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New Data Repository Option for NIH Researchers: NIH Figshare

In July 2019, NIH and Figshare announced the one-year pilot launch of a general data repository for all NIH-funded researchers: NIH Figshare. This repository makes datasets resulting from NIH-funded research accessible by providing a way for NIH researchers to meet data sharing requirements of grants, journals, or institutions when a subject-specific repository is not an option. As stated in the repository’s FAQs:

Figshare is not designed to replace any existing NIH-related repository. For NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) with existing repositories, Figshare is a supplemental option for any data that may not fit in an existing repository.

Some important notes:

Librarians from the HSLS Data Services team are available to consult with any researcher that may have questions about this new repository or need help preparing their data for deposit. Please contact us at

~Melissa Ratajeski

Posted in the October 2019 Issue