"Projects" are collaborative spaces used for ongoing work

(warning) Projects are the best solution when:

  • multiple people need to be able to independently upload datasets and create metadata,
  • and if they also need to have access to colleagues' data for review and comment before publishing.

You can give people outside the Institution access to review and contribute data by inviting them to your project - all they will need is a (standard, free) figshare account.

"Individual" vs. "Group" Projects

There are two types of projects, differentiated by how storage is allocated - "individual (storage)" and "group (storage)" projects.  

If most of the people in your project are Smithsonian, or the collaboration is is a "one off" you probably want to create an "Individual" project.

If the project is large, long-term, and involves many collaborators from outside the Institution, but we are responsible for the long-term management of the data you should create a "Group" project.


Individual Projects

Group Projects

Everyone uses their own quota and account storage.

Storage is allocated from the project owner's group's (unit's) quota, i.e., whatever group/subgroup the project owner belongs to determines the total storage quota allocation.

This group allocation must be shared among all group projects that fall under that unit/group.

People can take their work with them if they leave the project.

All work remains within the project (institutional storage) space if people leave.

Items are created using the metadata schema of the submitter.

Contributors must adopt the metadata schema of the project owner, including custom fields.

Items also appear in the subgroup of the uploader.

Items appear only under the subgroup that the project owner is a member of, regardless of submitter's affiliation.

Items published by users from outside the organization don’t have to go through review (if review is turned on for the group).*

Items published by users from outside the organization have to go through review (if review is turned on for the group).*

*currently review is NOT turned on for any SI group

Create a new project

  1. Go to the Projects tab and click on the +Create a new project button.
    1. Complete the metadata fields as descriptively as possible.
    2. Under Allocate storage choose either group or individual storage as needed (based on the criteria above).

Add Members

While creating the project

  1. Add people to the project by searching on the right hand side under Members. Add users not currently on Figshare by clicking on the invite new users link.
    1. Members can either be collaborators or viewers.
      1. Viewers can view, download and comment on datasets
      2. Collaborators can view, download, and comment and upload items to the project

After the project has been created

  1. You can add additional members by clicking on the Manage link (in the right, near the wheel/cog icon) and choosing Edit Project

  2. If new members have a figshare account, you can search for them by email address, name, or ORCID.

    (warning) Note that many users have similar names, and it is difficult in this interface to differentiate among them. Adding members by using their ORCID or email are the safest options.

  3. If new members do not have a figshare account, you can send them an invitation using the email link


Privacy and pre-publication review

Projects can be a mix of both published (public) and unpublished (private) datasets. Anyone that is a member of a project - both viewers and collaborators - can view and download private datasets.


If a project is not published, it will only be visible to the project members on their "projects" tab. It will not have a landing page.


Adding/moving data to a project

  1. Select Add a new item, which takes you to the metadata form. Once you’ve saved the item, it will appear in the home page of the project. As a collaborator, you can comment on individual items within the project or on the project as a whole.

  2. You can also move your existing data to a project by clicking the checkbox to the left of the item you want to move in My data, clicking on Actions, selecting Move to/from project, and selecting the project you want to move the data to/from.

(warning)To make the project public, you must first make at least one item public within the project.

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