In the academic/research world, the main tool to share knowledge are the articles published in scientific journals. We can use conferences and books, but they are not so important. However, there are many other research outputs that researchers can’t share with other colleagues: complementary figures, posters, filesets, datasets, media, drafts, etc. So, there is a lot knowledge and resources that end up disappearing.

To resolve this problem, Digital Science has created: figshare, 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.


The main features of this service are:

  • 1Gb of private space
  • Unlimited public space
  • All published research is citable
  • Upload all formats (images, graphs, videos, datasets, etc.)
  • Cloud based (Secure and accessible from anywhere)
  • Collaborative spaces.
  • All objects on figshare have an associated DOI.
  • All figures, media, poster, papers and multiple file uploads (filesets) are published under a CC-BY license.

The free account gives us: 1GB, A maximum size limit of 250Mb, 1 Collaborative space for 5 collaborators, and unlimited public space. If you need more resources, there are rates from 6 to 11 euros per month.

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