The workshop program and presentations can be downloaded here.

The National Research Data Workshop 2021 will be held on 11 – 13 October 2021, this time online. The workshop is for the academic research community, participants who would like to share their knowledge and experience in data intensive research, and research data management related topics. This is the fourth workshop hosted by the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) and will feature key contributions by leading researchers, research managers and experts who are currently shaping the future of data intensive research and data management in this field. You are invited to submit an abstract on any of a number of themes that will be covered during the workshop.

This event also includes a data science training tutorial aimed at preparing the university students who will participate at the annual Datathon student competition in December 2021. This online training will show how to open research data can be used to come up with creative and innovative solutions to some of South Africa’s challenges.

Abstract information:
Abstracts are to be submitted via email to dirisa [at] or xnkosi [at] An email will be sent to you to acknowledge receipt of your submission. A unique number will be allocated to your submission. The abstract closing date is 24 September 2021. Notification of acceptance – 25 September 2021.

Themes for the National Data Workshop:
Session 1: “Meeting New Challenges and Seizing New Opportunities using Research Data.”
Session 2: “Assessing Research Data Management Practices”
Session 3: “Long Term Preservation of Research Data”
Session 4: “Capability Maturity Model for RDM”
Session 5: “Research Data Infrastructures”
Session 6: “Data Processing and Analytics”
Session 7: “Research Data Management”
Session 8: “Disciplined Focused Data Research Environment

Contact Information
You are welcome to contact Xolani Nkosi at xnkosi [at] for more information.