Seven million open research objects and counting – a conversation with Figshare founder Mark Hahnel
On April 13th 2023, Mark tweeted that Figshare had reached seven million outputs, a significant milestone in anyone’s book! He and I jumped on a quick call to discuss what that achievement means for Figshare, and before we knew it our chat had meandered onto what it was like in the very early days of Figshare and Overleaf, and how milestones and celebrations change as the numbers keep going up and to the right! :) We hope you enjoy where the conversation takes us.
Reproducibility and Research Integrity top UK research agenda
Digital Science reflections on The House of Commons Science, Innovation and Technology Committee report on Reproducibility and Research Integrity The new Reproducibility and Research Integrity report released by The House of Commons Science, Innovation and Technology Committee is a timely reminder that Digital Science plays a critical role in supporting research integrity and reproducibility across the sector globally. The following is our response to the report’s findings.
The importance of adding context
Adding context is one of the most important things that we do at Digital Science, whether that be through the tools that we make available to the research community while they’re making decisions, carrying out research or communicating their findings, or through our direct outreach and engagement with the community such as on our blogs and in our reports. TL;DR is not just a place to write our thoughts – it is a conversation. It is at once a place for us to test ideas and to showcase methods and techniques, and at the same it is a place to connect with a community, to receive feedback and so to better understand our context.
Our new avenue for interesting things
At Digital Science, we build tools that help the researchers who will change the world. Information wants to be free and since the dawn of the web, funders have been innovating their policies to ensure that all research will become open.
Digital Science believes that Open Research will help level the playing fields and allow anyone anywhere to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. It also helps with other areas that pre-web academia struggled with. These include, reproducibility, transparency, accessibility and inclusivity.
These posts will cover the why and the how of open research, as it becomes just “research”.