eResearch Report 2017 - 2018 - Page 15



Dealing with the data
We needed an independent space that was agnostic in terms of
where the authors were based and what types of content it could
accommodate,” she adds. The other key requirement was that the
platform could accommodate an open-access licensing imperative.
The research, funded by Canada’s
International Development
Research Centre (IDRC), was the
first of its kind in terms of scope.
It aimed to set up an empirical
baseline to highlight a Global South
perspective on OERs.
“A project with this kind of
mandate must have the proper
curatorial and publishing
agenda,” says Michelle Wilmers,
the project’s curation and
dissemination manager.
They needed a repository that
could host the entire ROER4D
collection, and after evaluating
their options, decided on Zenodo.
“We needed an independent
space that was agnostic in terms
of where the authors were based
and what types of content it could
accommodate,” she adds. The
other key requirement was that the
platform could accommodate an
open-access licensing imperative.
“The value of Zenodo is that it
doesn’t discriminate in terms of
content, source or type,” says
Wilmers. “And, importantly,
because it is backed by CERN
and is part of the Horizon 2020
European Union initiative, there is a
strong sustainability factor.”
In addition, they placed UCTauthored content in the OpenUCT
repository. The project’s
microdata was published through
DataFirst, which provided
valuable specialist data curation
and publishing expertise.
Once ZivaHub had been
established by UCT Libraries’
Digital Library Services (DLS),
the ROER4D curation and
dissemination team collaborated
with DLS to harvest the records
and actual research objects from
Zenodo into ZivaHub in order for
these to become part of the formal
UCT collection.
“We relied on an important
principle from the libraries world
– LOCKSS: lots of copies keeps
stuff safe,” says Wilmers. “But
this principle must be applied
strategically. It cannot involve just
putting content in different places;
one must consider aspects such as
version control and ensuring that
different environments speak to
each other.”
The goal, she says, is to have a
strategic publishing and curation
approach, which needs to be
carefully planned from the start.
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