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Ilifu Research Data Management and Open Science Policy and Guidelines

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.

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Ilifu User-supplied Equipment Resource Allocation Policy

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.

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Shared Data Management Services

Available to users of ilifu are shared research data management services across the consortium, including national, regional and institutional levels.


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CoreTrustSeal Self-Assessment

CoreTrustSeal(CTS) offers a core level certification based on the World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS) Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements catalogue and procedures 1. This universal catalogue of requirements reflects the core characteristics of trustworthy data repositories in compliance with the global principles of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Repository instances across the consortium are expected to have CTS certification. ilifu consortium partners (CPUT, SU, UCT, UWC) completed a preliminary self-rating against CTS checklist requirements for their respective institutional Figshare instances.

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Advocacy programme on the benefits of data sharing and Open Science

Open Science represents an approach to the scientific process based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and collaborative tools (European Commission, 2016:33). Open Science is generally used as an umbrella term, covering facets such as Open Data, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Open Source, Scientific social networks, Open Notebooks, Open Peer Review and Citizen Science (Foster, 2019). Open Science is ultimately aimed at making scientific research and data accessible to all.


  1. European Commission. 2015. New policy initiative: The establishment of an Open Science Policy platform. [Online]
  2. Foster. 2019. What is Open Science? Introduction. [Online]

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