Prof Derek W. Keats is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Derek is a marine biologist with strong interests in the innovation power of technology in higher education. He has developed a number of initiatives in the fields of educational and environmental informatics and founded the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) to stimulate development through fostering software engineering of Free Software. Despite his strong technology focus, with the help of collaborators, he still manages to publish in the area of his first love - biology. For more information visit or for his regular blogs.


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