The goal is to provide researchers and scientists with advanced research data management facilities which enables data processing, storage, curation, storage for re-use and sharing. The project is in response to global trends in Open Science, Open Access and Open Data initiatives, which call for the open sharing of research data to enable acceleration in the advancement of science, innovation and social development.
The ilifu Research Data Management and Open Science Project is responsible for the development of policies and guidelines on good data management and sharing practices. It is also responsible for a Work Integrated Learning programme for the main project.
These guidelines have been developed to provide support to researchers and scientists working/using the facility wishing to follow best practices and enable data visibility and its sharing. With the accompanying tools and services to be provisioned in the course of the project, such as the ilifu Data Catalogue/s, these generic guidelines provide initial support to aid better data discoverability. Furthermore, ongoing discipline based approaches will provide access to appropriate metadata schemas to enable visibility of the data.
This policy is subject to change in an evolving legal and regulatory framework.
The Ilifu computing equipment is comprised of equipment funded directly from the Data-Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) grant as well as various institutional /user-supplied contributions. This document provides the high-level policy for resource allocation of such user-supplied equipment.