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Research Data Management (RDM): Open Science

UCT Libraries Research Data Services provide guidance and support for all aspects of the data lifecycle, from planning your data management strategy during the proposal phase through preserving your data at the conclusion of your project.

What is Open Science (OS) ?


Provides definitions of the main terms used in Open Science, including Research Data, and Gold, Green, Gratis and Libre Open Access.

Open Research Data

· Research data can be defined simply as whatever is either produced in the research process or evidences research outputs such as articles;

· The European Commission’s definition is: “information, in particular facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or

calculation” (Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data Horizon 2020 -;

· Examples include: statistics, results of experiments, measurements, observations resulting from fieldwork, survey results, interview recordings, images;

· Open data are deposited in institutional or specialist repositories and licensed appropriately so that prospective users know clearly any limitations on re-use.

To learn more about some further ,read definitions and clarifications by Sarah Jones

Open Science at UCT

Open Science : Tools and Services

Through the eResearch Centre in which DLS is based, UCT offers a range of tools and services for certain steps along the research data lifecycle, as shown in the image and table below:

Research stage UCT tool or service
Design study DMPonline
Store data UCT G Drive  -  UCT One Drive & UCT Google Drive  -  Additional storage
Publish report ZivaHub  -  Zenodo  -  Open Journal Systems

The platforms mentioned in the table above are supported directly by UCT. UCT students and staff are free to use whichever tools and services they desire, including external services, so long as those tools comply with the legal and ethical conditions (for example, provisions around data being stored in-country) that apply to their research.