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I work at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town, currently focusing on data curation particularly as it pertains to Open Educational Resources and Open Research. My research interests include Open Data, Open Educational Resources, Open Access publishing, Open Research, IP and copyright in teaching and research. I have a background in Anthropology and Linguistics, hold a Masters in Education from the University of Cape Town, and would like in future to conduct further research into the development and maintenance of small-scale NGO and community work in the Cape Town region.
Arinto, P. B., Hodgkinson-Williams, C., King, T., Cartmill, T. & Willmers, M. (2017). Research on Open Educational Resources for Development in the Global South: Project landscape. In P. B. Arinto & C. Hodgkinson-Williams (Eds.), Adoption and impact of OER in the Global South. Cape Town & Ottawa: African Minds, International Development Research Centre & Research on Open Educational Resources for Development. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1005330
A comprehensive theoretical, legal and practical basis for OER has been developed over the past fifteen years, supported by the expansion of open source curation platforms and the work of advocacy groups and international bodies. OER’s potential has been sufficiently documented; the question remains how best to support, integrate and normalise OER...
Open Research has the potential to advance the scientific process by improving the transparency, rigour, scope and reach of research, but choosing to experiment with Open Research carries with it a set of ideological, legal, technical and operational considerations. Researchers, especially those in resource-constrained situations, may not be aware...
African scholarly research is relatively invisible globally because even though research production on the continent is growing in absolute terms, it is falling in comparative terms. In addition, traditional metrics of visibility, such as the Impact Factor, fail to make legible all African scholarly production. Many African universities also do not...
The Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme, funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre, was a large-scale, four-country research and implementation initiative engaging the University of Botswana, the University of Mauritius, the University of Namibia and the University of Cape Town. The project was aimed at promoting open access paradigms as a means of making the scholarship of Sub-Saharan researchers more visible, and was largely focused on the exploration of new affordable business models for open online scholarly publishing as well as the establishment of infrastructure such as repositories to promote open content sharing. The project had three central pillars to its project activity and institutional engagement: policy and infrastructure for open access publishing; economic aspects of open access publishing (sustainability, licensing models); and modalities for developing scholarly performance metrics.
The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project sought to build on and contribute to the body of research on how OER can help to improve access, enhance quality and reduce the cost of education in the Global South. By examining various aspects of OER use and OER-related practices in secondary education, tertiary education and teacher training in a range of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, the ROER4D studies aimed to improve open education policy, practice and research in developing countries.