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ZivaHub Data Sharing and Publishing: Open And Closed Collaboration

This guide details all the information needed when using UCT's Institutional Repository ZivaHub

Open And Closed Collaboration

ZivaHub, running on the Figshare for Institutions platform, is ISO-certified as 1 2 a trusted digital repository. As such, it provides a GDPR-compliant environment, meeting the e-privacy and data security regulations of the European Union. Once you are logged in to ZivaHub, you can create a project and invite collaborators to it, including researchers outside of UCT. You can also be invited to other researcher’s projects to either view or contribute to their data. In short, the Projects tab is your pathway to collaboration on ZivaHub. Here, we will look in some detail at the two project types:

  1. Individual project
  2. Group project ( recommended )

As the type cannot be changed after creating a project , a number of considerations should be made by the project creator when choosing the project type4:

  1. Whose storage quota should be used - an individual or a UCT department?
  2. Who will be the owner of the data once the project is completed?
  3. Who will be reviewing items shared by non-UCT users?

This table presents a simple comparison between Individual and Group project types:


 Group ( recommended )


 Everyone uses their own quota

and account storage. For UCT

users: 20GB, for non-UCT users

with a standard

account: 5GB.

 Submitter’s quota will not be used,

storage allocation comes directly

from the project.5

 Ownership of data

 The individual who uploaded the

data owns the data at all times.

People take their data with them

if they leave the project.

 All work is stored on institutional

storage and remains within the

project space if people leave. After

the departure of any team

members, the project creator

becomes the owner of the data



Items published by users from

outside the organisation don’t

have to go through review (if

review is turned on for the


Items published by users from

outside the organisation have to

go through review (if review is

turned on for the group).

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