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Introducing the University of Leicester Figshare for data platform

The University of Leicester Figshare powered institutional data repository web-based platform is now available. The University of Leicester Figshare research data platform serves any academic discipline, and researchers can upload the processed data that either directly supports their research, or that constitutes a research output in its own right.

The University of Leicester’s Figshare solution enables staff, PhD students and researchers to meet the growing demands by research funding agencies and journal publishers for open access (or appropriate access) to data underpinning published research.  The new data repository provides a secure, long-term space for a wide range of content; all on one platform that encourages collaboration. The solution will also allow for the easy citation and re-use of their digital research data by making it discoverable, citable and shareable from anywhere.

Figshare for data is accessible anywhere on the Web and is a simple, easy option for sharing files with off-campus collaborators. The platform also offers a range of options for specifying the level of access others can have to the data and restrict it where necessary.

Early adopters
If you have research data that you wish to deposit then please feel free to do so during this 'soft launch' period. The official launch is planned for early 2019, where we will be showcasing University of Leicester research data outputs. The University Library research services team welcome your feedback about how you found the process and whether everything worked as you would have expected. We support our researchers throughout the research data-management lifecycle, providing help with data management planning, data publication services, and data preservation and archiving. Please contact us for advice and guidance at

Guidance on deposit
Depositing/uploading into the Leicester data platform is a very easy process and we have provided full guidance on the process and workflow for depositing your research data. You can log-in the Figshare Leicester platform by using your University authentication, namely your University username and password.

Any data output which is deposited in Figshare for data will be given a citable Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Data that can be uploaded, includes:
  •         Data which supports published research
  •         Data required to be preserved by your funder
  •         Data required to be preserved by your publisher
  •         Data with a recognised long term value to you
  •         Data with a recognised long term value to other researchers
  •         Data which cannot be easily replicated
If there already exists a specialist data repository in your discipline, you should use that in preference to the University of Leicester Figshare platform. The Re3data website lists most existing research data repositories and archives.

Training and RDM drop-in clinics
We will be offering a series of training workshops and events, as part of the Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme, from October 2018. We will also be located in the Doctoral College Reading Room every Friday for the rest of the year (either AM or PM), to assist with data deposit, and any queries you may have on data sharing.

Please do let us know if you are interested in hosting any bespoke training sessions for your research group.

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