Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | August 2015

What we learned this month

Training needs in digital archiving and preservation
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) are collaborating on a new survey to gain an updated view on digital archiving and preservation training needs across professional sectors and countries. Colleagues and friends who have an interest in digital archiving and preservation are invited to complete the survey until Friday 2 October 2015. 

Data sharing in Kenya
DCC's efforts to support and promote institutional research data policy development continue to be effective far beyond the UK. Earlier this year, leading Kenyan research institute Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology resolved to establish a Data Sharing Centre for scientific data, in partnership with the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and UNESCO. CODATA Executive Director Dr Simon Hodson said, 'The team at JKUAT who are developing the draft Open Data Policy benefits from being able to consult good practice in data policy development thanks to the excellent resources such as those available on the DCC website. DCC’s online resources are invaluable to those working on research data policy development in lower and middle income countries as well as across the UK, Europe and elsewhere. Excellent scientific practice is global: DCC’s resources help research data management to be conducted sustainably and well, no matter where research is taking place.'
Research Data Spring moves to a new phase

This month 15 projects funded in the first phase of Jisc’s R&D programme Research Data Spring made their pitches for the second-phase funding. Some of these are reviewed in Angus Whyte’s blog. Congratulations to the winners, we look forward to the updates on the projects. The third workshop will be held in early December 2015.
DCC survey of institutional RDM services 

60 institutions took part in our annual survey on RDM services, this year titled 'Compliance and Beyond'. Our grateful thanks to everyone who contributed to their institution's response. Those who did will have received a preliminary set of results, some highlights of which were presented at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's RDM workshop. More detailed analysis will be available soon. 
RDA Groups are gearing up for September Plenary

The working and interest groups comprising the Research Data Alliance are limbering up for the 6th Plenary Meeting in Paris on 23-25 September, and many are looking for community input. Here are just two examples of how you could get involved:
  • If you have views or experiences of linking datasets and other published outputs, the RDA/WDS Data Publishing Workflows group has collected examples of workflows that do just that, with a view to establishing a data publishing reference model. This has resulted in a paper, to which comments are invited.
  • If you work as a librarian, research administrator, research infrastructure manager/operator or a researcher, help identify the essential and desirable skills for the job. This will enable the Education and Training for Handling of Research Data interest group to connect professionals to useful training opportunities; more information and the relevant contacts are available.

Resources of the month

New DCC Publications
First in our Outbox is an update to one of our most downloaded titles, How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications. Comprehensively overhauled by authors Alex Ball and Monica Duke, the guide reflects recent developments such as the Declaration of Data Citation Principles and new recommendations on citing dynamic data. The second new title is a short case study, Using EPrints to Build a Research Data Repository for UEL, recounts how Stephen Grace and colleagues addressed their institution’s data repository requirements.
The Metric Tide

A report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management for research was published on 9 July. Through 15 months of consultation and evidence-gathering, the review looked in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines.

Future events

International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC16) 
There will be a programme of workshops on Monday 22 February and Thursday 25 February and the main conference will run from Tuesday 23 to Wednesday 24 February 2016. Registration will open in November 2015. 
19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ElPub 2015)
Monica Duke will be presenting on ‘Lay summaries for research articles: a citizen science approach to bridge the gap in access’. The programme is available. 
4th International LSDMA Symposium: The Challenge of Big Data in Science
At this symposium, organized by the cross-program initiative Large Scale Data Management and Analysis (LSDMA) of the German Helmholtz Alliance, international experts address several aspects of Big Data. The opening keynote will be given by Jarek Nabrzyski, Director of Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Erhard Hinrichs, Project Coordinator of CLARIN-D, will be the closing keynote.
And finally...

Monica Duke leaving DCC
After four years with the DCC, Institutional Support Officer Monica Duke will leave at the end of this month. She has made a valuable contribution to the DCC’s work throughout her time, and will be truly missed. We wish her best of luck!

Repository Fringe
The 8th annual Repository Fringe event took place in Edinburgh at the start of August. A record 150 attendees enjoyed slightly more off-beat than usual presentations from a variety of speakers with a dedicated or tangential relationship to repositories. As ever, the DCC was one of the core organisers. DCC’s Martin Donnelly gave a presentation about the Horizon 2020 data management pilot and how projects such as FOSTER are helping researchers to understand and meet the growing expectations of funders in this key area. Thanks to all the organisers and speakers for a typically excellent event! If you weren’t able to attend in person, check out Nicola Osborne’s amazing live-blog of the event.
DCC Online Shop
Don’t forget the DCC publications are now available from our dedicated online shop. Browse our range of clear and authoritative How To guides, case studies, checklists and other publications.  We are now offering free postage and there is no minimum order. 

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