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Figshare Data Repository at the University of Canterbury

About Figshare


Figshare meets the needs of most researchers who want to, or are required to, have their research data available to others.  It provides an institutional Open Access platform for those following FAIR and CARE principles, as well as a place for selective sharing.   Canterbury's Figshare is a service that meets the needs for researchers to make data available as possible, and as closed as necessary.

Access to Figshare

All University of Canterbury staff are able to log into and have an account automatically created for them. Students need to contact the Figshare Administrators to have their data uploaded.


If you need to load larger files than a browser can accommodate, you can use the FTP Uploader or the Figshare API, — most web browsers can cope with ~5GB single file uploads.  

You can request more storage for your account from your 'My Data' screen.  



Figshare - Pros and Cons

Why would you use Canterbury's Figshare, or another data repository?  In short, Canterbury's figshare is easy to use, provides the basic  archiving and metadata support you need, and it's free for you to use.  We can support your uploads, and can assure you that your data will be available permanently.  However, there are some cases where it might not be the best choice.

  • You will lose immediate control of your data if and when you leave Canterbury.  Of course, the Figshare administrators will always be there to help, but you won't be able to login to immediately manage your data.
  • You may be asked to use another repository by your publisher or funder.  We can help you upload data to other repositories if need be, including Zenodo, Dryad, Harvard Dataverse, Open Science Foundation (OSF) or others.
  • Figshare data is held in the cloud, and may not be appropriate where Māori or other indigenous data sovereignty issues are involved.



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