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Chippenham, Wiltshire and Salford, UK – 23rd July 2015 – Arkivum, the provider of ultra-safe and secure, long-term, large-scale digital data storage and archive services is delighted to announce today that University of Salford has selected an integrated solution from Arkivum and Figshare in order to meet its research data management requirements.

With funder mandated expectations on open access to data imposed by researching-funding bodies such as Research Council UK (RCUK) now in force, UK institutions like University of Salford are having to take measures to ensure their research data is stored securely and persistently, with appropriate metadata and made freely accessible on the Internet.

University of Salford’s new solution enables staff, students and researchers to meet funding-body requirements for open access to data while providing a secure, long-term space for a wide range of content; all on a platform that encourages data discovery, collaboration and re-use.

Working together in partnership, Arkivum is providing its large scale, long-term, and assured digital archiving solution and Figshare, its research data management discovery platform which specialises in ‘active data’. This new innovative integrated solution meets the key requirements set out by University of Salford by:

• Lowering operating costs
• Providing a highly reliable service from suppliers with established reputations in the UK
• Complying with RCUK funding guidelines and UK legal requirements.

Additionally, the solution supports the storage of primary data generated during original research projects, alongside derived and summarised data used to support publications.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Figshare and Arkivum”, said David Clay, Associate University Librarian at the University of Salford. “The two systems work seamlessly together and exceed all of our current requirements for managing open access to our funded research data. We see this as a long-term collaborative partnership and are looking forward to deploying new functionality as our need and requirements grow”.

“We’re delighted that the University of Salford chose the Arkivum and Figshare solution”, said Steve Mackey, VP of Sales for Education at Arkivum. “As we work with institutions to help them deploy systems that provide them with compliance to open access expectations, our partnership with Figshare is leading the way and the University of Salford has demonstrated its confidence in the combined solution whilst thinking long-term in meeting its research data management requirements”.

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Notes to Editors

About University of Salford

Salford is an ambitious University, with our 20,000 students contributing enormously to the local economy and it boasts considerable expertise in transforming individuals and communities through excellent teaching, research, innovation and engagement. University of Salford leads in areas, including health, energy, media and the built environment and has completed impressive work with business and industry partners.

About Figshare

Figshare is the research data management platform used by the world’s leading researchers, institutions and publishers. Founded by Dr Mark Hahnel in 2011 who, whilst studying for his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College, London became frustrated at not being able to publish all his scientific research. The platform allows any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the traditional scholarly publishing model does not allow. Figshare is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit figshare.com and www.digital-science.com.

About Arkivum

Arkivum is an innovative, fast growing data archiving provider, specialising in delivering long-term archiving solutions with unique bit level preservation and an unrivalled 100% data integrity guarantee. Formed as a spin-out from the University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre, Arkivum’s technology experience and expertise is fundamental in enabling it to ensure core solutions meet the needs of its customers.

Since its formation in 2011, Arkivum has grown steadily, boasting 300% growth in 2014 and the same expected for 2015. Arkivum provides archiving solutions to 1 in 3 of the top 60 universities in the UK, but its business growth is not only within the higher education sector. The need to retain and provide access to large volumes of data for many years to come is also paramount in other sectors too, such as healthcare, heritage and life sciences. For more information, visit www.arkivum.com

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