March Highlight on Data Repositories: figshare

This month, we’d like to highlight figshare:

What is figshare?

figshare is an open data repository founded January 2011 by Mark Hahel and supported by Digital Science. Its mission is to make data more easily discoverable, citable, and shareable. figshare is partnered with open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS) to host supplemental data for their journals and provide widgets to view inline data alongside articles.

How does deposit work?

All depositors must register for an account. Researchers may upload data in any format and are given unlimited space for data made freely available on the site and 1 GB of storage for private data. Public-facing datasets will be issued a DOI and licensed under CC0, or no rights reserved. All other objects, including posters, papers, and media, are similarly issued a DOI, but are licensed under CC-BY. Version control is supported, so you may alter your public and private data.

How persistent is the repository?
figshare is partnered with the CLOCKSS Archive to preserve all public content. If figshare goes out of business or its servers experience catastrophic failure, CLOCKSS will trigger and release all materials through the University of Edinburgh and Stanford University.

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