by Mark Hahnel
figshare today announces the launch of ‘figshare for Institutions’ - a simple and cost-effective software solution for academic and higher education establishments to both securely host and make publicly available its academic research outputs. figshare, allows academic institutions to publish, share and get credit for their research data, hosting videos, datasets, posters, figures and theses in a cost-effective way.
- Large amounts of secure, private storage plus unlimited public space.
- Simple, institution-wide management and monitoring of all research outputs for institution staff with subject categorisation per department
- Access controlled team sharing and collaborative spaces with the ability to add notes and comments to files.
- An institutional dashboard with detailed metrics on the impact of publicly available data
- All research outputs can be made citable, visualisable, embeddable and trackable with one click.
- The ability to push research to any internal repository.
- Institution–wide compliance with open data requirements of funding bodies.
- Dedicated support team.
With new funder mandates, researchers as well as institutions are faced with a research data management problem. figshare for institutions provides a solution for both of these stakeholders by catering to their individual needs. For researchers, they are given large amounts of private storage space, to better manage their research outputs in the cloud. The intuitive interface, which academics rarely get to see, allows them to quickly upload their data and just as easily find the files again by filtering on keywords and the type of file. When it comes to complying with mandates, these research outputs are then just one click away from being made openly and persistently available, as well as citable and trackable via a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). These publicly available files are aggregated at the departmental and institutional level, automatically providing a self-populating institutional repository with reporting capabilities.
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