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Lighton Phiri
Works at University of Cape Town
Attended University of Cape Town
Lifelong learning student
I am, for all intents and purposes, a student of computing technology---most of my past and recent work engagements, and specialised formal education have been exclusively in applied computing fields.

While I have a general interest in computing, my specific focus has largely been centred around data storage, management and analysis; digital libraries; educational technology; and the Web.
Bragging rights
I was privileged enough to have used 3½-inch floppy disks in my past life.
  • University of Cape Town
    2011 - 2018
  • University of Zambia
    2003 - 2007
Digital Libraries, Educational Technology
  • University of Cape Town
    Teaching Assistant, 2015 - present
  • University of Cape Town
    Research Assistant, 2013 - 2014
  • Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme
    Content Curator, 2011 - 2013
  • Airtel Zambia
    BI/DBA/MIS, 2009 - 2011
  • Zain Zambia
    BI/MIS, 2007 - 2007
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How Saudi Hajj pilgrim 'e-bracelets' work -
Pilgrims performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia have been issued with digital identification bracelets, which work via a special app, as Sally Nabil reports from Mecca.
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Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors -
Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.
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Vast numbers of scientific articles are published each year, some of which attract considerable attention, and some of which go almost unnoticed. Here, we investigate whether any of this variance can be explained by a simple metric of one aspect of the paper's presentation: the length of its title. Our analysis provides evidence that journals which publish papers with shorter titles receive more citations per paper. These results are consistent w...
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