The pages of this year's eResearch report highlight many challenges presented to eResearch in the past year and are presented here in acknowledgement of the innovative work of researchers in exploring those opportunities to extend their research practice. The digital era brings new challenges and opportunities for scientific research, offering new ways of global interaction within disciplines, as well as local collaborations between disciplines.
The challenges faced by eResearch have been not only in provisioning local infrastructure, but also in negotiating strategic developments in the national integrated cyberinfrastructure, to find sustainable solutions beyond UCT that serve the needs of the country. As a result, we have seen a steady progression towards regional and national partnerships to deliver shared infrastructure and services
UCT eResearch has gone from strength to strength since its establishment in March 2014. Under the guidance of interim director Anthony Beitz in 2015, and Dr Dale Peters in 2016, the centre has not only grown its repertoire of services as well as its ‘customer base’; importantly, it has also forged strong partnerships, both nationally and internationally.
eResearch can be defined as the use of advanced computing and information technology (IT) to drive research and scientific discovery. UCT eResearch was established in March 2014 as a joint initiative between the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS), UCT Libraries and the Research Office.