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South Africa

RSA NRF LogoThe CODATA member organisation for South Africa is the National Research Foundation.

‘The mandate of the NRF is to promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.’

CODATA National Committee Members

  Name Institution Position
1. Ms Refiloe Mabaso

(vice chairperson)

Air Traffic and Navigation Services Senior Manager: Information and Knowledge Management
2. Mrs Gaborekwe Esther Khambule South African Weather Service Senior Manager: Aviation Weather Services
3. Mr Ntsundeni Mapatagane University of Zululand Manager of Strategic Analytics and Business Intelligence
4. Mrs Maroale Chauke Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Director: National Spatial Information Framework
5. Dr Jeremy Main SKA South Africa / SARAO Computing Infrastructure Group Lead
6. Dr Daisy Selematsela

(Chaiperson)

University of South Africa Executive Director: Library & Information Services
7. Ms Lynn Woolfrey UCT Manager: Data First
8. Dr Anwar Vahed Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) Director

 

CODATA SA Committee Member’s Data-Related Activities

2020-2021

Member: Lynn Woolfrey

Manager, DataFirst Data Service, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch,  Cape Town, South Africa

lynn.woolfrey@uct.ac.za Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8328-7091

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-woolfrey-b7951ba/

 

ADVISORY POSITIONS AND AWARDS

 

2014 – 2018, 2020          Member of South Africa’s CODATA Committee

2017 – 2020                   City of Cape Town’s Open Data Steering Committee member

2021 – 2022                   Advisory Committee member, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, University of Cape Town

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CONSULTANCIES

 

Country study contribution to OECD. South Africa: DataFirst case study. 2020. Enhanced Access to Publicly funded Data for Science, Technology, and Innovation.

 

2020 (December)-2021 (March)

Consultancy for the UN-DESA/UNSD To develop a guide and training materials for governments to prepare evidence-based Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). The guide and training materials are based on past VNR workshops and VNRs and other documents held by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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TRAINING COURSES

 

Expert input and interview for Springer Nature’s online course Managing Research Data to Unlock its Full Potential, 22 July 2020.

 

Technical Workshop  – Microdata Curation for Secure Data Centres Webcourse for staff of the National Treasury and South African Revenue Service who analyse and prepare data for the Treasury’s Secure Data Facility, 2-5 August 2021. Implemented by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Undertaken under the UNU-WIDER Research Programme: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED).

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CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

 

  1. Woolfrey, L. Open government data as a framework for the ethical governance of health data. Presentation to the SA Medical Research Council’s Health Systems Research Unit. Theme: Secondary Datasets for Population Health Research in South Africa: Datasets, process, access barriers and facilitators, 10 March 2020. SAMRC Boardroom, Cape Town.

 

  1. Woolfrey, L. How Data-Ready are Governments to Monitor SDG Progress? An Assessment of

Socioeconomic Data for SDG Planning and Reporting in Egypt, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. ERF 26th Annual Conference on Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for MENA’s Development Policy, Webinar Session, 15 July 2020.

 

  1.  Woolfrey, L. How Data-Ready are Governments to Monitor SDG Progress? An Assessment of

Socioeconomic Data for SDG Planning and Reporting in Egypt, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. ERF 26th Annual Conference on Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for MENA’s Development Policy, Webinar Session, 15 July 2020.

 

  1. Woolfrey, L. FAIR access to research infrastructure. Springer Nature Virtual Roundtable: Better Research through Better Data, 4-5 November 2020.

 

  1. University Data Governance Models for Data Capacity-Building and Research Ethics. Webinar for Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, 24 November 2020.