1st African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation


1st African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Curation
12 and 13 February 2008, at the CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria

Day 1: Conference  
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome: Prof. Mzamo P Mangaliso – President, National Research Foundation
08:45 – 09:15 Keynote: The implications of the OECD declaration on open access to scientific data for African and specifically South African policy on research data and information management and curation
The Honourable Mosibudi Mangena, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa
  Theme 1: Overview : International Trends
  Session chair: Prof Theo Bothma, University of Pretoria
09:30 – 10:10 From eScience towards Knowledge Utilities, Hans Falk Hoffmann, Honorary member CERN
10:15 – 11:00 Information Gulags, Intellectual Straightjackets, and Memory Holes, Paul Uhlir, International S&T Information Programs and U.S. National Committee for CODATA
11:00 – 11:30 Tea break
  Theme 2A: Digital Management and Curation in Practice : International Perspective
  Session chair: Dr Kivilu Kivilu, Human Sciences Research Council
11:30 – 12:15 Social Science : Implementation and Management of a National Initiative : the example of the UK Data Archive, Kevin Schurer, UK Data Archive
12:15 – 13:00 International Digital Data Management and Sharing Initiatives in the Social Sciences, Peter Elias, International Data Forum, ISSC and WIS
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
  Theme 2B: Digital Management and Curation in Practice : International Perspective
  Session chair: Dr Xola Mati, ASSAf
14:00 – 14:40 Implementing the NIH Data Sharing Policy : Expectations and Challenges, Dr Belinda Seto, National Institute of Health, US
14:40 – 15:20 Aligning Digital Preservation Policies with Community Standards, Nancy McGovern, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) 
15:20 – 16:00 GBIF Efforts in Digitising and Mobilization Primary Biodiversity Data, Vishwas Chavan and Nicholas King, Global Biodiversity Information Facility
16:00 – 16:30 Tea break
  Theme 3: New Roles and Opportunities
  Session chair: Dr Andrew Kaniki, National Research Foundation
16:30 – 17:00 The Final Seal of Approval : Directives for Data Producers/researchers, Data Consumers and Digital Archives, Henk Harmsen, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
17:00 – 17:30 Enabling Access to Scientific and Technical Data-sets in eScience : a role for Library Science, James L. Mullins, Dean of Purdue University Libraries 
17:30 – 18:00 … so what have we learnt? Andrew Kaniki, National Research Foundation
Day 2: Workshop: Longevity of digital research output. Where are we and what are our infrastructural and process needs?
08:30 – 10:30 Plenary session
  Theme 4: Curation of African Digital Content
  Session chair: Dr Kagiso Chikane, CSIR
08:30 – 09:00 State of Scientific Data in Africa, Dr Achuo Enow , International Council for Science, Regional Office for Africa
09:00 – 09:30 Oceanographic Data and Information Initiatives in Africa,Alfonse Dubi, University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Marine Sciences
09:30 – 10:00 Situation in South Africa : Outcome of NeDIC Investigation, Roy Page-Shipp, Consultant 
10:00 – 10:30 Digital Curation : the Legal Framework in South Africa,Graham Dominy, National Archives, South Africa 
10:30 – 11:00 Tea break
11:00 – 13:00 Theme 5: Digital Management and Curation Practices in Specific Sciences.
Five parallel sessions with a consolidation session in the afternoon. 
  Theme 5.1: Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Technical, etc.)
Coordinators: Zeblon Vilakazi, iTHEMBA Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences and Patricia Whitelock, South African Astronomical Observatory

Curation in Natural Sciences, Z.Z. Vilakzi, iThemba LABS and UCT-CERN Research Centre

  • Management (archival) of large data sets
  • Inter-operability between widely distributed platforms
  • Standards and protocols
  Theme 5.2: Life and Medical Sciences 
Coordinators: Fourie Joubert, University of Pretoria and Nicola Mulder, University of Cape Town
Feedback from session
We will start off with a brief presentation, and then discuss:

  • Data types relevant to Life Sciences
  • Public vs Generated data and the integration of the two
  • Data storage and management
  • Standards and ontologies
  • Current activities
  Theme 5.3: Social Sciences
Coordinators: Faye Reagon, Human Sciences Research Council; Lynn Woolfrey, DataFirst and Matile Malimabe, StatsSA
Introductory Presentation
The objective of the workshop is to identify the needs and requirements of and possible strategies for the Social Science & Humanities community to ensure the preservation and sharing of African research data and related documentation. In order to do this, the anticipated outcomes of the workshop are to:

  • Identify who the stakeholders are and what their current interests in digital management and curation are
  • Surface existing good practice
  • Identify known obstacles, requirements and needs
  • Identify possible strategies to address these

Institutional Data Curation Implementation, Human Sciences Research Council
Survey Metadata Tool : Data Management and Information Delivery Project (DMID), Matile Malimabe, Statistics South Africa
DataFirst and Data Curation, Lynn Woolfrey, University of Cape Town
Data integration at the South African Data Archive (SADA),Dr Daisy Selematsela, National Research Foundation

  Theme 5.4: Spatial Sciences
Coordinators: Heidi van Deventer, CSIR and Marina Strydom, Johannesburg Citi Parks

Curation of Spatial Data in RSA, facilitated by Heidi van Deventer, CSIR and Maryna Strydom (SRK)
Feedback from session
Workshop participants to discuss the following:

  • Motivation for digital data curation: the positive aspects of curating our data.
  • Known obstacles associated with curation.
  • Who are the stakeholders to consider?
  • Who should take on the curation responsibility?
  • What are the minimum requirements for effective curation to address?
  • Accessibility and Costs.
  • What next – whereto from here?

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