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General information
Description Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.

Figshare allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow.
Organisation Figshare

Digital Science
Macmillan Glasshouse Building
2 Trematon Walk
Wharfdale Road
(t) +44 (0) 20 7418 5573
(f) +44 (0) 20 7014 4180
Type of service Storage facility
Legislation UK law
Usage and appreciation
Support organisation e-mail:
twitter: @figshare
facebook :
Stage in the research project During, After
Postion within the research process4. Preserving data, 5. Giving access to data, 6. Re-using data
Domain 1. Private Research Domain, 3. Shared Research Domain, 5. Public Domain
Type of data 1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases, 3. Processed data and data representations, 4. Publications with dataFigshare cooperates with nature, Plos and Taylor&Francis
Data curation5. Store, 6. Acces, use and re-use
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatie, Klasse 2 voor interne informatie [voor een beperkte groep]
Administrative information
Funding FIgshare LLP has received investment from Digital Science. figshare is not owned by Digital Science and operates as an independent company. Digital Science is part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

Digital Science has also acted as an incubator for figshare since its inception, providing invaluable business and stategic advice, particularly with regards to sustainability. Our sustainability model involves providing services for publishers such as PLOS, Wiley and Nature, as well as Institutions such as Stockholm University and the University of Melbourne.
Depositor agreement 
User agreement All publicly stored research outputs are stored under Creative Commons Licenses.
Intellectual property CC-BY, CC-0 
Data curation strategy Version Control
Target group
Faculty General, Science
Primary target group
Secondary target group
Classification of the service
Availability All content hosted on figshare can be downloaded by anyone, with no need to log in. The content can be mass downloaded or mined using the figshare API, also available to anyone at
Integrity Data files and metadata are backed up nightly and replicated into multiple copies in the online system. stores research outputs directly in Amazon Web Service's S3 buckets.

Amazon S3’s standard storage is:
•Backed with the Amazon S3 Service Level Agreement for availability.
•Designed for 99.999999999% durability and 99.99% availability of objects over a given year.
•Designed to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities.
Confidentiality This option is only available to paying institutions on request
Accepted metadata formats Public files hosted on figshare are minted with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) from DataCite, through the California Digital Library. In order to comply with DataCite metadata requirements, figshare requires users to add the following information before making files public and citable: Title, author list (ordered), categories (set ontology), tags (free text) and a description with as much context as needed to interpret the files. Users can also add links to external sources.

Institutional clients can define their own metadata standards when implementing figshare.
Accepted content types
Accepted preferred formats figshare accepts the upload of any file formats and we aim to visualise all of them in the browser.
Accepteerde file formats
Maximum size of deposits
Version management Yes
Quality control
Access requirements All content hosted on figshare can be downloaded by anyone, with no need to log in. The content can be mass downloaded or mined using the figshare API, also available to anyone at
Tools / Interfaces for access The content can be mass downloaded or mined using the figshare API, also available to anyone at
(Persistent) identifiers DOI
Long term guarantees Items will be retained for the lifetime of the repository - we have agreements in place with publishers such as Nature, PLOS, Wiley and Taylor & Francis to ensure the data persists for a minimum of 10 years.

Figshare’s sustainability model includes the continued hosting and persistence of all public research outputs
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories
Preservation strategy
Storage All personal accounts are free and offer the following limits : private storage 20GB
file size limit 5GB
10 collaborative spaces
unlimited collaborators per space
public space unlimited

Institutional pricing on application.
Access No costs for personal accounts
Preservation No costs for personal accounts
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University