Four step-by-step Guides arising from on-the-ground work at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been published to enable academics and academic units to improve the visibility and impact of their work and their presence online. The Guides are all freely available from the OpenUCT repository; while aimed at UCT, global feedback has confirmed their value in universities throughout the world. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licence, the work is free for reuse and appropriation. View them on:

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Academics' Online Presence: a four-step guide to taking control of your visibility

Many academics and researchers want to share their work and improve their online presence but aren’t sure where to start. This Guide takes academics through the four main steps of taking control of their online visibility. It suggests a range of tools for expanding and shaping online presence and outlines a number of strategies to take this to the next level. Download:

Curation for Participation: an eight-step guide to curating open scholarly content

One of the major incentives for sharing scholarly content is the added exposure this generates. It is vital to have a properly curated collection in order to boost findability of resources through search engines and online databases. However, most people will probably be unaware of the work that goes into curation, or even where to begin with their own process. This Guide walks academics or their assistants through the eight foundational steps of curation for scholarly content.

Open Content Licensing: a three-step guide for academics

In three easy steps, this guide enables individual academics to make informed and purposeful decisions around licensing their work in line with international principles. Using the framework of open content licensing – a legitimate, internationally-recognised legal practice located within the boundaries of copyright law – the author is protected against unauthorized forms of content exploitation in the digital realm. This is beneficial to the global user community in that it limits bureaucracy associated with obtaining permissions for reuse.

Measuring Impact: a five-step guide for scholarly units

This guide provides five practical steps to help scholarly units professionalise  scholarly communication activity, expand the current approach around impact measurement, and generate new forms of usage data. Aimed specifically at scholarly units (i.e. research units, academic departments and faculties), the Guide can be adapted for use by an individual scholar or by an institution.


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