Citizen Science Meets University Libraries webinar

You are invited to a NeDICC webinar which will be held on 28 October 2020 at 10:00-11:00 via Zoom (access details at the bottom of the email)

The topic of the webinar is:

Citizen science meets university libraries: unlocking a potential relationship.
The research landscape is evolving, and this has impacted on how research data is collected. In the same breath: there is an upsurge in research which requires making use of assistance provided by ordinary citizens, which gave birth to the term citizen science.  These ordinary members of the society, who are not necessarily trained in conducting research, are commissioned to gather scientific data or to describe the samples gathered by scientists. University libraries, in their mandate to support teaching, learning, research and community engagement, could play a role in building communities and in creating an enabling environment for citizen science to prosper.

The purpose of the webinar is to introduce university librarians and data librarians to citizen science and to highlight the potential role that university libraries can play to support citizen science activities. This webinar will serve as a first step in the process to introduce citizen science to a relevant community of professionals.

The presenter will be Ms Modiehi Rammutloa (UNISA)


Modiehi Rammutloa is a specialist for data standards and quality reporting at the University of South Africa Library and is currently enrolled for a PhD in Information Science at the same University. She holds an M.Phil degree in Information and Knowledge Management from Stellenbosch University. Her career life in LIS spans over 20 years in different libraries. Modiehi has a keen interest in Information and Knowledge Management, data standardization and quality, management information systems in libraries, research data management and also recently added citizen science to her research interests.

To register for the webinar, please Click Here!           

Registration closes on 27 October 2020


The link to access this webinar is:

01 August 2018 Machine-Actionable Data Management Plan Workshop

NeDICC 1 August 2018 Machine Actionable DMP

Dear colleagues

You are invited to attend the NeDICC  1 August 2018 Machine-Actionable Data Management Plan Workshop,  at the CSIR Knowledge Commons in Pretoria. NeDICC brings you Sarah Jones from the UK Digital Curation Centre, to present and facilitate a workshop Data Management Plans (DMP)and harnessing technology for DMP ease and efficiency.

Date: 1 August 2018

Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons in Pretoria

Time: 07:30 for 08:00 to 16:00

Cost: ZAR 1000-00 p/p (Payment details to follow registration for event.)

General enquiries: Johann van Wyk, Niklas Zimmer and Fatima Darries

Register for attendance at :

Please note that there are only 50 places.

Please share this notice to those at your institution who would benefit from learning about a machine actionable Data Management Plan. Librarians, knowledge management workers, data curators, researchers, ICT colleagues and others interested are invited to register for this workshop.

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are becoming commonplace across the globe, but opportunities are being missed to make the best use of the data and truly support researchers’ practices. The current manifestation of a DMP—a static pdf/doc/txt file created before a project even begins—only contributes to the perception that they are an annoying administrative exercise. What they really are is an integral part of research practice since today most research (across all disciplines) involves data, code, and other digital components. So can we reimagine DMPs in this context?

This workshop will address ideas for making DMPs machine-actionable and integrating them with other tools and services to embed the DMP in existing research workflows. Brainstorming and discussion sessions will give participants an opportunity to define and prioritise use cases that connect the DMP to support services and make the best use of the data.

Presenter: Sarah Jones is Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre, a service to support the higher education sector with research data management. She coordinates work on the DCC’s Data Management Planning tool – DMPonline – and undertakes research on data policy and data management planning. She has written several articles and book chapters on these topics, and co-edited Delivering Research Data Management Services: fundamentals of good practice. Sarah provides advisory services, training and consultancy via the DCC and is involved in the FOSTER+, OpenAIRE and Research Data Alliance projects. She is also rapporteur on the European Commission’s FAIR Data Expert Group. Her work in a European context focuses primarily on training and data management planning to facilitate open science and compliance with Horizon 2020 requirements.


7:30-8:00 Coffee/Tea
8:00-8:05 Welcome and introductory remarks Niklas Zimmer
8:05-8:15 Introduction on workshop aims and scope Sarah Jones
8:15-9:00 An overview to Active DMPs Sarah Jones
9:00-10:30 Activity: where do DMPs sit in the lifecycle and what systems could be integrated

  1. Mind map typical research workflows
  2. Highlight tools and systems that interface with DMPs and map these onto the workflow
  3. Consider which data could be fed automatically from these systems into DMPs or vice versa?
Sarah Jones and Facilitators
10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea
11:00-12:15 Group discussion

  • Describe / share the research workflows and where DMPs fit into them
  • Which systems/services are relevant in the workflow and should connect with DMP tools?
  • What can be automated and what will always have to be completed manually?
  • How can we get more value from DMPs? (e.g. by open publishing, package DMPs together with data etc.)
Sarah Jones and Facilitators
12:15-13:00 Overview of the DMP Roadmap project, and progress made Sarah Jones
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Defining use cases for machine-actionable DMPs

Groups will be allocated to one of the following topics and asked to work through scenarios to identify the priority use cases in the South African context.

  • Institutional e.g. integration with CRIS systems, output tracking, calculating data storage requirements, costing data management…
  • Repository e.g. alerts to forthcoming data deposits, sharing PIDs once data are published, making repository recommendations…
  • Data discovery e.g. alerts to relevant data being published, using PIDs to link outputs and update CVs…
  • Evaluation and monitoring e.g. notifications of data deposit / policy requirements being met, structured questions and automated assessment…
Sarah Jones & Facilitators
15:30-16:00 Questions and closure

NeDICC Programme 2018

Date Activity Topic
7 March 2018
14:00 – 16:00
CoP Meeting Data Ethics: Unashamedly ethical 

Dr Retha Visagie, Manger: Research Integrity, UNISA


4 April 2018

09:00 to 12:30

NeDICC Workshop Digital Scholarship – Don’t get left behind

Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons, CSIR, Pretoria

Presenter: Isak van der Walt, Senior IT Consultant and MakerSpace manager, University of Pretoria

Content: Our work, private life, business, transport, literally everything is affected by digital technologies, and the way we do research is not any different. The rate and pace at which technology changes scholarly discovery and output is alarming, so are you as individual or organisation ready for this change?

This workshop aims to clarify, classify and scope digital scholarship activities for your institution. You should be able to leave the session with a better understanding on how to approach digital scholarship and what processes you could follow to enable this ever-growing field.

Please RSVP before by 12H00 on Tuesday 3 April 2018, to Fatima Darries at

The workshop can also be followed virtually:

Access details to the NeDICC virtual meeting room:

Participants are advised to see if they can access the room prior to the event as to ensure they have the right software installed. There is currently no one in the “Room” but you will be able to test.

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Dr Retha Visagie did a presentation entitled, “Data Ethics: Unashamedly ethical” at the NeDICC meeting of 7 March 2018.


For those of you that missed the presentation, the session was also recorded, and is available at

Please note that it uses Flash Player and therefore cannot be viewed in Google Chrome, but you can view it in Firefox or Internet Explorer.