1st African Digital Management and Curation Conference and Workshop

12 and 13 February 2008, at the CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria

Day 1: Conference

    Prof. Mzamo P Mangaliso
    President, National Research Foundation

Keynote: The implications of the OECD declaration on open access to scientific data for African and specifically South African policy on research data and information management and curation
    The Honourable Mosibudi Mangena
    Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa
Theme 1: Overview : International Trends

    Prof Theo Bothma
    University of Pretoria

From eScience towards Knowledge Utilities
    Hans Falk Hoffmann
    Honorary member CERN

Information Gulags, Intellectual Straightjackets, and Memory Holes
    Paul Uhlir
    International S&T Information Programs and U.S. National Committee for CODATA
Theme 2A: Digital Management and Curation in Practice : International Perspective

    Dr Kivilu Kivilu
    Human Sciences Research Council

Social Science : Implementation and Management of a National Initiative : the example of the UK Data Archive
    Kevin Schurer
    UK Data Archive

International Digital Data Management and Sharing Initiatives in the Social Sciences
    Peter Elias
    International Data Forum, ISSC and WIS

Theme 2B: Digital Management and Curation in Practice : International Perspective

    Dr Xola Mati

Implementing the NIH Data Sharing Policy : Expectations and Challenges
    Dr Belinda Seto
    National Institute of Health, US

Aligning Digital Preservation Policies with Community Standards
    Nancy McGovern
    Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

GBIF Efforts in Digitising and Mobilization Primary Biodiversity Data
    Vishwas Chavan and Nicholas King
    Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Theme 3: New Roles and Opportunities

    Dr Andrew Kaniki
    National Research Foundation

The Final Seal of Approval : Directives for Data Producers/researchers, Data Consumers and Digital Archives
    Henk Harmsen
    Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)

Enabling Access to Scientific and Technical Data-sets in eScience : a role for Library Science
    James L. Mullins
    Dean of Purdue University Libraries

... so what have we learnt?
    Andrew Kaniki
    National Research Foundation

Day 2: Workshop :Longevity of digital research output. Where are we and what are our infrastructural and process needs?

Theme 4: Curation of African Digital Content

    Dr Kagiso Chikane

State of Scientific Data in Africa
    Dr Achuo Enow
    International Council for Science, Regional Office for Africa

Oceanographic Data and Information Initiatives in Africa
    Alfonse Dubi
    University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Marine Sciences

Situation in South Africa : Outcome of NeDIC Investigation
    Roy Page-Shipp

Digital Curation : the Legal Framework in South Africa
    Graham Dominy
    National Archives South Africa

Theme 5: Digital Management and Curation Practices in Specific Sciences.
Theme 5.1: Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Technical, etc.)

Coordinators: Zeblon Vilakazi, iTHEMBA Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences and Patricia Whitelock, South African Astronomical Observatory

Curation in Natural Sciences, Z.Z. Vilakzi, iThemba LABS and UCT-CERN Research Centre

    * Management (archival) of large data sets
    * Inter-operability between widely distributed platforms
    * Standards and protocols

Theme 5.2: Life and Medical Sciences

Coordinators: Fourie Joubert, University of Pretoria and Nicola Mulder, University of Cape Town

We will start off with a brief presentation, and then discuss:

    * Data types relevant to Life Sciences
    * Public vs Generated data and the integration of the two
    * Data storage and management
    * Standards and ontologies
    * Current activities

Theme 5.3: Social Sciences

Coordinators: Faye Reagon, Human Sciences Research Council; Lynn Woolfrey, DataFirst and Matile Malimabe, StatsSA

The objective of the workshop is to identify the needs and requirements of and possible strategies for the Social Science & Humanities community to ensure the preservation and sharing of African research data and related documentation. In order to do this, the anticipated outcomes of the workshop are to:

    * Identify who the stakeholders are and what their current interests in digital management and curation are
    * Surface existing good practice
    * Identify known obstacles, requirements and needs
    * Identify possible strategies to address these

Institutional Data Curation Implementation, Human Sciences Research Council

Survey Metadata Tool : Data Management and Information Delivery Project (DMID)
    Matile Malimabe
    Statistics South Africa

DataFirst and Data Curation
    Lynn Woolfrey
    University of Cape Town

Data integration at the South African Data Archive (SADA)
    Dr Daisy Selematsela
    National Research Foundation
Theme 5.4: Spatial Sciences

Coordinators: Heidi van Deventer, CSIR and Marina Strydom, Johannesburg Citi Parks

Curation of Spatial Data in RSA, facilitated by Heidi van Deventer, CSIR and Maryna Strydom (SRK)

Workshop participants to discuss the following:

    * Motivation for digital data curation: the positive aspects of curating our data.
    * Known obstacles associated with curation.
    * Who are the stakeholders to consider?
    * Who should take on the curation responsibility?
    * What are the minimum requirements for effective curation to address?
    * Accessibility and Costs.
    * What next - whereto from here?

Theme 5.5: Curation of Information

Coordinators: Ina Smith, University of Pretoria and Hussein Suleman, University of Cape Town

Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) : Audit Toolkit : (DRAMBORA), Andrew McHugh, Perla Innocenti, Seamus Ross, Raivo Ruusalepp, Hans Hofman, Digital Curation Centre (DCC), DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE), HATII at the University of Glasgow, and National Archives of the Netherlands

Digitisation - the 3 Cs: Copyright, Contracts and Creative Commons
    Denise Nicholson
    University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Data Curation Repositories : from past to present
    Hussein Suleman
    University of Cape Town

Data curation in an existing infrastructure : Stellenbosh University
    Wouter Klapwijk
    Stellenbosch University

Open discussion on the following:

What can/should the repository and archiving community do to support researchers at institutions?
What tools can/should we use?
How does this relate to other archiving efforts (e.g., ETDs, Open Access)?
Theme 6 Plenary: Developing an African Digital Management and Curation Agenda in Support of eResearch

    Dr Daisy Selematsela  
    National Research Foundation

The way ahead:
Formalised policy
Roles and responsibilities
The need for a formalised Network of African Data and Information Curation Centres (NeDICC) wider than just the partner organisations

DST/Roy Page-Shipp to lead the discussion.
Way Forward