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Michelle Willmers

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Michelle Willmers is Publishing and Implementation Manager of the Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) initiative. She was previously the Curation and Dissemination Manager of the Global South Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project. Michelle has a background in academic and scholarly publishing and has worked as a consultant and institutional project manager in scholarly communication since 2008. Prior to that, she worked as an academic journal editor and publishing manager. She was a senior team member in the University of Cape Town Open Educational Resources initiative, Programme Manager of the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme, and Project Manager of the OpenUCT Initiative. She was also a project manager and researcher in the World Wide Web Foundation's Open Data in Developing Countries initiative.



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Czerniewicz L, Cox G, Hodgkinson-Williams C & Willmers M (2015) Open education at the University of Cape Town. In CJ Bonk, MM Lee, TC Reeves & TH Reynolds (Eds), MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. Taylor & Francis. Available at:

King T, Hodgkinson-Williams C, Willmers M & Walji S (2016) Dimensions of open research: Critical reflections on openness in the ROER4D project. Open Praxis 8(2). Available at: 
Trotter H, Kell C, Willmers M, Gray E & King T (2014) Seeking impact and visibility: Scholarly communication in Southern Africa. Final report of the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. Available at:
Van Schalkwyk F, Willmers M & McNaughton M (2016) Viscous open data: The roles of intermediaries in an open data ecosystem. Information Technology for Development, 2016: 68 – 83.
Van Schalkwyk F, Willmers M & Schonwetter T (2015) Embedding open data practice: Developing indicators on the institutionalisation of open data practice in two African governments. Final report of the Institutionalising Open Data Practice in Africa project. Available at:
Willmers M, Van Schalkwyk F & Schonwetter T (2015) Licensing open data in developing countries: The case of the Kenyan and City of Cape Town open data initiatives. The African Journal of Information and Communication, 16: 29– 40 . Available at:

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