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In September 2017, the Research Data Service has hit the milestone of assisting researchers to share 1000 datasets in Apollo, the University’s repository. This achievement has been reached less than 2 years since the service’s incept in January 2015 and demonstrates the readiness of Cambridge researchers to openly share their data.

Researchers in Cambridge are able to openly share their data in the repository in order to make their research more transparent, reproducible and re-useable by others in order to advance understanding and knowledge in all disciplines. Over the past 12 months datasets have been downloaded over 26,000 times from the repository, with the most popular dataset being downloaded 3809 times (data taken on 28/09/2017 from IRUS-UK). Datasets range from medical research, to archaeological records, to photo archives of penguin poo! Thanks to our ability to mint DOIs for datasets we know that the datasets we hold have been over cited 170 times on news stories, blogs and Twitter (information from Our website proves popular, not only with our own researchers, but with a global audience as 60% of the visits to the website come from outside the UK.

The 1000th dataset was created by the Office of Scholarly Communication to mark this fantastic achievement. The celebratory dataset is based on information gathered from the Request a Copy service that is run in Apollo. A range of outputs are requested from the repository, with article and theses providing most popular. Interestingly, several of the theses that were requested were written 60 years ago and one of the oldest was written in 1927 about the Falkland Islands.  Read more about the Cambridge’s Request a Copy dataset on our Unlocking Research blog.

To celebrate our 1000 datasets (and counting) we held a party at the University Library. Dr Jess Gardner, Director of Library Services, spoke how the Library’s “support and our overriding philosophy is all about supporting open research and opening data as widely as possible”. Zoe Adams, a PhD student at Cambridge, gave her perspective on the benefits of sharing data via the repository and Dr Lauren Cadwallader, who is responsible for the Research Data Facility spoke about the showcase 1000th dataset. More details about the party can be found in our dedicated for this occasion blog.

Image featuring various photos taken from the celebration party

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