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Yabelana: Open Science

This guide serves as a tool to provide detailed information on Research Data Management.

What is Open Science?

"Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools (European Commission, 2016 b:33). The OECD defines Open Science as:  “to make the primary outputs of publicly funded research results – publications and the research data – publicly accessible in digital format with no or minimal restriction” (OECD, 2015:7), but it is more than that. Open Science is about extending the principles of openness to the whole research cycle (see figure 1), fostering sharing and collaboration as early as possible thus entailing a systemic change to the way science and research is done."

Different Stages of Research Process

Promoting openness at different stages of the research process.



Open Access Publishing and Research Repositories


Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve open access to research.


ResearchSpace is the institutional repository of the University of KwaZulu-Natal which was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of its research output. It was also created to disseminate and manage digital materials created by researchers of the institution.


Yabelana is a data repository of the University of KwaZulu-Natal which was developed to preserve, manage and share your research outputs; which include figures, datasets, software/code, images, videos, posters presentations.

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