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Sharing my data

Sharing data:

  • encourages enquiry and debate

  • promotes innovation and new ways of using data

  • leads to increased collaborations between data users and creators

  • increases transparency and accountability

  • enables scrutiny and validation of research output

  • encourages the improvement of research methods

  • reduces the time and cost spent on duplicating data collection

  • increases the impact and visibility of research

  • advances your academic ranking through increased coverage and citations

  • provides great resources for education and training

Where can I share my data?

A wide variety of information infrastructure are used in research disciplines worldwide and you are free to choose how your data will be shared.

ZivaHub: Open Data UCT, powered by Figshare for Institutions, is available to all students and staff at UCT. This new service is an online repository, providing access to the supplementary research data that inform scholarly outputs hosted on other platforms, such as OpenUCT.

The UCT IDR allows you to make your research data citable, shareable, discoverable, and reusable. Some of its key features are:

  • Get DOIs for your research outputs
  • Comply with NRF and other funder requirements
  • Control how your research outputs are accessed
  • Validate and authenticate your research outputs
  • Increase citations and boost your research metrics

To get started, consult the DLS ZivaHub quick start-up guide

For further assistance with using the ZivaHub platform, powered by Figshare for Institutions, consult the the Figshare for Institutions user guide.

Before publishing any research output on ZivaHub, you are required to read and accept the UCT terms of data deposit.

After you upload, publish and accept the terms of deposit on ZivaHub, your dataset will go into review by a DLS curator, before it can be visible on the platform.

There are also many other online data repositories to choose from:


The UCT OSF (Open Science Framework) is an online platform that is made available to assist researchers with storing, aggregating, collaborating and sharing research data throughout research projects. You can use this platform to manage and work with the data that you create or collect during your research project, and to create the final, processed dataset that you might want to share on one of the repositories linked above.

Contact us for further assistance with sharing your data at UCT.

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