figshare in South Africa

With 19 institutions using Figshare as a data repository in South Africa (16 currently live, 3 more launching their repository soon), a thriving community of institutions in this region are using Figshare to showcase a range of research outputs from data on cultural heritage sites to digital archives.

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The Zamani Project

A case study that explores the Zamani Project collection, which consists of born-digital file sets of unprocessed and processed data collected on-site at cultural heritage sites across the world. To date, Rüther and his team, Roshan Bhurtha, Ralph Schröder, Bruce McDonald and previously Stephen Wessels, Christoph Held and Rudi Nesser, have documented some 250 monuments across 65 sites in 18 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Data collected includes scans, GPS and photographs. These data exist as raw, unprocessed file sets, as well as pro-cessed 3D models, point clouds, panorama tours, GIS layers and virtual worlds.

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Using microsatellite genetic data to rescue lions

Dr  Susan  Miller,  a  Post-Doc  Fellow  at  the  Fitzpatrick  Institute  of  Ornithology  at  the  University  of  Cape  Town,  recently  deposited  a  very  interesting  dataset  in  ZivaHub,  UCT’s  institutional  Figshare  repository.  It  contains  microsatellite  data  and  genetic  data  from  a   population   of   lions   at   the   Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in Kwazulu Natal. The data was deposited  as  supplementary  material  for  a  paper  published  in  Conservation  Genetic  on  the  ‘Genetic  rescue  of  an  isolated  African  lion  population.’

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