Creating an e-Environment for scholarship: dream or reality?


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A short presentation about the Library's e-Strategy: its governance and examples of products of the e-Strategy in support of scholarship. Feel free to contact any of the colleagues responsible for the implementation of the e-Strategy if you want to become involved with any of the projects. Mobile services and preservation are two 2 focus areas.

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  • We then looked at the gaps in the tools … what is in use at both institutions, what at either of the institutions and also saw where the necessary infrastructure for a working VRE did not exist.
  • Creating an e-Environment for scholarship: dream or reality?

    1. 1. Creating an e-Environment for scholarship: dream or reality? Dr Heila Pienaar Deputy Director: e-Information Strategy & e-Research Enablement Department of Library Services University of Pretoria, South Africa [email_address] ; http://
    2. 2. Mandate: Library is responsible for the management of academic information and knowledge, and for leading the University in information and knowledge innovation Enable teaching & learning e-Strategy Community & professional engagement Enable research <ul><li>Information literacy training (e.g. using game technology) </li></ul><ul><li>Learning centre / commons </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with ClickUP (web pages with full-text information resources) </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant reserved information collection </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty libraries with information specialists for each subject </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant information collection (extensive e-resources) </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy training for postgraduates and researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced research competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Planned research commons </li></ul><ul><li>Open access repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Open mandate (UP articles) </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation & preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2 tools </li></ul><ul><li>e-Research: research data management & VRE’s (virtual research environments) </li></ul><ul><li>Carnegie African Library Leadership Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Mamelodi library community outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting workshops on e-skills </li></ul><ul><li>World Digital Library </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>In the Library’s risk register dated February 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>Risk: “Not taking advantage of new IT tools, concepts & breakthroughs to improve current services and create new services” </li></ul><ul><li>Context: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Slow uptake of new innovations by academic clients and library staff obstruct new and improved services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of understanding that IT tools have conceptual implications / new concepts are embedded in IT; a different way of looking at the world e.g. virtual worlds” ( Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us - http:// =6gmP4nk0EOE : 4.35 minutes ) </li></ul></ul>Why such an emphasis on E?
    4. 4. Content <ul><li>e-Information Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of products of the e-Strategy in support of Scholarship </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why an e-Information Strategy? <ul><li>Can be seen as a high-level Innovation Strategy for any organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate e-Information applications within a broad framework </li></ul><ul><li>Help to focus the organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the organisation on the cutting edge of new developments </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a framework for capacity e.g. staff, IT to implement the strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Actually just another term for a focused corporate Knowledge Management strategy </li></ul>
    6. 6. Objective: Creating an e-Environment for Scholarship e-Research e-Learning Digitisation & Preservation Open Scholarship Repositories Library web Web / Library 2 e-Resources e-Information Strategy focus areas Mobile services
    7. 7. Governance <ul><li>Deputy-director : e-Information Strategy & e-Research Enablement is responsible for the development & implementation of the strategy </li></ul><ul><li>e-Service unit is responsible for the research, development, implementation & maintenance of e-products & services that support the strategy </li></ul><ul><li>e-Steering committees ( matrix teams ) are responsible for co-ordination and development of their respective focus areas </li></ul>
    8. 8. e-Service Unit <ul><li>Deputy-director: e-Strategy & e-Research enablement : dr Heila Pienaar </li></ul><ul><li>UP Repositories manager : Hettie Groenewald </li></ul><ul><li>UP Digitisation manager : Ria Groenewald </li></ul><ul><li>UP Open Access manager : Elsabe Olivier </li></ul><ul><li>Library Web manager : Christelle Steyn </li></ul>
    9. 9. Project / matrix teams to implement focus areas Operations E - Services Special Units Support Units Clients & the environment Subject librarians
    10. 10. e-Steering committees (project teams) <ul><li>Library e-Service steering committee (overarching): Dr Heila Pienaar (chair) </li></ul><ul><li>e-Research steering committee: dr Heila Pienaar </li></ul><ul><li>e-Learning steering committee: Christelle Steyn </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation & Preservation steering committee: Ria Groenewald </li></ul><ul><li>Open Scholarship steering committee: Elsabe Steyn </li></ul><ul><li>Repositories steering committee: Hettie Groenewald </li></ul><ul><li>Library web steering committee: Christelle Steyn </li></ul><ul><li>Web / Library 2 steering committee: Janice de Wee </li></ul><ul><li>e-Resources steering committee: Soekie Swanepoel </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile services steering committee: Bettie de Kock </li></ul><ul><li>Ex officio members of Library e-Service steering commitee: Library executive, Library IT manager (Leonora Wydeman), 3 members of the Faculty managers (Johann van Wyk, Susan Marsh, Maureen du Pisanie) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Objective: Creating an e-Environment for Scholarship e-Research e-Learning Digitisation & Preservation Open Scholarship Repositories Library web Web / Library 2 e-Resources e-Steering committees’ managers Mobile services Bettie De Kock Hettie Groenewald Christelle Steyn Heila Pienaar Christelle Steyn Soekie Swanepoel Elsabe Olivier Janice de Wee Ria Groenewald
    12. 12. Roles & responsibilities of steering committees <ul><li>Chairs are responsible for the establishment of their steering committees </li></ul><ul><li>Steering committees are responsible for their own strategic & implementation plans </li></ul><ul><li>Steering committees to co-ordinate with one another </li></ul><ul><li>Steering committees to discuss progress etc with the e-Service steering committee on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>Steering committees are responsible for good communication and interfaces between line and project perspectives </li></ul>
    13. 13. e-Research <ul><li>Objective: to do faster, better and different interdisciplinary research </li></ul><ul><li>e-Research advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Research Environment (VRE) projects </li></ul><ul><li>Research data management initiatives </li></ul>
    14. 14. Advocacy: e-Research Seminar May 2009 Welcome: Prof Robin Crewe, VC Research, University of Pretoria, South Africa e-Research in the United Kingdom : Mathew J. Dovey, Programme Director (e-Research), JISC Executive, UK e-Research and MS Research : Lee Dirks, Director, Education & Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Corporation – External Research e-Research and digital preservation : Dr Dawid L. Giaretta (MBE), Associate Director, Digital Curation Centre, UK & Project leader: CASPAR, PARSE. Insight, ISO standard for audit and certification of digital repositories e-Research in South Africa : Prof Colin J Wright, Head: Research, Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), dr Martie van Deventer, Portfolio Manager CSIR’s Information Services, South Africa & Wim Hugo, Managing Director, MBV Equsys/Consulting.
    15. 15. SA Malaria researchers’ VRE components Red: none Orange: some Yellow: all Scientific workflow (Collaborative) Electronic Lab book Sophisticated instruments that generate digital information and data Servers with data files (Free) Data analysis software Integrated data management system Access to research networks & super computers; access to labs with in silico screening + Mathematical modelling tools; numerical algorithm tools; simulation software; in silico experiments Project management Project management system Proposal writing Document management system Generic software e.g. MS / Open Office Real time communication Skype, smart board, video conferences Training / mentoring etc E-learning system for researchers Identification of funding sources Identification of research area Literature review & indexing Identification of collaborators Internal shared database of indexed articles Dissemination & artifacts Web/wiki/blog : search engines, databases; researchers & topics; funders, portals, communication, projects Repositories : research results; experiments; literature & documents
    16. 16. Demonstrator interface Access and authentication Alerts and RSS feeds – may help with info overload Library resources Internet resources
    17. 17. BL / MS RIC: Manage-ment of published info ResearchGate: research collaboration OPENWETWARE: Lab Notebook on Blog myexperiment: scientific workflows archer e-Research toolkit: data management nanoHUB: subject gateway built on HUBzero platform HUBzero: access to interactive simulation tools
    18. 18. Research data management <ul><li>Survey of research data management practices at the University of Pretoria . Survey of 52 researchers on their data management practices by 16 information specialists. The report is available. </li></ul><ul><li>Very Large Database initiative . In an attempt to address the data needs of academic institutions and projects of national interest, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has recently mandated the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) to initialise an intervention known as the Very Large Data Base (VLDB). It is hoped that with the contribution from the stakeholders, the VLDB intervention would be able to implement the appropriate mechanism to support and enhance the key data-bound research and operations of today and tomorrow (Jeff Chen, CHPC, April 2010). UP Library is working closely with dr Chen to realise this initiative. </li></ul><ul><li>World Data Centre for Biodiversity and Human Health in Africa . A meeting were attended by Wim Hugo (SAEON), Dr Daisy Selematsela & Henda vd Berg (NRF), Dr Martie van Deventer (CSIR) and Dr Heila Pienaar (UP) to discuss the funding, development and implementation of the proposed World Data Centre. Department of Science & Technology has contracted SAEON to develop a shared platform and substantial overlap exists with the platform required for the World Data Centre. The United States Geological Survey is sponsoring some of the work needed, as well as NRF/CSIR/UP (funds are available via the 1st African Digital Curation Conference). The prototype will be available mid June. The NeDICC consortium will meet to discuss the agenda for this prototype development. A presentation will also be given at the Codata data management conference in Cape Town, 27-29 October 2010 </li></ul>
    19. 19. e-Learning Integration of web resource pages with the different modules of the e-Learning system
    20. 20. Teaching e-Skills to UP librarians: 60 minutes workshops
    21. 21. Games for Information Literacy
    22. 22. Digitisation > Digital Collections
    23. 23. World Digital Library (WDL)
    24. 24. e-Resources , global search engine & catalogue
    25. 25. Open Scholarship
    26. 26. Repositories Digital Repository Model Only digital material can be submitted: digitized or digitally born
    27. 27. UP Library manages 2 repositories
    28. 28. UPSpace statistics 4 Jan 2010 - 10 March 2010 <ul><li>Top 5 Communities accessed: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>2. Economic & Management Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>3. Education </li></ul><ul><li>4. South African National Veterinary Repository </li></ul><ul><li>5. Veterinary Science </li></ul><ul><li>Top 5 Sub-communities accessed: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>2. Southern African Transport Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>3. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research </li></ul><ul><li>4. Research Articles (Jonathan Jansen ) </li></ul><ul><li>5. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Top 5 Collections accessed: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Campus Buildings </li></ul><ul><li>2. Pretoria Environs Buildings </li></ul><ul><li>3. Africana Books Collection </li></ul><ul><li>4. LLM Dissertations (Centre for Human Rights) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Jonathan Jansen Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Top 5 items accessed: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Curriculum reform in South Africa: a critical analysis of outcomes-based education </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>2. Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien. Deel 1, A-J </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>3. Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien. Deel 3, P tot Z. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>4. Language and other background factors affecting secondary pupils' performance in Mathematics in South </li></ul><ul><li>Africa </li></ul><ul><li>5. Geslacht-register der oude Kaapsche familien. Deel 2, A tot O </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    29. 29. Examples: Repository content
    30. 30. Blogger : UPSpace metadata training Facebook : Information specialists available in the student environment YouTube channel for UP Library Web & Web 2 tools
    31. 31. Source : National Geographic, March 2010
    32. 32. Library web: gateway to tools, information resources & experts
    33. 33. In conclusion In conclusion: it is still more of a dream than a reality, but we are moving in the right direction …
    34. 34. Bibliography <ul><li>Pienaar, H., Van Deventer, M. 2009. To VRE or not to VRE? Do South African malaria researchers need a virtual research environment? Ariadne , 59, April 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Pienaar, H., Smith, I. 2008. Development of a library 2.0 service model for an African library . Library Hi Tech News , 25(5): 7-10.;jsessionid=78A376CF81DB520E7A35DEC90D1DB231?containerType=Issue&containerId=6013282 </li></ul><ul><li>Van Deventer, M.J., Pienaar, H. 2008. South African repositories: bridging knowledge divides . Ariadne , 55, April 2008. ; </li></ul><ul><li>Page-Shipp, RJ., Hammes, M., Pienaar, H., Reagon, F., Thomas, G., van Deventer, MJ., Veldsman, V. 2005. eResearch support services: responding to a challenge facing the South African research and information communities . SA Journal of Information Management , December 2005, 7(4) http:// =peer4vol7nr4 ; </li></ul><ul><li>Van Deventer, M., Pienaar, H., Morris, J, Ngcete, Z. 2009. Virtual research environments: learning gained from a situation and needs analysis for malaria researchers . African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference. Pretoria. 12-14 May 2009. http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Pienaar, H., van Deventer, M. 2009. Conceptual framework for a Malaria VRE in South Africa . The Research Information Centre (RIC) Stakeholder Event, British Library, London, 23 March 2009 ; </li></ul><ul><li>Pienaar, H. Libraries on the move - shifting barriers, going places, sharing spaces . Stellenbosch University Library 10th annual symposium, 6-7 November 2008. Stellenbosch. ; </li></ul><ul><li>Van Deventer, M., Pienaar, H. Advance & attack: technology demonstrator to the rescue …and beyond . International Internet Librarian 2008 conference. London. 16-17 October 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Pienaar, H. Development and implementation of an e-Information Strategy for an academic library. Libraries & Information Management Forum 2008, Hilton Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. 21-22 August 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Pienaar, H. Digital Scholarship and the role of the university library . Ninth Southern African Online Information Meeting. CSIR Conference Centre, Pretoria. 3-5 June 2008. </li></ul>Source :