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Interview with Dr. Mark Hahnel

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Part 01
By Editage Insights | July 21, 2015
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While pursuing his PhD in stem cell research, Dr. Mark Hahnel set up Figshare to manage the data he did not intend to publish but wanted to disseminate, to get extra credit for his work, and to please his own ego. Over the years, Figshare has become a popular choice among researchers and publishers who want to store, disseminate, or access data in different formats. What exactly is Figshare and how does it help researchers make their research citable, sharable, and discoverable? Dr. Hahnel... Read more
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Part 02
By Editage Insights | July 24, 2015
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When Dr. Mark Hahnel set up Figshare, he was only looking to store his data and get extra credit for his research. Today, academics the world over use the platform to store and share their data, or to get recognition for their path breaking work. Figshare’s integration with other data hosting platforms such as Google Scholar, Altmetric, Orcid, and GitHub helps academics manage their data on the cloud safely, access their files anywhere and anytime using desktop uploaders, create collaborative... Read more
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Part 03
By Editage Insights | July 27, 2015
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“Data is anything digital that is not a peer reviewed published article,” says Dr. Mark Hahnel, founder of Figshare, as he talks about how Figshare is used by close to 2 million researchers across disciplines for managing different types of data including grant proposals. The easy-to-use data management platform is also gaining popularity in Asia, where researchers want to get as much credit for their research as possible in order to stay ahead of the competition. Figshare is also used by other... Read more
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Part 04
By Editage Insights | July 29, 2015
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In the fourth part of this interview series, Dr. Mark Hahnel, founder of Figshare, shares a larger perspective on data sharing as a trend in academic publishing. The concept of putting research data out there is welcomed warmly by some segments, whereas some researchers feel that doing so will take away their control over the information they have worked hard to create. In either case, funders are increasingly leaning in favor of open data, making it mandatory for researchers to make their data... Read more
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Part 05
By Editage Insights | July 31, 2015
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According to Dr. Mark Hahnel, who founded Figshare, the open data movement will be successful across the globe if publishers and funders adopt the carrot-and-stick model. Data sharing should be incentivized for researchers; this will help them adopt the idea more easily. Dr. Hahnel says that most funders Figshare speaks to foresee data sharing becoming mandatory a few years down the line. He also shares examples of some incentives funders use to attract researchers toward data sharing, e.g.,... Read more