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Presentations at eResearch Africa

Practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines attended the third eResearch Africa conference from 02-05 May 2017 on upper campus at the University of Cape Town.


Conference aims

eResearch focuses on technological platforms and methods that enhance researchers’ ability to generate, collect, share, process, analyse, store and retrieve information. All sessions, workshops, posters, and meetings should support the conference aims.

eResearch Africa aims to provide:

  • A catalyst for innovation and collaboration, by bringing together practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines;
  • A forum to support the development, enhancement, and harmonisation of national, regional, and discipline-specific eResearch services and infrastructures;
  • A showcase for innovative research enabled through these technologies and services.


Focus areas for 2017
  • Data storage management 
    Innovative storage system designs and considerations are required to service the exponential demand for research storage. Research needs a diverse range of cloud and local access mechanisms that must cope with complex and variable data sets, while also supporting high throughput.


  • Data transfer
    Transferring large amounts of data over long distances is very cumbersome unless appropriate tools are used. Such tools have been available in large scale computing grids for more than a decade, but in general have been difficult to use and deploy outside of these environments. The emergence of cloud hosted tools has enabled all researchers to efficiently transfer data across continents.


  • Data visualisation
    Visualisation plays an increasingly important role in data‐intensive and multidisciplinary research. At eResearch Africa 2017 we aim to bring together diverse communities ‐ including researchers and industry partners ‐  engaged in the development of visualisation algorithms and software applications, design of technical equipment and facilities, and the use of visualisation as core research data analysis and interpretation tool.


  • High performance computing (HPC) processing and analysis
    All advanced computing needs for research, including also High Performance Computing (HPC), Graphical Processor Unit (GPU) cluster and Parallel or Linear computing.


  • Research data management
    This focus area will explore the role of research data management within the research lifecycle, from grant planning, to information management, publication and dissemination. Topics may include the provision of research data management plans, partnering with researchers in managing dataset metadata, persistent identifiers, author rights, open access publishing, discovery support, data curation and long term preservation.


Types of participation

Standard presentations are short conversation starters of 20 minutes, providing enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information.


Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment. They can include live demonstrations. Posters will remain in the display area throughout the conference. 


If you are submitting a workshop, please note the conference charges delegates a registration fee per workshop that is not included in the conference registration fee. This is necessary in order to cover catering, venue, and organisation costs for the workshops. Please see the registration page for the fee schedule. If you would prefer your delegates to pay a reduced cost to attend your workshop you are very welcome to subsidise their attendance; this can be arranged with the conference organisers.


Selection criteria

Selections for all submissions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the conference aims;
  • Interest and relevance to the eResearch community;
  • Potential to be engaging and enhance the conference;
  • Quality of the submission – clarity and readability;
  • Sufficiency of information.