Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA), aims to ensure the long term persistence and preservation of the data on local infrastructure. As part of this, DIRISA embarked on regional meetings to introduce Figshare to research institutions and academia. Figshare pilots were organised by DIRISA on 4 July 2017 in Pretoria and 6 July 201 in Durban. The aim of the pilot was to show South African researchers and their institutions how Figshare works. Figshare is a web-based platform to help academic institutions, publishers and researchers to manage, disseminate and measure the public attention of all their research outputs. All research outputs on Figshare are made available in a citeable, shareable and discoverable manner.
The following presentations were made:
- Mr Anwar Vahed (DIRISA) – Introduction to the proposed national approach to research data management
- Mr Niklas Zimmer (University of Cape Town) – Practical applications for a research data management system
- Mr Isak Van de Walt (University of Pretoria) – Criteria and evaluation of repository platforms
- Mr Mark Hahnel (Figshare) – Introduction To Figshare
Below are some pictures from both the events: