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Student needed for a two-month project.

We require a student to work with DataFirst’s Manager on a two-month project to collect data usage and citation statistics
Requirements include: A degree, preferably in Information Science or other Social Science disciplines.  Read the advert.

Advancing Africa’s inequalities agenda.

The African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR) was launched under the banner of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). UCT will host the southern African node, drawing on the expertise of DataFirst to constitute ACEIR’s data centre.   Read the article.

Using satellite data to track improvements in infrastructure access and service delivery in South Africa

Evidence shows that satellite data is a useful tool for tracking improvements in infrastructure access and service delivery in rural areas. Article by Taryn Dinkelman on research done with Martin Wittenberg in the Agincourt area. Read the article.

DataFirst wins the Data for Research Award at the annual NSTF-South32 Awards.

The NSTF-South32 Awards awards, known in the South African research community as the ‘Oscars of science’, recognise and reward excellence in science, engineering and technology, and innovation in South Africa. Professor Martin Wittenberg, director of DataFirst, was there to receive the award. “I am proud that DataFirst has made it much easier for young academics to obtain data in a form that is usable for research,” he told the Mail & Guardian. “The data that we distribute is at the core of many of the debates about transformation and development. Furthermore, we run numerous courses to give researchers the skills to be able to do high quality work.” In his acceptance speech, Martin thanked the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) for recognising the importance of data for research.

Below are some pictures that were taken at the awards ceremony as well as at our cocktail party to celebrate the NSTF-South32 award and to mark the DataFirst Advisory Board meeting. Some of our post-graduate students were also at the party to celebrate the award.

Here are some links to articles about the awards:

 Annual NSTF-South32 Awards: Current Winners – 2016/2017

 UCT researchers honoured at 'Oscars of science'

 Data - the start and end of effective research

Development by numbers

The postgraduate diploma in survey data analysis for development was introduced in 2016. It aims to to improve the skills of graduates so they are able to produce the high quality data that is so fundamental to policy innovation, implementation and monitoring. Read the article.

2016 Post Graduate Diploma Students

Some of our 2016 graduates with Prof. Murray Leibbrandt.


Latest Journal Articles

Decomposing changes in household measures: Household size and services in South Africa, 1994–2012 by Martin Wittenberg, Mark Collinson and Tom Harris.

Aiming for a Moving Target: The Dynamics of Household Electricity Connections in a Developing Context by Tom Harris, Mark Collinson and Martin Wittenberg.

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