When Mark Hahnel was finishing his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London in 2011, he was sitting on about 9GB of data that he wanted to publish but couldn't. That's when the actual seeds of figshare were first sown. He finished his PhD on Friday, and on the following Monday, he started working on figshare full time, says Hahnel, figshare's founder. He built a platform where he could share data with other researchers and receive credit for his work.
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