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As a developing subdiscipline within the context of archives and records management, data curatorship and management focuses on maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle. Though data curatorship and management have been implemented within archives and records management programs in industrialized countries, the training of archivists and records managers in the principles and application of data curation in Africa has not received the same attention. To rectify this, the International Council on Archives (ICA) proposed a generic curriculum for modules with the focus on data curatorship. Linked to these guidelines, this article addresses the development of a data curatorship and management module within a Comprehensive Open Distance eLearning (CODeL) University.
The research relied on the views and experiences that the authors obtained during the design phase, contextualized within an interpretivism paradigm. Policies, existing literature and guidelines proposed by the ICA informed the scope and context of the information included within the module. Aligned to the principles of the bricolage design, the ADDIE model and responsive curriculum theory was applied to provide a framework for the development of the data curatorship and management module at the CODeL institution. Findings revealed that developing a data curatorship and management module for the African context entails the consideration of many factors to ensure that students are prepared for applying new knowledge within changing workplace environments.

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Volume 2021Number 11 January 2021
Pages: 75 - 87


Published in print: 1 January 2021
Published online: 30 November 2022



Makutla Mojapelo [email protected]
Makutla Mojapelo is a lecturer in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He holds a master’s degree and he is currently studying toward a PhD in information science. His research topic is “Implementation of Freedom of Information Legislation in South Africa and Zimbabwe”. His research interests include freedom of information, digital data curation, archival advocacy, public programming and open data. [email protected]
Lorette Jacobs [email protected]
Lorette Jacobs is an associate professor in the Department of Information Science, University of South Africa (UNISA). Her research interests relate to archival diplomatics and digital records forensics, research methodology, gamification and curriculum development. She is involved in the InterPARES Trust AI project and serves on various UNISA committees related to teaching and learning. She holds a PhD in information science from the University of Johannesburg and an MPhil in higher education from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. [email protected]
Ngoako Marutha [email protected]
Ngoako Marutha is a full professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He serves as UNISA’s representative in the International Council of Archives and South African Society of Archivists. He is an editor of the Journal of the South African Society of Archivists and reviews editor for Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics. [email protected]

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