Starting today, Mendeley Data is out of beta. We’re extremely happy with all the great datasets people have been submitting, and we now think that the product has reached the level of maturity where it has all the features people need to publish their research data online.
If you haven’t heard of Mendeley Data before, it’s a new product that allows anyone who has data from experiments to publish it online and get a DOI for it so that it is citable. We launched the beta version 6 months ago. We’ve released many new features over those months, in fact we’ve had 80 releases. So now we’re leaving beta, as a vote of confidence for Mendeley Data being stable, robust and fully featured. We think that Mendeley Data is now the best place to store research data online.
Some of the new things we’ve introduced over the last few months are an expanded category selection (we now have over 4,000 categories to choose from!), the ability to embargo a dataset so that the files are only available after a certain period of time, and some new fields such as “steps to reproduce” which allows you to explain how to re-create the dataset. We’ve got lots more in store, but we think now is the best time for you to try uploading your datasets.
We like to make sure that our service is available 24/7, so that you can use it day or night. Over the past three months, Mendeley Data has been online 99.993% of the time, or to put it another way, we have been down for just 9 minutes. Below is a graph showing our stats over the last three months.
We’ve got some exciting new features around the corner, the biggest of which is a new search functionality that will make it easier then ever to find datasets which you are interested in.
So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the datasets people have already published or create your own. We always appreciate feedback, so get in touch if there’s anything you want to say.