Funders (including the NRF) and publishers require that research data supporting projects and publications be made available, and in line with global trends, UWC is committed to data being “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.

Kikapu is UWC’s online institutional research data repository. It is a versatile platform for publishing and accessing research data and scholarly outputs, and accepts a wide variety of non-traditional research outputs and file formats. Research data and any associated documents can be stored and shared in either primary or refined versions. Kikapu is powered by Figshare for Institutions, and all UWC students and staff can access the system with their Novell credentials.

Using a platform like Kikapu has been shown to increase citations and boost research metrics. Research data being FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) is one of the cornerstones of RDM, and Kikapu simplifies this process for researchers. Data records can be published with a dedicated DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Learn more about depositing research data with Kikapu in the video below.

Figshare Support also has a useful YouTube playlist for all users.

UWC-Specific FAQs

Are all UWC students and staff members able to create a Kikapu profile?

Yes, as long as the user has a (staff) or (students) account, they will be able to create a Kikapu profile by logging in with their UWC network credentials at

Are my Kikapu credentials the same as my UWC network (i.e. iKamva) Credentials?

Yes, they are, since Kikapu uses UWC network crecredentials (i.e. username and password). UWC network passwords can be reset at

Can I collaborate on a Kikapu project with people external to UWC?

Yes, external (non-UWC) users can collaborate on projects on Kikapu. Read more about collaborating with external users here.

Does Kikapu store different types of files, like audio and images?

You can store any kind of digital media formats on Kikapu.

Go to Figshare’s Help Pages to ask more specific questions. Alternatively, contact the eResearch support team.