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GSBThe new research director at Africa’s top business school, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, believes that the school can do even more to promote research that can change the world.

Academics should strive to do research that deals with real challenges and opportunities in society, says Dr Stephanie Giamporcaro, 36, senior lecturer and the new research director at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). (more…)

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.


Trying to complete a PhD thesis in time for the October deadline? We share some advice on getting over that final hurdle.

Many PhD students are now in the final throes of writing their thesis. Turning years of research into a single, coherent piece of work can be tough, so we asked for tips from supervisors and recent PhD graduates. We were inundated with tweets and emails. (more…)

Emerging out of a partnership between UCT libraries, ICTS and the Research Office, the UCT eResearch Centre was established to link these support services to researchers and to take the University to the next level of research excellence. The UCT eResearch Centre’s mission is to partner with research groups around the University, working with them to:

  • Enhance their research and eResearch capabilities,
  • Connect them to the most appropriate tools or services, and to
  • Allow them to sustain these capabilities.


The eResearch Centre works

  • in close partnership with key service divisions on campus andlogo-small_cus service providers nationally and internationally
  • to improve alignment of UCT operations to support research


Have a look their website here as well as the UCT Savvy Researcher series here



To complete the survey, click here

After numerous requests by postgraduate students for assistance on how to write a literature review, the library has decided to run an additional workshop entitled:

Finding sources for your literature review: an advanced guide for masters and doctoral students.

Date:   Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time:   17h00-19h00

RSVP:    cyrill.walters@uct.ac.za

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

This workshop will present different literature review designs and provide a structured and comprehensive approach to finding suitable literature sources.

Although general in its focus, the workshop will provide a systematic approach to finding sources for the literature review across disciplines which will save the researcher time and avoid missing important content.