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ZivaHub Data Sharing and Publishing: Creating Your Profile

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

Creating Your Profile

Guideline for creating a user profile on ZivaHub | Open Data UCT

ZivaHub | Open Data UCT is powered by Figshare for Institutions - an online repository platform for discovering, citing and sharing research data. The purpose of this guide is to assist you to create your profile on ZivaHub, and associate the data you publish with your ORCiD profile. Your ZivaHub profile is a window to the world concerning who you are as a researcher and the data associated with your research. It is important to create a coherent public image of who you are in order to promote your work and connect you to other researchers with similar interests.


Profile picture

  • We suggest that you use a recent image that portrays and identifies you professionally. 


Professional details


  • ORCiD identifier: Your ZivaHub profile should be linked to your ORCiD identifier.

NB: please sign in to ORCID using your institutional account.

  • First & last name: Include in your name all ‘other names’ you have published under,

incl. abbreviations, middle initials and different surnames.

  • Field of interest: Include your field of interest. If your field of interest is not listed, you

can do a keyword search by typing it in the text box.

  • Location: Organisation name, location etc.


Social media links

  • Facebook: a social networking site; can be used for professional networking.

  • Twitter: a site to establish yourself as an expert. Tweet about your data, etc. 

  • LinkedIn: a site for professional networking, incl. employment history & skills.


Biographical information

This section reveals who you are as a researcher. It details your research interests, history and career goals. Make use of this space to share your past experience and future prospects in an engaging way.



You may type in the references to your publications in this section. There is an +Add publication button that will allow you to scroll down and add as many publications as you like.

… once you are done, simply tick save changes, and go to view your public profile!

NB: We encourage you to regularly update your profile to ensure that it correctly represents your professional persona and your affiliations.


Guideline for linking your ZivaHub account with ORCiD


What is ORCiD?

ORCiD is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. For more information please go to ZivaHub offers an ORCiD integration that, once connected, will allow you to push all of your public items from ZivaHub to ORCiD. 

Connecting your ZivaHub account to ORCiD

To push all of your public items from figshare to ORCiD you need to ensure DataCite is authorised on your ORCiD account. DataCite is responsible for issuing the DOIs to data in figshare. Once authorised, your public figshare items will be displayed in the work section of your ORCiD profile. The following steps show you how to authorize DataCite on your ORCiD account:

  1. Sign in at

  2. Sign in with your ORCiD

  3. Authorize


After logging in to your ORCiD account:


  1. Scroll down to the Works section and click +Add works

  2. Select Search & link, you’ll be presented with the services you can link to

  3. Select DataCite


Next, you will be presented with a permissions form. Upon reviewing the Privacy Policy, tick the box alongside 'Allow this permission until I revoke it' and select Authorise. 

You will then be taken to your DataCite settings page. To check the authorisation has worked successfully head back to ORCiD and to your Account Settings tab. DataCite should now be listed as a Trusted organisation.

Furthermore, you can set up a DataCite profile (if you don't already have one) and then give DataCite permission to automatically update your ORCiD record. You only have to do that once and DataCite will keep on updating your ORCiD record every time they mint a DOI, where your ORCiD iD is included in the metadata. See:, and click on ORCiD Auto-Update once you have a profile set up. In this way, you do not have to keep manually adding figshare items to your ORCiD account. This is especially useful when you have a lot of data!


To then sync your ORCiD to your figshare profile, follow these steps:

  1. Click Connect and enable syncing with your ORCiD

  2. Sign in to ORCiD

  3. Authorize