Using figshare to enable data sharing

July 1, 2015 Natasha White


figshare You are no doubt aware of the growing interest in increasing access to publicly funded research data. The value of data – broadly defined as digital outputs of research – is recognized by funders globally and in all disciplines. Opening access to the world’s research data offers huge potential to improve the transparency of research, accelerate the pace of discovery, improve return on investment, and lead to a future in which more research can be independently verified or made reproducible. As the amount of data continues to grow and as technological barriers begin to subside, researchers increasingly want to share their own or gain access to other’s research data. Also a growing number of funders are starting to mandate open data, requesting that a researchers’ publicly funded data that informed their work be deposited in an appropriate public archive and made openly available. And working on developing mechanisms through which researchers can gain career credit through sharing their data. The good news is that this can lead to more transparency in research and an increase in the pace of scientific discovery, as results are both validated and built upon by other researchers.

According to Sherpa Juliet, there are now 34 funders who mandate open data, and a further 16 who encourage it. And as the global research output continues to rise, and previous technological barriers are broken down, it seems inevitable that more funders will add the archiving of data to their current mandates.

These evolving interests coupled with developments in technology present Wiley and our partners with an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the future of research dissemination. Wiley has just announced a partnership with data repository organization, figshare in an effort to support authors who wish to openly share their data, or who are required by funders to make their data publicly accessible.

What is figshare?
Figshare is a repository that allows you to upload, store and openly share research data. Wiley’s new data sharing service using Figshare lets you upload data within the existing manuscript submission workflow on the ScholarOne Manuscripts system. If your paper is accepted for publication, data files will be transferred automatically and deposited to the figshare data repository without charge or further work. A link to the data files on figshare appears within the published article on Wiley Online Library.

Now you’ll have the ability to display and share your data under a CCO license, as well as auto-generating a data accessibility statement for publication in your article. This will both aid overall discoverability of the article, and allow you to comply with funder mandates around open data, simply and quickly. The data is easy for readers to view, download and share, while funders can easily look at and evaluate data from the research that they have funded.

We’re committed to making life easier for authors and researchers as funder requirements evolve, and this partnership means that more data will be accessible and shareable from Wiley Online Library at no additional charge.

About the Author

Natasha White

Director, Open Access Marketing // As Associate Marketing Director, Author Engagement, I have responsibility for driving Open Access and Author Engagement Marketing Strategy.

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