Figshare launches service enabling institutions to securely host and publicise research

Figshare, a service which allows researchers to easily share and credit their work, has launched a new solution to enable any academic institution to both securely host and make public its research.

The new service, Figshare for Institutions, allows organisations to publish, share and get credit for their research data, as well as host videos, datasets, posters, figures and papers in a cost-effective way.

Institutions can choose to make as little or as much of its research publicly available as it requires.

Research can be easily aggregated at both departmental and institutional level. Researchers can quickly upload their data and easily retrieve research and data with simple file curation.

The uploaded outputs can then be made available publicly with just one click. The research is citable and trackable via a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and detailed reporting metrics are available for the institution, to track the interest in its publicly available research.

Mark Hahnel, founder of Figshare said: "Academics can struggle to organise their research outputs, as I once did. Figshare for Institutions integrates into their existing workflow so that their data management requirements are complied with subconsciously.

"The institutions also benefit by seeing the full reputational impact of all of the research they generate, a huge step up from the silo-ed system that exists within many research organisations at the moment."

Figshare is hosted using Amazon Web Services to ensure a high level of security and stability for the data. Amazon S4 stores multiple redundant copies of information so users never have to worry about losing a master copy.

All uploads are time-stamped to help prevent plagiarism and a private collaborative spaces feature allows users to keep their research visible only to themselves, or available to specified collaborators.