How to find and reuse data on Figshare

 

Data appears on the portal homepage with the newest uploads appearing first, you also have the option to browse by Popular content and Categories. Categories will only appear available for browsing if there are public items with the category assigned. 

 

BASIC AND ADVANCED SEARCH

Figshare has a number of advanced search capabilities available to you. More technical documentation can be found here: https://docs.figshare.com/#search

 

Search operators

Figshare supports a predefined set of characters for the main search operators and for phrase searches.

 
Searchable attributes
 

You can build queries based on the following attributes (shown in bold) with given examples:

    • ':title: figshare'
    • ':description: open data'
    • :keyword: - the keyword used to describe an item such as ":keyword: artificial intelligence"
    • ':category: Genetic Engineering'
    • ':author: Mark Hahnel'
    • :item_type:  - can be one of the following: article, project, collection, dataset, figure, poster, media, presentation, paper, fileset, thesis, code
    • ':licence: CCBY' 
    • :search_term: this will search in all fields and match the phrase
    • ':orcid: 0000-0003-4741-0309'
    • ':extension: pdf'
    • ':doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1407024.v3'
    • :institution: - this is only for institutions that have Figshare and you would use the string id from the URL (for example, Loughborough University has the URL https://lboro.figshare.com/ and you would type ":institutions: lboro" into the search bar) 

 

QUICK SEARCH

Simple search

Search string: cell

As a result of this search, you will see all Figshare items that will contain the word cell in any of the metadata fields. The search will also return the items that contain the term cells or all inflected words derived from the common stem. Try this search.

Phrase search

Search string: “stem cell”

As a result of this search, you will see all Figshare items that will contain the exact phrase stem cell in any of the metadata fields. Try this search.

Multi-term search

Search string: cancer cells treatment

As a result of this search, you will see all Figshare items that contain at least one of the query terms. The results will be ordered by relevance, with any results containing the exact phrase cancer cells treatment appearing first.

The search will also return items that contain at least one of the inflected words derived from the common stems.

 

ADVANCED SEARCH

Field search

As the keywords might contain special characters they will have a special treatment within the Figshare search, where we would do an exact match. The examples below will illustrate how field search works in general and how is customised for keywords.

Search string:  :keyword: cancer cell  

This search will return all items with the exact phrase cancer cell in their Keywords field. There is no need to enclose the phrase in quotes. - try it.

Search string:  :keyword: music and puppets

This search will return all items with the exact keyword music and puppets. Only the operator AND will work as search delimiter.

Search string:  :keyword: "scrf=(cpcm,solvent=benzene)"

This search will return all items with the exact keyword.

Search string:  :keyword: cancer category chemistry

This search will return all items with the exact keyword “cancer category chemistry”. If the user wants to break the keyword and search also for a specific category please see Combined field search below.

Search string:  :title: environmental science

This search will return all items that have at least one of the words in the title working as in field multi-term search by relevance.

Search string:  :title: Line balancing for improving production

Figshare engine will add the space where needed between the operator and the actual term

This search will return only the items that have the specified phrase included in the title. As usual, the search will return also with a lower priority results containing all inflected words derived from the common stems.

Search string:  :description: growth of Indian manufacturing sector

This search will return all items that have at least one of the words from above contained in the description from the list above as multi-term search ordered by relevance. As usual, the search will return also with a lower priority results containing all inflected words derived from the common stems.

Search string: description: “industrial case study”

This search will return all items that have the phrase from above contained in the description. As usual, the search will return also with a lower priority results containing all inflected words derived from the common stems.

 

Combined field search

Search string:  :author: M. Hahnel  OR :author: J. Smith OR :Author:  Albert Einstein

This search will return all items that have at least one of the authors from the list above.

Search string:  :title: Line balancing for improving production AND :keyword: cancer cell

This search will return all results where the title matches phrase (multi-term search by relevance) from above and has the “cancer cell” keyword. As usual, the search will return also with a lower priority results containing all inflected words derived from the common stems.

Search string:  :keyword: chemistry applied AND :category: biochemistry

This search will return all results where the keyword is chemistry applied and the category is biochemistry. As usual, the search will return also with a lower priority results containing all inflected words derived from the common stems.

Complex searches

Search string:  :title: science AND :keyword: cell AND  :search_term: private research

This search will return items that have the word science in the title and the keyword cell and has the expression private research in any metadata field.

Search string:  :title: law OR :keyword: democrat AND :search_term: respect

This search will return all items that contain law in title or the keyword democrat but also contain the word respect in any of the metadata fields.

 

Can I use other people's research?

While the answer to this question for the majority of content on figshare.com is 'yes,' it is best to check with the actual license on the item record.

By clicking the license itself, you can also learn more about the different license types and rights for use, reuse, attribution, etc.   

Learn about License types.