File Backup and Security Policy

Automatic backups of all figshare.com data files and metadata are performed nightly, directly to Figshare-managed Amazon Web Service (AWS) S3 buckets. AWS S3 versioning allows for the immediate restore of content in case of deletion of a file.

Amazon S3’s standard storage is:

    • Backed with the Amazon S3 Service Level Agreement for availability
    • Designed for 99.999999999% durability and 99.99% availability of objects over a given year
    • Designed to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities

AWS S3 content is region bound and in order to recover from an AWS EU region failure, Figshare is exploring additional AWS Cross Region Replication options.

As an extra layer of continuity, Figshare has also partnered with DuraSpace and Chronopolis (https://libraries.ucsd.edu/chronopolis/index.html), to offer further assurances that public data will be archived under the stewardship of Chronopolis. In the highly unlikely event of multiple AWS S3 failures, Figshare can restore public user content from Chronopolis.

For more details, please see our Preservation and Continuity of Access Policy.