At the University of Pretoria (UP), Pretoria, South Africa, a team consisting of members of the IT and Library departments has evaluated several research data repository platforms in-depth. A list of criteria was developed based on other lists of criteria, a South African research data repository workshop, and several internal and external discussions and surveys. Two commercial and four open source research data repositories were short-listed for evaluation. Recommendations were sent through in February 2017 to the University executive in the form of a report. The University is also keen to investigate the possibility of forming a consortium with other South African Universities in order to obtain the best research data platform at an affordable price.
Presentation at the eResearch Africa 2017 Conference, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, 4 May 2017