The University of the Witwatersrand is to lead a consortium to establish a national e-science teaching and training platform.
The platform will develop suitable curricula and pedagogic interventions to advance the training of postgraduate students in the rapidly developing cross-discipline of e-science.
The department of science and technology made the announcement this week, saying it has awarded Wits with one of two projects as part of the continued investment of the department and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in growing the country’s cyberinfrastructure by furthering the implementation of the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS).
The department will invest about R60 million over three years to establish the two projects: the national e-science teaching and training platform and the regional data centre.
The other consortium, led by the University of Cape Town, involves the establishment of an initial regional data centre that will eventually form a national network, supporting a wide range of data-intensive scientific activities as part of the NICIS.
This data centre will be a shared resource, focused initially on astronomy and bioinformatics, supporting major initiatives such as the MeerKAT/Square Kilometre Array and the department’s bio-economy strategy.