South Africa: Data Citation Workshop 2015
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The South Africa Data Citation Workshop, named "Data citation as a catalyst for good RDM practices", was held on the 10th December 2015 at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Knowledge Commons building (Ulwazi), Pretoria, South Africa.
9:00 Welcome, Paul Laughton, Chair: CODATA SA
9:15 An International perspective,
"Science as an open enterprise - looking at the wider context for research data management (RDM) as well as Open Science", Prof Colin Wright, Department of Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa
9:45 An International perspective,
"The international drive and importance of data citation. RDA Task group as well as any other relevant international initiatives", Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA
10:15 An International perspective, "CODATA Data Citation Task Team & its outputs".The citation principles developed, Martie van Deventer, CODATA Data Citation Task Group Member
10:30 A funder perspective, "Research using public funding: The South African case", Daisy Selematsela, Executive Director: KMC NRF:
(a) NRF Open Access Statement
(b) Requirements to be met
- (a) Repository certification: A network of trusted data repositories for South Africa
- (b) DIRISA repository
- (c) Encouraging good research practice – also for proper citation
- (d) National digital object identifier infrastructure
- (e) Researcher IDs
12:15 An African case study, “$100 is not much to you”: Unseen Barriers in Open Science, Louise Bezuidenhout, University of Exeter and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS)
12:45 Questions & general discussion
The delegate perspective
14:00 Data Citation Workshop discussion:
- Concerns, success stories. Will data citation really be seen as a reward for the proper management of research data?
Shared language / Jargon Workshop discussion:
- Clarification of terms (some examples)
- Ownership/ Management/ Stewardship
- Persistent identifiers
- Open, Embargoed and Restricted access
- Data centre
- DMP / RDM / RDA
Roles and responsibilities Workshop discussion
The RDM role and responsibility of each of the following:
- Research offices/ officers
- Ethics committees
- IP/ Licensing office
- The researchers
- Role/ responsibility for a data center
Proposed/ Possible solutions:
Institutions have three options when making their research data accessible :
(a) Establish your own managed data repository;
(b) Make use of an established subject / domain repository;
(c) Use DIRISA’s repository (prototype will be demonstrated):
- Join the planning and development team …
- Contribute to the requirements document for the repository (including the citation reference/ protocol) and preservation management and infrastructure.
- Ensure that all repositories could be harvested to allow for a national ‘register’ of South African data sets.
- RDM Plans – what are the funder requirements
- Specify the requirements for a national initiative.
Meeting adjourns, Paul Laughton