Partnership assists UK institutions in compliance with funder research data requirements

Chippenham, Wiltshire and London – 9 September 2014

Arkivum, the provider of large scale, long term, and ultra-safe digital archiving solutions and figshare, the research data management platform that specialises in ‘active data’, have announced a partnership to provide a solution covering the full spectrum of funder-mandated research data requirements for UK academic institutions.

Increasingly funders in the UK are requiring better data management of publicly funded research. On May 1 2015, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) policy framework on research data comes into effect. The framework’s principles and expectations promote a culture within academia of sharing, preservation, easy discovery and reuse of research data.

Arkivum has an established reputation offering the only archiving solution to provide 100% guaranteed data integrity via a fully-managed and simple to use service for research data within academic institutions. Meanwhile, figshare has been helping to maximise the impact of research data by making non-traditional outputs such as datasets, media and software code available in a manner that is citeable, shareable and discoverable. Combined the solutions satisfy the funder mandates by ensuring that data are accessible to the wider research community in a timely, cost effective and user-friendly manner

“We are pleased to see an increasing number of funders mandating the dissemination of the digital content that they have funded as a part of a body of research”, said Mark Hahnel, Founder of figshare. “Although this poses new challenges for researchers it also presents new opportunities to get credit for research.  Through this partnership with Arkivum, as well as making data persistent through figshare, UK institutions now have increased choice in how to ensure data are available for decades to come.”

“figshare is a specialist in the management of active data for research,” commented Jim Cook, CEO of Arkivum. “The partnership between figshare and Arkivum will deliver an end-to-end solution for research data management that covers active data right through to the long-term storage of valuable data sets.”