Amsterdam Universities Select Figshare for Institutions to Manage Their Research Data

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The University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have chosen Figshare for Institutions to help lead the charge after historic call by the EU for more open research.

Figshare’s mission is to open up scientific data to the world, supporting the EU’s call to make all publicly funded scientific articles freely accessible by 2020.

Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today announced that The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) are the latest institutions to sign up for their Figshare for Institutions offering. Figshare for Institutions helps academic institutions manage, disseminate and measure the public impact of all their research outputs, while easing the route to compliance with open data mandates.

Following the meeting of the Competitiveness Council (a gathering of EU ministers of science, innovation, trade, and industry) in Brussels on 27th May, all scientific publicly funded articles in Europe must be freely accessible and the data must be reusable, unless there are well-founded reasons for not doing so* as of 2020. Under the presidency of Sander Dekker, the Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, EU ministers all decided unanimously to support this mandate. In line with this move, UvA and HvA will go one step further and utilise Figshare for Institutions to provide an intuitive interface to enable the deposit and management of active research data, along with efficient mechanisms for open sharing, collaboration and discoverability.

The pioneering platform is already established at institutions across the U.K., Europe, Australasia, and the USA, supporting needs for better storage, preservation, accessibility and publication of the outputs produced by their researchers.

Mark Hahnel, CEO Figshare says:

“Figshare’s mission is to open up scientific data to the world, supporting the EU’s call to make all publicly funded scientific articles freely accessible by 2020. The University of Amsterdam is also committed to providing sound data management infrastructure, complying with these new mandates, so Figshare for Institutions was a natural solution for them. On top of this, they wanted a platform that would enable their researchers to conduct work more efficiently, offer greater opportunities for sharing and reuse of their research data, and a solution that allows for better management of research resources. We are pleased to offer them all of this functionality with Figshare for Institutions.”

Maria Heijne, Director of UvA/HvA Library says:

“As a Library, together with ICT Services and Academic Affairs, we support our researchers in managing, sharing and (re)using their research data. We give advice and training on handling data management, but also provide practical support in the actual work. By choosing Figshare, the Library offers researchers an environment in which they can manage and share their data in a way which agrees optimally with their way of working.”

Key aspects of the Figshare for Institutions platform includes:

●     Portals that showcase research of an institution or department
●     Ability to group content into collections and collaborative project spaces
●     Data curation and administrative workflows
●     Institutional storage and file uploads up to 5tb
●     Enhanced content discoverability through a advanced search, categorisation and metadata

To learn more about Figshare for Institutions see here:

About Figshare
Figshare is a web-based platform to help academic institutions manage, disseminate and measure the public attention of all their research outputs. The light-touch and user-friendly approach focuses on four key areas: research data management, reporting and statistics, research data dissemination and administrative control. Figshare works with institutions in North America and internationally to help them meet key funder recommendations and to provide world-leading tools to support an open culture of data sharing and collaboration. For more information, visit and follow @figshare on Twitter. Figshare is a Digital Science portfolio company:

About Digital Science
Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

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