figshare: Comparison Table

The table below illustrates key features and use cases that are required to be supported
at the University of Melbourne, and how these are met by research data access and management tools currently provided by the University.

Current Tools

  • is a safe and secure cloud-based repository that University researchers can use to upload their research data. All data is stored on the University's storage system. You can share this data if you choose to, and you can search for and collaborate on data with others, so you'll save valuable time and help grow your portfolio of research data. Citable DOIs can be created, and all file formats can be stored. 100GB of storage is available.
  • is a commercial service that gives you 1GB of storage, imposes a 5GB transfer limit on your data, and stores your data at figshare in the UK.
  • Minerva Access
    Minerva Access is the new Institutional Repository of the University of Melbourne powered by a technology called Dspace. It replaces UMER (University of Melbourne eprints). Scholarly works and research output created by University staff and students deposited into Minerva Access will be available to a global audience through directly searching the repository or via search engines like Google and Google Scholar maximising the visibility of this content or if relevant metadata of non available content.
  • Minerva Elements
    Minerva Elements is the publications collection and management system and is powered by a technology called Symplectic. It replaces Themis Publications and is the means for depositing publications into Minerva Access for staff. Elements provides an enhanced interface for users and reduces the amount of manual record creation required.

Data access tools at University of Melbourne - Comparison Table

Feature figshare@melb Minerva Access Minerva Elements
100GB free storage for research data N/A N/A
Create your own collaborative space * N/A N/A
Share with individuals, groups, or keep private * N/A N/A
File size limit 5000GB 5GB - -
Deposit and store any kind of research data, not related to publications * N/A
Deposit publications and theses
Store and make citable research data which directly supports a publication
Especially suitable for "long tail" of researchers who have relatively small datasets in relatively common file formats. N/A
Mint a persistent identifer


Access via browser *
Desktop client
Store non-research data
Analyse publication impact
Data is stored at University of Melbourne *
Secure data storage (access control) *
Safe data storage  (backup &  recovery) *
Can support compliance with open access mandates * 
Provides mechanisms to support copyright compliance/licensing *
Anywhere / anytime access *
Allows level of descriptive information to be applied to research outputs *

* denotes formal requirement for research data storage access.
✔ Feature is present and operational.
✖ Feature is absent, or not supported / enabled.