Figshare aggregates content from all Figshare powered repositories and makes it all searchable through https://figshare.com/search. You can use the facets to narrow your results by where the records are coming from. But what if you want to aggregate content in your own Figshare repository? This article provides an overview on how to do this.
Figshare makes it very easy for users to upload files, add metadata, and publish high quality digital records. But a repository manager may want to add records from elsewhere to create a catalog. These records will not have files attached to them, but will have metadata and should point to where a user can find the file(s). Figshare makes this possible through its Batch Management Tool and the API. Any metadata harvested from external sources can be formatted and uploaded as catalog records in your Figshare repository.
First a quick side note one the gold standard way to aggregate content. Content aggregation is hard. Data and papers affiliated with your institution are likely spread across many different repositories: funder repositories, discipline specific data repositories, publisher repositories, and even other institutional repositories. Finding these records and keeping their information up to date is the first hurdle to getting an accurate view of your research ecosystem (and a massive one). Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) or more simply Research Information Systems (RIMs) (like Symplectic Elements) are designed to look for and harvest bibliometric information connected to your institution, typically through the author affiliation information available in large databases (like dimensions.ai) along with other data sources. Integrating the CRIS/RIM with a repository provides an opportunity for the most accurate representation of all that your researchers are producing. The repository can hold non traditional research outputs that otherwise would not have a home, and the CRIS/RIM can harvest the metadata and for those records to form a comprehensive researcher profiles and accurate reporting dashboards. But what if you have a Figshare repository but no CRIS/RIM? You still have options!
Figshare's bulk record tools can help you aggregate content from other sources in your repository. When creating these records, it is important that each record is represented by the same metadata as the original record, points users to the original record, and uses the same persistent identifier as the original record. The benefits of aggregating content in this way are
To create aggregated content in your repository, here are the steps you'll need to follow:
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