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Tuesday, June 20 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Integrating Research Data Management Services into institutional workflows: a South African perspective

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Research Data Management services are being implemented by academic and research libraries in support of university research activities globally. In South Africa, some libraries are beginning to provide frameworks for these services with some degree of successes and challenges as policies are being formulated, infrastructure being setup, library staff being trained and awareness and advocacy campaigns being held with academic staff and researchers. Challenges being faced include availability of resources and infrastructures and limited data management skills among library staff. This paper reports on how the library at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is developing and integrating research data management services into institutional research workflows. The paper includes issues that are driving eResearch at the institution and how requirements of researchers in the field of biomedical research have been used in a pilot eResearch project. The report also details how the university library is using these user requirements to develop tools such as data management plans, electronic laboratory journals and systems for integration with institutional research workflows. The paper further outlines how an international collaborative approach has assisted the library to participate in the development of an open source platform for the management of the full research cycle in support of research data management. It concludes with how further skills development within the library is being undertaken to support data services and some of the likely challenges for further development of the services.


Elisha Rufaro Chiware

Director, Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries
Dr. Elisha Chiware: is the Director of Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries in Cape Town, South Africa. Elisha is also the current Secretary of IATUL (International Association of University Libraries Board). Dr. Chiware has worked in libraries and library and information... Read More →

Tuesday June 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am PDT
D1.03 - 1st floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen