The Sustainable Digital Scholarship platform is ideal as a place to store research data for ongoing projects. If you want to collaborate, publish your research, or store it for long-term access and impact, you can host your data collection on our SDS Figshare platform.
An initial consultation will take place between a researcher (and their team) and the Sustainable Digital Scholarship service Team to help us understand the research project and your data management goals. If you would like to find out more or are planning an upcoming project do get in touch with us to discuss further.
Ideally, a representative of a new research project should approach the Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service Team before submitting a grant application. Together, we can explore how you would like to use the Figshare platform to host your data collection, and what budget you will be able to include in your grant application to help support the service’s costs. (See new project costs, below).
Once the research project team are ready to go, the Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service Team will help to provide initial set-up on the Figshare platform. This will include:
- creating your “collection” on the Figshare platform
- defining your project structure
- defining your custom metadata and file tagging process
- training your team in how to use the service to upload your information
After this initial set-up and training period, we expect that most research project teams should be fairly self-sufficient in using the platform. The Sustainable Digital Scholarship team can support requests for general troubleshooting. More complex updates to the SDS platform or technical assistance may require additional staff time and funding.
The University’s X5 system can be used to estimating budget required from a research grant to cover the cost of using Figshare. However, we strongly advise you to discuss your requirements with the Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service Team or Humanities Research Facilitation Team.
We do not believe that the amount we will ask you to include into your research grant budget to be excessive to use this service. We ask only that hosting costs are covered for your project during the period of your grant funding, after which the Sustainable Digital Scholarship service commits to maintain your research data. An upfront payment for limited number of years of storage on the platform effectively buys a lifetime of security, and tenure on a sustainability platform operated by the University.
One-off setup fee
||Staff days to implement
||Available on request
||Available on request
Hosting costs per year of project funding
|Project data requirements
||Annual hosting fee*
|Very small (to 0.5 terabytes)
|Small (to 1TB)
*These hosting costs only apply for the project’s funded period; there is no charge to maintain projects on the Figshare platform after your active research period is over.
The Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service Team are also available for additional dedicated consultancy / support for lengthier involvements, which will come at a cost to the Research Project at a staff day rate charge of £270.54 (subject to capacity / availability).
For more advance custom development on the Figshare platform, or assistance with bulk migration of records, the Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service Team are also able to facilitate the hiring of Figshare Consultants, at a day rate of between £800 - £1000 (+VAT), price dependant on level of expertise required.