The Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) forms part of the National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System (NICIS).
DIRISA aims to fulfil the following:
- Implement a Certified Tier 1 (national) Trusted Repository for research data and to operationally deploy and maintain data services and virtual research environments that enable researchers to leverage this ICT platform for data intensive research.
- Initiate the establishment of federated Tier 2 (regional) data repositories that support thematic data intensive research and capacity development.
- DIRISA is required to formulate national strategic frameworks for data intensive research and data stewardship; as part of its role to advocate and promote research data sharing and sound data management.