Resources and Tools

DATA INTENSIVE RESEARCH (DIR) TOOLS

  • The Jupyter project allows users to run complex workflows (known as notebooks) on one’s computer and/or in the cloud via any browser. Along with online services such as Github and Binder, Jupyter can be used to carry out collaborative data-intensive research work.
  • Cloud computing companies also offer limited free-tier access to professional tools such as Google Colaboratory (for code development and execution) and Google Data Studio (for data reporting and visualization).
  • The UWC Meerkat Cluster supports data intensive research for UWC faculty, research staff, postdocs and postgraduate students.
  • Ilifu is a cloud computing facility devoted to astronomy and bioinformatics data-intensive research.

DATA PUBLISHING AT UWC

Research data management (RDM) is the process of organising and documenting data processes (collection, description, de-identification, curation, archiving and publication) within a research project. Find out more about RDM at UWC.

UWC-AFFILIATED REPOSITORIES

UWC’s institutional repository is Kikapu (which is an instance of Figshare), which is the preferred mode of storing and publishing research data at UWC.

Zenodo is another option for UWC researchers, and has an active UWC Zenodo community.

Both Kikapu and Zenodo are open access online repositories for research data, and once data is published (and licenced), a DOI is minted.

USEFUL TOOLS

  • re3data.org – Global Registry of Research Repositories 
  • A list of metadata standards, maintained by the RDA (Research Data Alliance) Metadata Standards Directory Working Group and “supported by individuals and organizations involved in the development, implementation, and use of metadata for scientific data. The overriding goal is to develop a collaborative, open directory of metadata standards applicable to scientific data can help address infrastructure challenges1“.
  • Register with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) – “The RDA vision is for researchers and innovators to openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society”2
  • What is the most appropriate license for my data? Figshare offers a handy summary. 
  • DataONE has put together a useful Primer on Data Management
  • Test how FAIR your data is with the ARDC’s FAIR Assessment Tool

DATA MANAGEMENT PLANNING (DMP) TOOLS

There are several free and open-source online applications that help researchers create their own DMP. The UWC DMPTool is currently in development.

  • Dmptool was created by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) and other contributors
  • The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has its own tool, DMPOnline
  • The DMPRoadmap is a DCC/UC3 collaboration for a data management planning tool

UWC LIBRARY SERVICES

The Library Services team at UWC works closely with the eResearch office. They regularly host workshops and webinars, and are always willing to assist with RDM queries. Contact them at rdm-support@uwc.ac.za.  

POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

Globally, the last decade has seen a proliferation of open data policies. Some of our more locally relevant policies on open access include  

Internationally, the GDPR is an EU legislation that aims to give people more control over their data.

1 RDA Metadata Standards Directory
2 About the RDA