Figshare data management

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Figshare, an online digital repository for academic researchers, has announced the next generation of its data management platform targeted at academic researchers – ranging from individuals to teams in all-sized organisations – as well as funders and publishers. Figshare says it is introducing significant new capabilities designed to meet the challenges in collecting and sharing data.

The company says the enhancements include key new capabilities in the areas of control, discoverability and usability:

Control: the enhancements allow control over private or commercially sensitive data including clinical trial data, whilst at the same time promoting best practices and rewarding openness.

Discoverability: the new discoverability enhancements saves researchers’ time by making it easier to collect and find content most relevant to them.

Usability: the new usability functionality builds on an already intuitive interface, including enhanced features and capabilities that increase the robustness and ease in making data available, while showcasing the research and authors who created the data.

'Researchers from all areas tell us they see the amount of data growing exponentially year-over-year and are faced with the challenge of storing, managing, disseminating and reproducing the large and diverse data sets being generated in today’s ever-more collaborative world,' said Mark Hahnel, Figshare CEO.

'Our goal is to provide tools that enable control and reuse, while recognising that some data contains personal, ethical or commercially sensitive information that cannot be made available to the general public.'  

Hahnel continued: 'After nearly five years delivering a product to the marketplace, our team has worked closely with our core customers to develop this next-generation platform.

'From these customer discussions, we have incorporated unprecedented levels of control to promote best practice while also enabling openness, as well as enhanced features to enable users to easily collect and find their research.'