Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

DataHub: Collections


How to Create Collections?

Collections provide you the way to organize your data and to bring data together under a theme. It not only works like a folder structure to group your data together, but also helps you to collate private data from your own inventory and public data published by others. Collections are private by default, but could be public and assigned a DOI.

1. Go to the “Collection” tab and press on the "+Create a new collection" button.



2. Complete the compulsory fields marked with a green dot next to them.


3. At this point, you may also choose to reserve a DOI for your collection as well.


4. Click on “Save changes” when all the required fields are completed.

How to Add Data to Collections?

1. Select the collection that you would like to add data to.


2. Click on “Add public items”.

You will be directed to the page for searching public data you wish to add.
Instead of merely looking for data from within the university, you may also search for publications shared on Figshare by ticking the top left box.


3. Switch to add your own private data by clicking on “My data”. Switching between the public item searching page and your “My data” page will not erase your selected items. You can switch between them at any time without losing your selection.



4. If you would like to clear your selection, click on “Deselect all”. Confirm to add the selected items to your collection by pressing on the “Add selected items” button.
5. You can also simply click on "+Collect" to add a public item you are currently viewing into your collection.


How to Publish Collection?

It is possible to make your collection public if all the items contained are already public. You could publish it by clicking on the Manage gear wheel on the top right of the screen, and selecting “Publish collection”.


Please be aware that publishing is permanent. A reminder box will also pop up and ask for your further confirmation. Select “Yes, publish” to proceed.


Once your collection goes public, a green dot will appear on the left side of the Manage gear wheel.


Data and Scholarly Communication Librarian

Profile Photo
Jesse Xiao
5/F Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
(852) 2241 5841

Contact our Professionals

HKU Research Data Services

Ask a Librarian

 Service Counter


   WhatsApp: 5441-5441