27 March: Research data management, publication and collaboration: Insights from the ROER4D project

Presenters: Michelle Wilmers & Thomas King, Research on Open Educational Resources (ROER4D), University of Cape Town, South Africa

Time and Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018, 1 pm SAST

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How do researchers develop their data curation skills in order to participate in the emerging field of data management and sharing, and do so in an ethical, legal way?

In this presentation, Michelle Willmers and Thomas King from the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project will share their experiences and insights around curating and publishing data in a large-scale Global South networked project. Focusing on the increasing importance of data-sharing mandates and funder requirements around data management as well as the personal and collaborative benefits of data stewardship, the presentation will focus on practical strategies for improving data management practice in qualitative and quantitative contexts.  

The session will provide researchers with guidelines on how to undertake data management planning in the research scoping and grant proposal stages, and how to prepare data for publication and reuse.

We encourage you to engage with some of the curated resources linked to this event before the session. While the findings of the project is not the focus of discussion, these are likely to be of interest to those with a shared interest in research on OERs in the global south.


Michelle Willmers is the Publishing & Curation Manager of the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, a Global South networked initiative engaging over 100 researchers in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. She has a background in academic and scholarly publishing and has worked as project manager, researcher, editor and publisher in the open access, open educational resources and open data terrain since 2008.

Thomas King is the Project Curator for the Research in Open Educational Resources for Development programme. Previously, he served as the student coordinator for the Vice-Chancellor’s Open Educational Resources Adaptation project and as a Research Assistant for the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. His primary research interests revolve around Open Educational Resources, qualitative Open Data de-identification and management, and quantifying/analysing ‘impact’ in research and education. He holds a Masters in Education, focusing on OER production and adaptation by postgraduate students at UCT.

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