The dawn of the digital age has transformed the the way the world shares and accesses information. This in turn, however, has had a major effect on scholarly name recognition. With about two thirds of authors sharing a last name and single initial, it has become extremely difficult for scholars to build their research brand.

ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) has aimed to solve this problem with unique alphanumeric codes assigned to authors. This unique code identifies authors, and tracks their scholarly contribution with an open and independent registry. An ORCID by any other name has never smelled as sweet.ORCID

Please click here for a slideshow of a recent ORCID webinar and more information about ORCID.

Lynda.com is a training and learning site built on video tutorials. It allows members to learn in their own time, and at their own pace. Tutorials are taught by industry experts and members have unlimited access to training colyndaurses and materials. Courses are broken down into smaller, manageable sizes. This is especially convenient for students who do not have the time to sit through lengthy training courses.

Since landing at UCT about two years ago, lynda.com has changed the way UCT trains, and ICTS has now made it even easier to access lynda.com using your UCT network credentials. Have you joined the lynda.com learning revolution?

For information on how to set up your lynda.com profile, click here

It’s open time again as the Open Book Festival approaches. Taking place at the Fugard theatre and other venues across Cape Town from 17 – 21 September 2014, this year’s festival will see the assemblage of international and local writers joining together to promote a love of literature and to showcase South African writing. Some of my personal highlights include Wilbur Smith launching his new book as part of the festival, as well as Deon Meyer, Raymond E Feist and Andrew Salomon discussing the commonalities that exist between fantasy and crime writing.

Click here for the programme and see which events to add to your “not-to-miss-list”.OPen book

Resources offered through the eResearch Centre

The eResearch team will be providing an overview of resources available through ICTS and the eResearch Centre.  The session will be made up of three parts:

  • A quick overview of the eResearch Centre and how it can support young researchers
  • High performance computing resources at UCT – how to access it and what can you do on it?
  • Online tools to use in your everyday life as young researcher – a discussion

Presenter: Anelda van der Walt

Date: 25 September 2014

Time: 15:00 – 16:30

Venue: Ulwazi Training Room, Knowledge Commons, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

RSVP:  dumisa.dlodlo@uct.ac.za by Wednesday 24 September 2014

2013/14 Research ReportUCT wants to establish itself as a research-intensive university and hopes to do this through a renewed emphasis on cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, improved support for researchers, and intensified efforts to integrate postgraduate students into international networks of scholars.

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