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Research Data Management (RDM): Data Publishing

Introduction

Research data can be published in trusted discipline specific repositories or on an institutional research data repository. The University of Pretoria uses the Figshare platform for its research data repository on which University of Pretoria researchers can publish their data

Data Journals

Data journals consist of "data articles that describe how, why and when a dataset was collected and any derived data product" (Whyte, 2015). "Rather than presenting any analysis or conclusions, a data article may present arguments about the value of the data for future analysis" (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2020). "Such publishing mechanism both give credit that is recognizable within the scientific ecosystem, and also ensure the quality of the published data and metadata through the peer review process" (Gorgolewski et al., 2015).

 

 

 

 

UP Research Data Repository (Figshare)

The University's research data repository runs on a Figshare instance and can be searched at https://researchdata.up.ac.za/

Figshare is an international cloud-based Research Data Repository in support of the dissemination phase of the Research Data Management life cycle

This data repository facilitates data publishing, sharing and collaboration of academic research, allowing UP to manage and in some cases showcase its data to the wider research community

Procedure to upload datasets onto the UP research data repository

Procedure to upload datasets onto the UP research data repository is as follows:

  • For students: Login into the UP Portal. Click on Add/Remove Portlet and then add the Research Data Repository portlet. This portlet will now be permanently on your Student Portal interface. On the Research Data Repository portlet click on Research Data Repository Platform. A Safire authentication page will now open. Click Yes, continue. Figshare will now open. You can now upload the data file(s) and complete the metadata fields. When done, tick the Publish box and click on Save Changes. The library will then review the metadata and do the final approval.
  • For other researchers and academic staff: login into the UP Portal. Go to the Research Data Repository portletOn the Research Data Repository portlet click on Research Data Repository Platform. A Safire authentication page will now open. Click Yes, continue. Figshare will now open. You can now upload the data file(s) and complete the metadata fields. When done, tick the Publish box and click on Save Changes. The library will then review the metadata and do the final approval.

For further assistance or queries please contact Rosina Ramokgola at e-mail: rosina.ramokgola@ up.ac.za or Pfano Makhera at e-mail: pfano.makhera@up.ac.za

 

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