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The University of Sheffield Launches ORDA, A Custom Portal To Manage Research Outputs Powered By Figshare

29th June 2017
By Katy Alexander

The University of Sheffield, with 27,000 students from over 140 countries, today announced the outcomes of a joint venture with our portfolio company Figshare.

Together they have delivered an integrated hub for managing and sharing research data, named ORDA (Online Research Data


The University of Sheffield has developed this custom-branded portal on top of their Figshare portal ( using the Figshare API.


By creating a public portal and assigning digital object identifiers (DOIs), Figshare makes an organisation’s research products searchable, discoverable, and citable, and their impact and attention is captured through statistical reporting and altmetrics.

The University of Sheffield’s solution enables staff, students and researchers to meet funding-body requirements for open access to data while providing 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 data by making it discoverable, citable and shareable from anywhere.

Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research & Innovation, The University of Sheffield commented,

“This collaboration allows us to build on our success of sharing and preserving research outputs.  It provides a customisable portal for our research data and other research artifacts, enabling us to communicate our research findings  as openly and widely as possible”

Anne Horn, Director of Library Services & University Librarian, The University of Sheffield added,

“University Libraries have a long history of working with researchers to promote the products of their work.  We are constantly developing our services and we are excited to be working in partnership with Figshare and our Corporate Information and Computer Services colleagues to provide a simple and effective means of showcasing and sharing the University’s research objects”.

Mark Hahnel said,

“With imminent funder guidelines coming into effect, UK institutions are having to take measures to make sure their research data is stored securely and persistently, with correct metadata and made freely accessible on the Internet. This cutting-edge integrated solution meets the key requirements set out by The University of Sheffield and the solution will support the storage of primary data generated during original research projects, alongside derived and summarised data used to support publications.”

You can read the official press release here.


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