|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | December 2015
What we learned this month
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The year just past has seen an even greater number of events, projects, activities and initiatives around digital curation, research data, and open research. I've reflected before that, even for specialists like DCC staff, it's difficult to keep abreast of all developments. It's even harder for those new to the field, and its expansion means that there are more of those new workers than ever before. How much harder is it for them to make sense of a new field, often without experienced colleagues to guide them. Our last RDMF saw many of these new entrants to the field attend, along with a number of familiar and experienced faces. It provided a instant network for them, and we're going to work harder in future to provide that network for as many new folk in the digital curation and research data field as we can. Season greetings from all of us at the DCC and a Happy New Year to you all.
Kevin Ashley, DCC Director
Registration for IDCC16 is now open
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 11th International Digital Curation Conference in Amsterdam is now open. The Call for Papers has now closed and those who submitted papers should receive notification of the Programme Committee's decision the week beginning 14 December. Registration for the workshops on 22 and 25 February will be opened shortly - in the meantime you can view the workshop programme online and decide in advance what you would like to attend. We have room for two more half-day workshops so if you have an idea please submit a workshop proposal to us as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!
As the research data landscape has continued to mature and become ever more collaborative and international in character, the DCC’s role has similarly evolved to reflect these changes. We have been offering tailored consultancy opportunities to universities and other research stakeholders for some years, ranging from advice around policy to requirements gathering for data services, and from advocacy to senior management to bespoke staff training events. Further details of our services will be available via the DCC website and presented at various events in the New Year, but if you’d be interested in an informal discussion in the meantime please feel free to get in touch.
A new DCC sector support programme
The DCC is pleased to announce that in January we are launching a new programme of support for RDM infrastructure development in the HE sector, the Research Infrastructure Supported self-Evaluation (RISE). As this suggests, the aim is to help institutions benchmark the level of capability their RDM Service is providing. Participants will benefit from an external view of any gaps and gain insight into their position relative to comparable institutions. They will also contribute to a UK-wide ‘sector health check’, complementing our annual survey. We will begin scheduling the programme early in 2016 at selected institutions so if you are interested in taking part, please contact our helpdesk.
Much of our forward planning for DMPonline in the past few months has focussed on internationalisation and business models for international use of the service. University of Edinburgh's IS Innovation Fund has supported a short-term project to greatly improve the internationalisation support in the code, and we are bringing in additional development effort and working with our colleagues at EDINA on service delivery. We will be announcing a revised development roadmap in Spring 2016 - you can hear more at #IDCC16 in Amsterdam. We will have a poster on the roadmap, a joint paper with the DMPTool folk on long-term strategies for data management planning and a workshop on supporting and reviewing DMPs in collaboration with the DART project.
An update on UK Research Data Discovery (UKRDDS) project
UKRDDS intends to build a data discovery service layered over organisational data catalogues. The project moved to Jisc ownership in 2014 and the DCC's role is now to maintain dialogue and liaise with university participants. Since our last progress update in May, the UK Research Data Discovery Service (UKRDDS) project team has focused on the development of a discovery tool and on harvesting research data from the participating institutions - nine universities and seven data centres. An alpha version of the CKAN data discovery tool is available. You are welcome to have a look but please note that this is an early prototype which contains an incomplete set of harvested metadata from participants. A beta version of CKAN will be available in early 2016. More information on the project and latest news can be found on the website.
Jisc shared RDM services workshop
DCC’s Jonathan Rans and Joy Davidson attended the first of two workshops held by Jisc in Birmingham around the development of a UK shared service for research data. Jonathan spoke about the DCC’s experiences delivering national-level support through our Institutional Engagement programme and reflected on the sector's readiness to take advantage of RDM infrastructure. There is clearly a great deal of interest from the community in the progress of this project and a lot of useful comment and feedback was gathered from those present. Jisc's John Kaye has blogged about the event and will be posting regular updates as the work develops.
Open Data panel discussion
DCC’s Sarah Jones alongside Peter Murray-Rust (University of Cambridge), Tim Smith (CERN), Frances Rawles (MRC) and Rafael Carazo-Salas (University of Cambridge) took part in a panel discussion organised by the University of Cambridge under rather provocative title 'Open Data – moving science forward or a waste of money and time?' Marta Teperek and her colleagues did a great job in promoting the event. There is a video recording, a Storify of tweets and a great summary blog post. Lots of useful content if you missed the event.
Alan Turing fellowship
The first call for Alan Turing Fellowships is now open. The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s new national data science institute, established to bring together world-leading expertise to provide leadership in the emerging field of data science. The Institute has been founded by the EPSRC and the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick. Fellowships are available for three years with the potential for an additional two years of support following interim review. Fellows will pursue research based at the Institute hub in the British Library, London. Full information and application details are on the website. The closing date for applications is 20 December 2015.
Resources of the month
Why Open Research
If you're encouraging a move towards open access and open data, check out this new resource from Erin McKiernan Why Open Research The website pulls together reusable images, slide decks, quotes and video primers to help you make the case for open science. Everything is under a CC-BY licence so use it in your advocacy.
OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding
Science and Technology Ministers called on the OECD in 2004 to develop a set of guidelines based on commonly agreed principles to facilitate cost-effective access to digital research data from public funding. This publication is the outcome of this request. It is intended to assist all involved when trying to improve the international sharing of, and access to, research data.
An introduction to Research Data Management
The DCC would like to invite you to this half-day workshop that will introduce you to the research data management landscape and look at data sharing and data management planning in greater detail.
Join us for our annual International Digital Curation conference, this time taking place in Amsterdam. Get a flavour for the conference by reading blogs and Storify from last year’s conference in London.
An update from RDMF14
On 9 and 10 November we held our biggest Research Data Management Forum event to date on the theme 'Research Data and Systems'. Over 70 of you attended the overnight event in York which saw some very interesting discussions amongst the breakout sessions. You can check out the slides from all of our presenters online as well as the official Storify and a guest Storify from ULCC's Andrew Hercules. Variety in RDM requirements - a curse or the spice of life is Angus Whyte's blog post from the event, and others should be available shortly.
The DCC has recently run a number of workshops overseas. In early November, DCC’s Marta Ribeiro and Sarah Jones were in Copenhagen to run a two-day course on how to customise DMPonline for participants in the Danish national data management pilot. Sarah also ran courses on DMPonline at Ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and in Bologna, Italy. There is currently a lot of interest in data management planning in light of the Horizon 2020 requirements. In the New Year we will be doing some training at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) on open science and the Horizon 2020 Open Research Data pilot. You also can request a training session at your institution.
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