservation Network. They build in new features like embargoes and confidential file types that we know our researchers want and need.

If you work at an academic institution, plan major conferences, or have relationships with publishers of any size, look into figshare for institutions and publishers. Even if you have an existing institutional or organizational data repository, it’s worth exploring, since figshare can integrate with software like DSpace and Fedora, and RIMS like Pure.

Keep an eye out for figshare this week! Thanks again to figshare for supporting RDAP!