This has been the first full calendar year data.ncl has been available for our researchers to archive and share data. And in the spirit of best of 2020 articles on film, TV shows and music I have dug into data.ncl’s usage statistics to pull out the headlines.
360 data deposits (718 in total)
118 different researchers archiving data (174 in total)
47,190 data downloads
Our top three datasets based on views and downloads in 2020 were:
- Newcastle Grasp Library
- Handwritten Chinese Numbers
- EMG and data glove dataset for dexterous myoelectric control
The treemap below shows unsurprisingly that the most popular item uploaded was dataset (72%), then figure (15%) and media in a distant third (9%).
And the USA was the country that accessed our datasets the most with nearly 100,000 views from the stars and stripes alone.
As we move into 2021, I would love for this growth to continue and to see an increase in numbers across the board but in particular:
- A greater number of records of datasets where the data is held elsewhere
- An increase in code and software being archived and shared (currently 3% of all items but we have a GitHub plugin to make it easy to send snapshots to data.ncl)
- The use of data.ncl as a platform to build dashboards upon that allows data to be manipulated and visualised
Let’s see what 2021 holds for data.ncl and we’ll be here to help archive and share the full variety of data and code from research at Newcastle.