figshare: FAQ

  1. What is melbourne.figshare.com?

    melbourne.figshare.com is a cloud-based platform that University researchers can use to publish their research data and make them citable via DOIs. All published data is stored at the University's data centre. For a detailed description and feature list, please click here.

  2. Who can access figshare?

    melbourne.figshare.com is available for all University staff and researchers (including RHD students) via their University credentials. figshare is currently NOT enabled for use by undergraduate or master by coursework students.

  3. Why use it?

    melbourne.figshare.com is a free, easy-to-use service for the University community. Researchers can upload data to enable it to be cited in any file format, something you cannot do in traditional publications. It's a collaborative space for you to share your data with others, grow your portfolio of research data by making it visible to others and showcase your department's work to the wider community - an advantage when applying for grants or jobs. You have lots of storage capacity (100GB), and maintain control over your data and who you choose to see it - keep it private, share with select individuals or make public. The service is 100% trustworthy because all data is stored on the University storage system. To see how else melbourne.figshare.com can meet your needs, please click here.

  4. Is the data safe and secure?

    melbourne.figshare.com is an interface - all data uploaded to the service is stored, operated from and backed up on the University's highly resilient back end infrastructure, so it will never be lost. It is 100% trustworthy, safe and secure.

  5. Who can access my data?

    You maintain control over any data you upload and who can access it - keep it private, share with select individuals or make public to the world.

  6. What is a DOI and when would I want to use one?

    A DOI (digital object identifier) is a way to create a persistent citable link back to your research data, which can be used in scholarly circles to reference your data.

  7. When do I use figshare, and when do I use Minerva?

    Use Minerva to deposit theses and publications in appropriate formats. Use figshare to deposit any other research data you have, whether it is data you are collecting, data that supports a previous or pending publication, or anything else. If it is data that should be citable, you can also optionally create a DOI for it using melbourne.figshare.com. To work out which University service best suits your needs, please click here.

  8. What is the difference between figshare.com and melbourne.figshare.com?

    melbourne.figshare.com is a specialised service that has been tailored according to the specific needs and requirements of the University and our community of researchers. melbourne.figshare.com is free for the University's community to use, provides 100GB of data, and stores all data on the University's storage system. In comparison, figshare.com is a commercial service that gives you 1GB of storage, imposes a 5GB transfer limit on your data, and stores your data at figshare in the UK. To see how else melbourne.figshare.com differs, please click here.

  9. What about copyright?

    All data uploaded to melbourne.figshare.com is protected by copyright. You can select the licence best suited to your needs. All data is owned, operated from and stored on the University's storage system.

  10. How do I access figshare?

    Go to melbourne.figshare.com and log in using your University credentials. Select 'The University of Melbourne' from the drop-down menu, and the two boxes underneath (to skip this step in the future). Login using your University credentials once more.

  11. Who do I contact for help using the service?

    Online user guides and videos can be accessed at: bit.ly/figshareSupport. Email: research-data@unimelb.edu.au if your question cannot be answered.

  12. Why does the University want figshare? What business requirements/needs does it meet, what problem does it solve?

    melbourne.figshare.com is a specialised service that has been tailored according to the specific needs and requirements of the University and our community of researchers. The service meets a number of needs previously identified by our research community that are not met by any other University products. To see how melbourne.figshare.com differs from other services at the University, please click here.

  13. What happens to my data if the figshare service ends?

    melbourne.figshare.com is an interface - all data uploaded to the service is stored, operated from and backed up on the University's highly resilient back end infrastructure. This means that your data will never be lost - even if the service ends. melbourne.figshare.com is 100% trustworthy, safe and secure to use, now and always. Any DOIs that are assigned will be preserved.

  14. I've read that not all melbourne.figshare.com features are available yet, should I wait to use the service when all the features are there?

    There is no better time to start using melbourne.figshare.com than now! New features will be rolled out to melbourne.figshare.com in the coming months, but they will only enhance your experience. As an early adopter of the service you will join a forward-thinking community of like-minded researchers, save valuable work time and help grow your portfolio of work. Why wait! For a complete list of upcoming features, please see here.

  15. What happens when you leave the University?

    The institutional figshare service will end on the same day you leave the University. Everything that has been published through figshare will be permanently available and the DOIs will be maintained and managed by the University. Any unpublished files and data that you wish to keep must be exported or transferred to an alternative storage solution before your end date at the University.

  16. I'm interested in finding out more information, who do I contact?

    Please email us at research-data@unimelb.edu.au with any quesiton you might have regarding figshare service.