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posted on 18.08.2020, 14:43 by Ana Van GulickAna Van Gulick
Highlighted Use Cases from the NIH Figshare Instance

The NIH Figshare Instance ( was a successful pilot data repository project conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in partnership with Figshare as part of an initiative to understand the role of generalist repositories in making datasets and other materials resulting from NIH-funded research openly accessible. The 12-month project clearly demonstrated that there is a need for a generalist repository for NIH-funded research and that a gap exists in particular for data and other research materials that do not fit into a discipline-specific repository and/or require significant storage larger than several GBs. Additionally, there is a particular need to support NIH intramural researchers who do not have an institutional repository to fill this gap. Further, the project demonstrated that checks of deposits and metadata by a research curator improve the data sharing experience for researchers and enhance the FAIR-ness (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) of research. Overall, data sharing is of growing importance in biomedical science and generalist repositories such as Figshare play an important role in the research repository landscape.

Across the 12 months of the NIH Figshare pilot, we observed that researchers used NIH Figshare in a variety of ways including for intramural and extramural work, for research from a wide range of discipline and methodologies, to share single items and collections with 20 items, to share large files over 500GB and to upload thousands of files with the API, to share datasets, images, movies, workflows, figures, and more, and to share materials that support preprints and publications. The following 10 highlights showcase the range of use cases observed in NIH Figshare by providing a snapshot of specific public items and their features.