Figshare, being FAIR and open data everywhere

Dr Mark Hahnel1, Mr Patrick Splawa-neyman1

1Figshare, London, United Kingdom


The presentation will discuss the FAIR data principles and how figshare currently supports them. Numerous webinars and seminars have covered the FAIR principles in general but this presentation will demonstrate with specific examples how figshare complies with the principles. As Figshare progresses from a data repository to a fully functional institutional repository, development work is required to ensure that figshare is FAIR for humans as well as machines. Figshare has been actively promoting the FAIR data principles since their inception and sees them as guiding principles that align with figshare’s ideal of reusable open data.

Additionally, in 2016, Figshare released the results of its first global survey of over 2000 researchers in a report that assessed the global landscape around open data and sharing practices. The report highlighted the extent of awareness around open data, incentives around its use, and perspectives researchers have about making their own research data open.

The survey was repeated in 2017 and this year we will present a preview of the findings of the 2018 report, due to be released during Open Access Week 2018. The presentation will focus on highlights of the report including:

  • Respondents’ awareness of open data
  • The impact of age on open data
  • The curation of data for sharing
  • The willingness of researchers to reuse open data sets in their own research
  • Routine data sharing
  • The proportion of researchers who have never made a data set openly available
  • Trends for the future of open data


Dr. Mark Hahnel is the Founder of Figshare, a web-based platform that opens up scientific data to the world, making it available to anyone. He completed his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London, having previously studied genetics in both Newcastle and Leeds. The idea for Figshare was first born in 2010 while Mark was studying at Imperial College London, before launching in 2012 as a portfolio company of Digital Science. He is a passionate and prominent member of the open science movement and its potential to revolutionise the research community.

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