UCT eResearch was created under the leadership of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Internationalisation as a partnership between ICTS (Information and Communication Technology Services), UCT Libraries and the Research Office, to help researchers across UCT redefine how their work can best be done in the era of big data and artificial intelligence.
The eResearch Centre provides support to researchers in the use of resources including (but not limited to) computing, software, data management and storage, digital scholarship and ensuring access and visibility. In an ever-changing and evolving environment, the eResearch Centre helps to ensure that UCT is ready to respond to changes in the global research landscape.
It occupies an important space between research and research-supporting PASS (professional, administrative and support staff) to make sure that services match needs. UCT eResearch is a distributed organisation that promotes the use of advanced information technologies to support innovative research practice. UCT eResearch was created as a partnership between ICTS (Information and Communication Technology Services), UCT Libraries and the Research Office, to help researchers across UCT redefine how their work can best be done in the era of big data and artificial intelligence.
eResearch partners with research groups to accelerate and transform research, connecting them to the most appropriate services to support the research lifecycle.
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Internationalisation
Under the guidance of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, Professor Sue Harrison, the eResearch strategy aims to support the eResearch goals of providing the best ICT solutions to accelerate research at UCT.
Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS)
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become the lifeblood of research. It is the role of ICTS to respond to these demands, both with the appropriate infrastructure and expertise.
The eResearch support strategy of UCT Libraries focuses on two major areas - that of enabling access to and visibility of UCT scholarship - and in the research data management domain. Further responsibilities include the provision of user support services in the compilation of data management plans in compliance with increasing data sharing mandates of funding agencies; and to ensure the citability of datasets.
The Research Office
The role of the Research Office within UCT eResearch is to communicate the support and services the centre can provide for our researchers. This includes training and development programmes for researchers hosted through the Research Office. The Research Office also seeks to support global research partnerships. Today eResearch facilities and capabilities are an important part of these partnerships.