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FigShare 101

FigShare is an open data repository that allows scientists to get credit for ALL their research. The idea is that scientists only publish their best data in peer-reviewed publications but they do a lot of other important stuff that goes by the wayside. With FigShare you can upload failed experimental data, negative data (data contrary to your hypothesis), and even side project data that wouldn’t normally see the light of day. With each data set you get a citation and a handle (which is a permanent link to the data) that allows you to get credit (meaning put it on your CV/Resume).

For Lab 5 we are going to do some RC circuit data acquisition and upload the data to FigShare. Along with the data you can upload supporting material (screenshots, methods, whatever you want). The interface is pretty intuitive so don’t be afraid to play around.

To start:

When you are done sharing to Figshare, take some notes about what you did and did not like about the FigShare experience. The founder and lead developer (only?) for the site is very receptive to feedback and I like to help him in any way possible so I’ll send your constructive criticism his way.

Example data set.

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