UCT Libraries, in collaboration with SPARC Africa, SPARC USA, the National Research Foundation and LIASA, will be hosting an Open Access Symposium in Cape Town from 4 to 9 December 2016. The Symposium will bring together a range of international experts who will share their research, experience and expertise on the theme, Empowerment through open scholarship: transcending boundaries.
UCT’s Open Access Policy has been revised, with amendments approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and the University Research Committee. The amendments occur in Section 5.3: Students Theses and Dissertations.
All research findings should be in the public domain; that is, all of UCT’s theses and dissertations should be available in the OpenUCT repository. There are, however, exceptions to this default position. Dissertations or research reports that earn less than sixty credits, or research reports submitted for professional master’s degrees, are not uploaded to OpenUCT. There is also the option to delay public access to theses and dissertations in OpenUCT. However, in these cases, the metadata and abstracts of the theses and dissertations will be available through open access immediately after the conferment of the degree.
UCT Libraries Special Collections has launched a valuable digital archive on the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari, which is made up of much of the material gathered for their successful land claim in 1999. It includes irreplaceable audio material of the N|uu language, once thought lost.