Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | May 2011


New Curation Reference Manual Chapter
The DCC's Curation Reference Manual is a growing online publication that provides an in-depth analysis of specific topics in digital curation, written by international experts in their fields. The latest chapter about the role of microfilm in digital preservation has just been released.

DCC marketplace survey
The DCC is preparing to launch a market survey of the HE research community in order to achieve a better understanding of our acquired and intended reach. The first stage of the survey will be undertaken using an online questionnaire, which researchers at twelve sample UK universities will be invited to complete. There are three strands to the questionnaire covering current data management practice, knowledge of the JISC data programmes and awareness of DCC activities and services.

The I2S2 use cases
The I2S2 project is pleased to announce two benefit use cases. The Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2) project is identifying requirements for a data-driven research infrastructure in 'Structural Science', focusing primarily on the domains of Chemistry and Crystallography. A key aim of I2S2 Project has been to develop use cases that examine the business processes of research, identify the costs and benefits of the integrated approach proposed by I2S2, and explore perspectives of 'scale and complexity' and 'research discipline' throughout the data lifecycle. 


Research Data Management Forum
The forthcoming Research Data Management Forum in Leicester on 5 and 6 May has proved to be one of our most popular yet. Registration is now closed but you can follow the event on the day via Twitter using the #rdmf hashtag. Save the dates for the next RDMF7 on November 2 and 3.

Future of Data Management Systems in the Structural Sciences
This I2S2 workshop, which took place on 1 April at STFC aimed to bring together a variety of stakeholders with an interest in the effective management of structural science data. Further information about this event can be found here.

Dryad UK Stakeholder Workshop
This workshop held at the British Library on 1 April brought together stakeholders in the Dryad UK project including representatives of funding bodies, journals and publishers, and researchers. The workshop gathered views on the pros and cons of various funding models. The DCC is developing a formative assessment framework in this project, and there were productive discussions of the value of Dryad for the various communities present. 


International Data Services Workshop
Representatives of data curation services and the bodies that fund them, met in Prato, Italy, at a workshop convened by the DCC's Australian counterpart, the Australian National Data Service. The aim of this event was to identify areas where coordination or collaboration between funders and service providers could deliver benefits by either reducing duplication or by improving quality. We succeeded in doing so and you can expect to see more signs of joint work by the DCC and others as a result.

Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress
Members of the SageCite Project have attended the Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress held on 15 and 16 April 2011 at the University of California, San Francisco. The Congress is the annual event organised by Sage Bionetworks, collaborators on the SageCite Project. This year the project informed the community about the progress it made so far and was again inspired by the vision of Sage Bionetworks and by other participants at the Congress.

Resource Discovery Task Force
The DCC's director, Kevin Ashley, continues to be involved in the JISC/RLUK initiative on resource discovery, ensuring that research data forms part of the resource discovery landscape. The original task force met in April to comment and advise on plans for future work, in which the DCC will play a part.


IDCC11 – Call for papers released
This year’s International Digital Curation Conference is taking place in Bristol from Dec 5th to 7th. The call for papers was released in April, inviting research papers, practice papers (reviewed as abstracts) and posters on the theme of "Public? Private? Personal? Navigating the open data landscape." This year there will be an award for the best poster as well as for the best paper.

Repository Fringe 2011
The DCC is again involved this year in the organisation of the Repository Fringe unconference. The fourth annual event will be held at the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th of August 2011. If you are interested in contributing a talk, Pecha Kucha, roundtable, workshop or anything else, then please drop us an email.There will also be RepoFringe developer day on Friday 5th August. Further details (including programme, travel, accommodation) will be posted on the Repository Fringe Blog soon. And if you need any more incentive to get the dates in your diary, the event has been scheduled to dovetail with the Edinburgh Fringe preview week, so culture will be abundant at knock-down prices!
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