Helping Researchers Harness the Power of 21st Century Research Tools and Resources


Current Projects

Project Title

Short Description




afrimapr: facilitating the use of spatial data in African public health operations and policy with reusable R software building blocks

This project will develop software building-blocks to facilitate the use of such spatial data, including the creation of web applications. We will use R -a top data-science language, ubiquitous within research and becoming more popular for operational programs. There is a growing data-science community in Africa with high potential to develop software tools to address local issues. The aim of this project is to support this group (and others) by developing these easily useable software building-blocks, which can be used to create tools relevant to local circumstances.

Wellcome Trust - Open Research Fund

Lead: Dr Andy South (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)

  • Dr Paula  Moraga, (Lancaster University, UK)
  • Dr Julie-Anne Tangena (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)
  • Dr Robin Lovelace (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Dr Margareth Gfrerer (Education Strategy Center, Ethiopia)

ESCALATORHumanities & Social Sciences Champions Network

A collaboration between Talarify and the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources ( The project involves the development of a champions network to grow a community of practice around digital and computational skills amongst South African humanities and social sciences researchers and students. Historically disadvantaged universities will be prioritised.

SADiLaR is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation

Lead: Prof Menno van Zaanen (SADiLaR, South Africa)

  • Juan Steyn (SADiLaR, South Africa)


Research Software & Systems Engineers - AFRICA

Many roles exist in academia beyond the traditional ‘academics’ and ‘support staff’. Research Software Engineers, for example, are people who combine professional software expertise with an understanding of research. Research Systems Engineers are people who develop and maintain computing systems to support research. Over the past years there has been some effort to establish an African Research Software and Systems Engineers community where resources and information can be shared and lobbying can be done for the careers of people employed in academic environments, but who shouldn’t be measured by the number of papers they publish or the number of students they graduate. For more information about international efforts see and This project supports the development of an African community of practice of RSSEs.

Volunteer driven with no funding currently

Founder: Peter van Heusden (South African National Bioinformatics Institute, South Africa)

Co-founder: Eugene de Beste (Centre for High Performance Computing ACE Lab, South Africa)

Previous Projects

Project Title

Short Description




Surveying Open Data Practices

The way data are managed, used and shared in research (and beyond) is changing. This project aims to capture the current landscape of open data practices in research. The survey covers eight African countries including Uganda and Ethiopia from East Africa; Burkina Faso and Senegal from West Africa and Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe from Southern Africa. The project is hosted at Oxford University.

International Development Research Centre Canada

Oxford University Institute for Science Innovation and Society, UK

Reproducibility for Everyone - Content management

Talarify was contracted to assist with content development/management and website development for the global Reproducibility for Everyone project. The project aims to build capacity and shared resources that can aid researchers in life sciences with making their research more reproducible

Mozilla Science Mini Grants

Reproducibility for Everyone via eLife

Rural Campuses Connection Project (RCCPII)- Capacity Development Initiative

Since 2010 RCCP I and RCCP II have aimed to bring Internet connectivity to various higher education and research sites around South Africa.
In 2018/2019 Talarify was contracted to develop and manage the Capacity Development component of RCCPII.

South African Department of Higher Education and Training


North-West University eResearch Initiative

In 2015 the North-West University's IT department, in collaboration with the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Technology, and Innovation, set out to grow their ability to support researchers'  technology needs and abilities. Talarify was instrumental in conceptualising, developing, and implementing the first phase of the NWU eResearch Initiative

NWU IT Department

North-West University