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24 February 2016

The Monash Figshare team at the official launch.
(L-R) David Groenewegen, Cathrine Harboe-Ree, Professor Ian Smith and Dr Mark Hahnel of Figshare, at the launch.

Our latest research data management service now allows researchers to store, share and make their data available while retaining control of access rights and re-use conditions.

Monash Figshare offers the latest in cloud-based technology while ensuring valuable research data is stored securely.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Ian Smith, Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) said Monash Figshare 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.

The pioneering platform piloted at institutions in the UK, Australasia 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.

Researchers have praised the simplicity and accessibility of the platform. Professor Rob Hyndman (Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics) described Monash Figshare as extremely easy to use.

“Other nice features include each document having its own DOI, and the use of tags and categories to enhance searchability,” Professor Hyndman said.

Some researchers have also stored data and have chosen to keep them private.

Check the website to find out more about Monash Figshare.

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