Lincoln University partners with Figshare to launch research data repository

Lincoln University – reflecting its commitment to open access research – has launced its institutional research data repository, Data@Lincoln, powered by Figshare and available on a custom domain at

Among the initial datasets in Data@Lincoln is a collection of weather data recorded at Lincoln University from 1960 – 2011. Daily climatological observations have been recorded at Lincoln University since January 1881, and earlier handwritten logbooks from 1928 – 1971 have previously been scanned and made available online.

As the first open access university in New ZealandLincoln’s open access policy ensures the research produced at the university is accessible and reusable by everyone.

Lincoln University’s  broad ethical position is that if public funding has supported the creation of an idea, research, or other content, then it is reasonable and fair that it be made publicly accessible.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie said:

“Data@Lincoln will let the university raise the visibility of the unique research being carried out at Lincoln University, increasing its impact by making it available for reuse and reanalysis by the public and industry.”

Lincoln University is also committed to helping its students grow and expand their opportunities and expects the free flow of information to facilitate this.

Researchers at Lincoln can upload their research datasets openly and with a reusable licence. They can also track usage metrics – views, downloads, citations, and Altmetrics – and datasets published in Data@Lincoln are marked for discoverability in Google Dataset Search.

Data and metadata can also be harvested in and out of Data@Lincoln using Figshare’s robust API. For more ways in which data is FAIRer (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) on Data@Lincoln, see this infographic.

“Lincoln University has a rich history of open access and we’re pleased to be able to further support that with the launch of their new open access research data repository,” said Mark Hahnel, CEO and Founder of Figshare.

Other research outputs from Lincoln University can be found in Research@Lincoln and Living Heritage.

For more information on Data@Lincoln, contact For more information on Figshare for Institutions, contact

Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist agriculturally-based university. The university’s qualifications range from certificate level through to PhD. Its teaching and research covers all activity associated with the land-based sectors to meet the needs of not only New Zealand but also the world. Helping students grow is what Lincoln are all about, with diverse learning that fits their ambitions in an environment that allows them to flourish. The university partners them with industry to prepare them for the real world, so when the time comes, they are ready to go out and grow the future for themselves and others.

Figshare provides repository infrastructure for Institutions, Publishers, Funders and Industry partners. It builds infrastructure that is simple to set up, for those seeking to comply with policies and mandates around open research. For more information, visit and follow @figshare on Twitter. Figshare is a Digital Science portfolio company:

Digital Science is a technology company working to make research more efficient. It invests in, nurtures and supports innovative businesses and technologies that make all parts of the research process more open and effective. Its portfolio includes admired brands such as Altmetric, Anywhere Access, Dimensions, Figshare, ReadCube, Symplectic, IFI Claims, GRID, Overleaf, CC Technology, Gigantum, Ripeta and Writefull. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

Source:  Lincoln University

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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