Forum Experts 2018
Manager, DataFirst Data Service University of Cape Town
I am a data specialist with more than 20 years’ experience curating and sharing African research data and promoting Open Data in Africa. I am Manager of DataFirst, a Research Data Service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Our data service promotes high quality research by providing the essential research infrastructure for discovering, downloading, and using African research data. I am also involved in projects to improve the quality of African data by training data managers in African governments and research institutions. I teach Research Data Management skills to information professionals and postgraduates. I have an MPhil degree in Information Studies from the University of Cape Town. My thesis examined best practice for microdata curation to support fact-based policymaking in African countries.