At figshare, we believe in partnering with the community in order to build tools that matter to them, which fits into existing workflows whilst also helping to further the research data agenda. There’s no greater example of this than our partnership with Monash University in Australia and it was our great pleasure to attend the launch of their figshare service last week. Their latest research data management service now allows researchers to store, share and make their data available while retaining control of access rights, re-use conditions and ownership.
Over the past 2 years we have been working with David Groenewegen, Director of Research and his team in the library, along with the eSolutions department to develop figshare for Institutions. This ultimately meant completely rebuilding figshare from the ground up in order to cater to the diverse needs of institutions around the world. Among the many innovations, figshare is now able to store data in places other than our default Amazon Web Services S3 storage. For Monash University we plugged into Vicnode storage, part of the Australian national network of Research Data Services (RDS). As a result data, do not leave Victoria, Australia so Monash researchers can rest assured they are compliant with Australia’s data sovereignty regulations.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) said Monash figshare instance is part of a wider research data ecosystem that gives the University’s researchers a strong competitive advantage.
“We understand that researchers want to be able to manage their data in ways that they control, that comply with their needs and obligations, and that make sense and fit well with their workflows and disciplinary expectations.
“We are committed to provide the tools and services that enable this, and which will persist beyond the life of a project or paper. figshare is a key plank in this ecosystem of services,” Professor Smith said.
(left to right) David Groenewegen, Cathrine Harboe-Ree, Professor Ian Smith, Dr Mark Hahnel
The pioneering platform piloted at institutions in the UK, Australasia, USA and mainland Europe.
Dr Mark Hahnel, CEO and founder of figshare said they have been promoting open data, while understanding that some sensitive data, such as patient data, must remain private.
“Through close partnerships with pilot partners including Monash, we have developed a system that satisfies institutions’ needs for better management and control of research outputs while complying with funders’ open data mandates,” Dr Hahnel said.
Developed by the library and eSolutions teams at Monash in partnership with the team at figshare, the service has seen several Monash researchers move in early and uptake has been encouraging.
University Librarian Cathrine Harboe-Ree said it was pleasing to see associate professors and professors among the largest groups to have published to Monash figshare.
“There have been 118 items published to date including data, articles, presentations, images and videos. These are all openly accessible,” Ms Harboe-Ree reported.
Monash figshare portal
Some researchers have also stored data and have chosen to keep them private.
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