As modern technologies advance, data generation within biomedical sciences has become faster, cheaper and more accessible to researchers in Africa. But to transform that data into information and knowledge, African researchers need access to tools and infrastructure. H3ABioNet is collaborating with UCT eResearch to build an Open Data science platform as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data for Africa Initiative.
Using a variety of methodologies from narrative storytelling, participatory research, and quasi-experimental analyses of observational data, to trials and economic analyses, the Accelerate Hub aims to generate evidence that empowers and supports African adolescents, helping them thrive across a number of the different sustainable development goals.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and National Research Foundation (NRF) approved the funding of R35 million for the Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) which will be built as a guest instrument on the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (SARAO) site in the Karoo.
“Historical landscape photography is the closest thing we have to a time machine,” says Professor Timm Hoffman, director of the Plant Conservation Unit within the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT.
The use of drones to capture data is increasingly common across a range of disciplines, particularly the physical and environmental sciences. While this data is valuable for reuse, its provenance is particularly complex.
Brain imaging methods, known as neuroimaging, allow researchers to study the structure and function of our brains in a way that is non-invasive and insightful. Dr Jonathan Ipser, senior research officer in neuroimaging and co-chair of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Group (PNG), has been working with UCT eResearch to accelerate his own research on the impact of substance abuse and HIV on the brain.
The idea of data in the performing arts is novel to a field that is by its very nature ephemeral. Professor Mark Fleishman of the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies and his team are exploring what data means in the performing arts.
On 26 March 2020 South Africa went into a hard lockdown in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In response to this, a national consortium of 30 social science researchers from five South African universities was convened to conduct the National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM).
The South African Land Restitution Programme offers redress to South Africans and their descendants who were dispossessed of their property by the racially motivated legislation of the early 1900s. The Land Restitution Evaluation Survey (LRES) was established to evaluate the impact of the Land Restitution Programme on the economic, social and psychological outcomes experienced by the beneficiaries.
The agreement forming the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy has been renewed by the universities of Cape Town, the Western Cape and Pretoria for a period of five years. The institute is the main place for South African university researchers to process the very large data sets coming from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s MeerKAT telescope.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) recently joined the Digital Preservation Coalition, a global community that seeks to secure the preservation of digital resources internationally in order to safeguard the global digital memory and knowledge base for the future.