Renate Meyer, Head of Special Collections at UCT Libraries, introduces guest speaker, Pip Willcox, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries, during a series of digital scholarship workshops hosted at UCT Libraries in June 2016.
Digital scholarship presents an affordable and open model for scholarly communication.
Digital media is a credible, professional, and legitimate means of research.
The use of digital collections within the UCT Libraries' Special Collections enhances research, teaching, and learning, specifically in the digital humanities.
DLS endeavour to support digital scholarship by:
providing digitisation and Research Data Management (RDM) services
increasing research output by supporting eResearch
supporting data management and data sharing
educating the research community about digital scholarship
training staff and students to use the infrastructure provided by UCT Libraries
integrating UCT Libraries’ digital tools and systems with regional and national infrastructure.
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|
|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.