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Figshare Joins the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) to ensure survival, ownership and management of research data into the future

Ann Arbor, MI  The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) is pleased to announce that Figshare, a platform that supports the management of research content, is the first research data repository to join the DPN Federation. Research data made public on Figshare will be deposited into DPN, a dark archive that preserves scholarship for future generations. Figshare users can guarantee that long-term access to their scholarly resources will be protected in the event of any type of change in administrative or physical institutional environments. 

Figshare will use the DuraSpace DuraCloud Vault ( deposit node to add their content into DPN to preserve its public corpus of multi-disciplinary data. The multi-scale DPN approach to stored content by leveraging a heterogeneous network that spans diverse geographic, environmental, and political climates will enable the secure, long-term preservation of Figshare content, which will ultimately reside under control of the academy.

DPN depositors add assets to the network by working with a DPN ingest Node which serves as an interim access point for resources that will be added to the network. Current DPN members may now add add digital assets to the Digital Preservation Network through DuraCloud Vault, a cooperative development between DPN, DuraSpace and Chronopolis.

The partnership also allows for further integration with Figshare for Institutions for existing DPN members and will provide additional options for how to store and preserve research data. Figshare will continue to provide the same level of service and end user experience while users can rest easy knowing that their content is preserved in DPN, a trusted digital preservation service.

 “The commitment that Figshare is making to the academic enterprise by depositing their users’ public data into DPN can not be overstated.  Extending the spectrum of preserved academic output for the future to explicitly include research data is an important step forward for the community,” says Mary Molinaro, DPN Chief Operating Officer and Services Manager.  “It is our hope that other data repositories follow Figshare’s lead.”

“At Figshare, we’re held to high standards regarding the research data hosted on the platform. By partnering with DPN, we’re providing further assurances to our community that their public data will be preserved and in safe hands under the stewardship of DPN,” says founder and CEO, Mark Hahnel. 

About Figshare

Figshare ( is an online digital repository where researchers can preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, code, images, videos, and more. It is free to upload content and free to access, all in adherence to the principle of open data. Users can upload files in any format and items are attributed a DOI for citation and attention tracking via altmetrics. By encouraging publishing of figures, charts, data rather than being limited to the traditional entire 'paper', knowledge can be shared more quickly and effectively in a transparent, reusable fashion. Figshare is a portfolio company of Digital Science.

About the Digital Preservation Network (DPN)

The Digital Preservation Network ( is a membership organization that is sponsored by Internet2, is the only large-scale digital preservation service that is built to last beyond the life spans of individuals, technological systems, and organizations. Like insurance, the DPN service provides members of the academy and their successors with a guarantee that future access to their scholarly resources will be available in the event of any type of change in administrative or physical institutional environments. By establishing a redundant and varied technical and legal infrastructure at multiple administrative levels the survival, ownership and management of preserved digital content in the future is assured for Digital Preservation Network members.

Press Contacts

Mary Molinaro, DPN Chief Operating Officer -

Dan Valen, Figshare Product Specialist -


Submitted by Carol Minton Morris on Wed, 2016-01-20 08:56