Uploading research files
monash.figshare accepts the upload of many file formats (more than 650 so far) including:
- presentations (such as PowerPoint and PDF)
- images (including JPG and PNG)
- video files
- audio files
- Excel spreadsheets
- CSV files
- Word documents
- PDF files
Once you have logged in to the 'My data' page, click on '+ Create a new item'. This will bring up the form for you to upload your files and enter the author, title and other details.
There are two ways to upload files. You can drag and drop your files into the bar at the top of a draft form. Alternately, you can click on 'browse' in the same bar and select your research files. Once this is complete you can either click 'Save changes' and keep the item as a draft, or click 'Publish' to publish the item, making it publicly available.
For more information on how to upload research files watch the YouTube video
Video credit: figshare
After you have selected your file, the file's name will appear in the bar at the top of the draft item. To the right of it you will see the total size of the file as well as the percentage that has uploaded. As the percentage number increases a green bar will move from left to right across the bar. Once the file has been successfully uploaded the green bar will change to a lighter shade, then disappear. Remember to click ‘Save changes’ to save your work.
This will depend on your bandwidth but it takes approximately ten minutes to upload one gigabyte.
monash.figshare assumes you are going to do one of three things when you publish:
- upload digital files into monash.figshare, and publish them to make them publicly available, citable and reusable by others;
- create a monash.figshare record that does not contain the files but points to an external URL where the files reside. This is a link file as the data is linked to via the monash.figshare record;
- create a monash.figshare record that does not contain the files and does not point to an external URL either. This is a metadata record only as no research files are publicly available in monash.figshare or elsewhere online. A metadata record only would be created where IP, confidentiality or other restrictions are in place, but the researcher wants to promote the existence of his or her research.
The image below demonstrates the difference between the three options.
Text version of the flowchart
Do you want to publicise your research through monash.figshare?
If yes - Drag and drop your data, or click browse and upload
If no - Are there files that are publicly available elsewhere?
If yes - Create a link file, and include the URL to the data
If no - Create a metadata record only
monash.figshare will not allow folders to be uploaded. However, it will allow zipped folders to be uploaded. Alternately, you can navigate to a folder, and select all the files which will upload them all as separate files.