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General information
Description DataFirst is a data service dedicated to making South African and other African survey and administrative microdata available to researchers and policy analysts. They promote high quality research by providing the essential research infrastructure for discovering and accessing data and by developing skills among prospective users, particularly in South Africa

Organisation University of Cape Town

Type of service Storage facility
Legislation South Africa

Usage and appreciation
Support organisation A helpdesk is available:

Stage in the research project After
Postion within the research process4. Preserving data, 5. Giving access to data, 6. Re-using data
Domain 5. Public Domain
Type of data 1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases
Data curation3. Ingest, 4. Preservation action, 5. Store, 6. Acces, use and re-use
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatie
Administrative information
Funding Grants and University of Cape Town

Depositor agreement See

User agreement License agreements deal largely with breaches of confidentiality. Publication of personal information would result in researchers organisations being liable to prosecution but we have not had any cases of this since the establishment of the service so do not know how the censures would be managed in practice.

Policy See

Intellectual property Resides with data producer

Data curation strategy Described at
Target group
Faculty General
Primary target group
Secondary target group
Classification of the service
Confidentiality Our Secure Data Service gives researchers the opportunity to analyse sensitive restricted-access datasets usually not available for reuse. This includes person- and institution-level data or data at low levels of geography which is potentially disclosive, with the possibility of individual respondents being identified and this information published by researchers.  The SDS allows accredited researchers to use the data in a Secure Research Data Centre at the University of Cape Town.

Accepted metadata formats DDI
Accepted content types
Accepted preferred formats
Accepteerde file formats Data files in ASCII and all proprietary formats, e.g. Excel, Stata
Maximum size of deposits No limit
Version management No
Quality control Quality checks by the repository
Access requirements
Tools / Interfaces for access OAI-PMH
(Persistent) identifiers DOI
Long term guarantees The University of Cape Town recently agreed to take a certain amount of financial responsibility for DataFirst, as a university-wide resource. We are funded by grant money so it is through the university taking greater responsibility for supporting our activities that we aim to provide for sustainability. Data resources are finally being seen as part of the University's intellectual assets, as indicated by our Research Office undertaking policymaking for research data management. Thus it is unlikely that an expert organisation such as DataFirst will not continue to be valued and supported financially by our parent body.
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories DSA ceritified
Preservation strategy
Storage No
Access No
Preservation None
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University None