There are 3 ways to get data and associated files into Figshare: through the API, by importing an entire repo from Github, or by uploading from your local storage.
If you're not ready to upload files, but need a DOI, you can create a Metadata only record (see below under method #3)
You can also link to data stored elsewhere, e.g., in DAMS, by clicking the Link file button at the top of the metadata entry screen.
you do NOT need to create a "project" to upload data. In fact, you probably will never need to create a "project" - see Create collaborative spaces using "projects"
No matter how you upload data, you will need to fill in all the required metadata fields.
If you are ready to publish, check the box next to Publish (at the bottom of the screen) and hit Save changes.
If you are not ready to publish, you can:
Remember: figshare is for making your data public! embargoes, confidential files, and private items should be temporary.
More about what these terms mean and how these restrictions work can be found in the section
What's the deal with the Private Link? if you choose "Generate private link" in the item editing window, anyone ANYWHERE with that link will be able to view your files regardless of their publishing status. You can disable this link by editing the item and clicking the red x next to Generate Private link.
Use Private Link SPARINGLY.
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