datalad export-to-figshare


datalad export-to-figshare [-h] [-d DATASET] [--missing-content error|continue|ignore] [--no-annex] [--article-id ID] [PATH]


Export the content of a dataset as a ZIP archive to figshare

Very quick and dirty approach. Ideally figshare should be supported as a proper git annex special remote. Unfortunately, figshare does not support having directories, and can store only a flat list of files. That makes it impossible for any sensible publishing of complete datasets.

The only workaround is to publish dataset as a zip-ball, where the entire content is wrapped into a .zip archive for which figshare would provide a navigator.



File name of the generated ZIP archive. If no file name is given the archive will be generated in the top directory of the dataset and will be named: datalad_<dataset_uuid>.zip. Constraints: value must be a string [Default: None]

-h, –help, –help-np

show this help message. –help-np forcefully disables the use of a pager for displaying the help message

-d DATASET, –dataset DATASET

“specify the dataset to export. If no dataset is given, an attempt is made to identify the dataset based on the current working directory. Constraints: Value must be a Dataset or a valid identifier of a Dataset (e.g. a path)

–missing-content error|continue|ignore

By default, any discovered file with missing content will result in an error and the plugin is aborted. Setting this to ‘continue’ will issue warnings instead of failing on error. The value ‘ignore’ will only inform about problem at the ‘debug’ log level. The latter two can be helpful when generating a TAR archive from a dataset where some file content is not available locally. Constraints: value must be a string [Default: ‘error’]


By default the generated .zip file would be added to annex, and all files would get registered in git-annex to be available from such a tarball. Also upon upload we will register for that archive to be a possible source for it in annex. Setting this flag disables this behavior. [Default: False]

–article-id ID

Which article to publish to. Constraints: value must be convertible to type ‘int’ [Default: None]


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