LONDON – 10 July 2012

figshare, an open data platform, is pleased to announce today a partnership with Faculty of 1000’s new journal F1000 Research, an Open Access publishing program. Figshare will host some of the data from F1000 Research, as well as provide a widget that will enable F1000 users to view data from the articles in the browser alongside the content. This is the first publisher to fully integrate Figshare in this manner.

Figshare provides an easy, free means for researchers to publish, share and get credit for their research data, hosting videos, datasets, graphs, figures and images. By partnering with figshare, F1000 Research can host data accompanying their publications, making the data easier to access for future use. Through figshare’s new widgets, users will also be able to visualise the research objects within the browser, as well as access metrics tracking the use of the data, previously only available through figshare’s web interface. The project was founded and is run by Mark Hahnel, and is supported by Digital Science, a technology division of Macmillan Publishers.

“The way scientific results are being recorded and analysed is changing at a rate that has long outdated the current publishing process,” said Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare. “By offering researchers a medium they are familiar with – say, a F1000 Research article – with data they can visualise and easily access, we’ll be one step closer to a more integrated reading and research environment.”

This is figshare’s first partnership with a publisher, and a sign of changing times in the publishing industry as we see a move to integrate other information sources into scholarly articles.

“We are delighted to work with Figshare on this widget, which provides a much more user-friendly way of publishing datasets within articles than the usual URL or DOI. This enables the reader to preview all the available data before deciding whether to download what can be excessively large files”, said Rebecca Lawrence, Publisher, F1000 Research.

For more information on Figshare or additional functionality, visit [http://figshare.com]. For more on F1000 Research, visit [http://f1000research.com].