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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | August 2016

                            
What we learned this month


New training programme
The DCC is busy preparing its autumn training programme. We'll be running an Open Science workshop in York on 27 October, and two half-day workshops in London on 30 November. The morning will be a regular Introduction to Research Data Management for anyone new to the field, and the afternoon will be a new session on reviewing Data Management Plans. This new workshop will build on the session we ran at the last IDCC and subsequent events we've run for EC project officers on reviewing H2020 DMPs.

An increasing number of overseas delegates are coming to DCC training courses, so we plan to run two sessions in Amsterdam in the week commencing 23 January 2017. One will be a full-day workshop on developing RDM services; the other will be a full day session on the updates to the Horizon 2020 Open Research Data pilot and how to produce and review DMPs. Hold the dates! Registration will open shortly.

If these events don't suit, remember that we're also available for in-house training. Recent clients have included universities in the UK, South Africa, Norway, Latvia and Denmark as well as organisations such as ARMA and the European Commission.

IDCC17 - venues announced for conference dinner and drinks reception
We're excited to announce the location of both the drinks reception and conference dinner at IDCC17 which will be taking place in the DCC's home town, Edinburgh, in February 2017. This year drinks will be served in the University of Edinburgh's very own Playfair Library inside its most iconic building, Old College. The Old College is an A listed building of national and international historical importance built between 1789 and 1827.

Even more interestingly, this year we'll be taking a trip into Edinburgh's underground city for dinner at the iconic 'Caves'. The venue is inside the vaults which make up the sub-structure of Edinburgh's South Bridge. Completed in 1788 the vaults are where the poorest and most notorious of Edinburgh's inhabitants lived during the 18th and 19th Centuries. We'll be putting more information up about the venue and its history on the website shortly, along with the Call for Contributions which will be announced in the new few weeks!

DMP Roadmap
Over the past few months, the DMPonline team has been working closely with the DMPTool team on a new joint codebase called DMP Roadmap In recent blog posts we've discussed reciprocal visits to agree initial development priorities and have started co-development. We've also been liaising with Weiwei Shi, the Canadian developer for DMP Assistant, so she can add additional features like the logo upload they've implemented. In the coming months, we plan to extend this out and invite contributions from other active developers worldwide.

Aside from the development work, we're also collaborating on joint areas of interest such as machine-readable DMPs. We gave a paper at the recent RDA workshop at CERN on this topic and will also contribute ideas to the forthcoming RDA plenary. As part of this work we've been reviewing and revising the themes used in DMPonline and will be putting a new version out for consultation shortly. More on that soon, but for now catch up on our previous updates:

Roadmap team building exercises
The 20:51 sprint
Getting our ducks in a row

You can also follow our progress on Twitter under @DMPonline

CODATA/RDA Data Science workshop
The DCC has been working for some time with a joint CODATA/RDA group on research data science summer schools. This has now borne fruit with the first summer school taking place in early August 2016 at the Abdus Salaam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. The DCC's director, Kevin Ashley, was present to teach the students about research data management - why they should care about it and how to go about it. Other topics included software carpentry, data visualisation, machine learning and cloud and grid computing. 65 students from all over the globe were worked hard during an intensive 2-week course that will be repeated over the next few years. Long-term sponsorship from The World Academy of Sciences and other organisations such as GODAN and ACU made the event possible. The Flickr album gives you some sense of the ideal setting and the diversity of the student body who were a pleasure to work with. We're looking forward to repeating the experience.

Research Data Concordat emerges; DCC briefing follows
The long-awaited UK Research Data Concordat has finally emerged from a long period of consultation and revision. The concordat represents agreement between those who fund research and those that carry it out on how to achieve the best possible outcomes with the data generated through research activity. There is a commitment to sharing and open research, a recognition of the importance of relevant data skills and an articulation of the responsibilities of the parties involved. Although the document represents UK practice and funding arrangements, it is hoped that it can serve as a model for practice in other countries. At least one of the initial signatories, the Wellcome Trust, is a charitable funder with global reach. The newly-released DCC briefing on research data policy takes stock of the concordat and sets it in the wider context of international developments in research data policy. Both are therefore of wide interest.

New Horizon 2020 DMP guidelines
The European Commission has released new Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020. There are a few key changes and a new template for DMPs which has been added to DMPonline. Sarah explains more about the changes and what they mean for researchers on the DCC blog.

Repository Fringe 2016
We've just wrapped up this year's Repository Fringe, organised as ever by a joint group from DCC, EDINA and Edinburgh University Library. The event maintained its reputation for considering repositories in the broadest context and bringing speakers and activities that are both familiar and unfamiliar to the attendees. From Martin Poulter on OERs, Les Carr on social media repositories, Ewan Klein on data repositories and Catherine Jones on software repositories we heard about the full range of what's possible now and in the future. Day 2 offered the opportunity to learn how to edit Wikidata, amongst many other activities. You can learn more about what took place through Nicola Osborne's blog post. Repository Fringe always takes place just before the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (apart from a hiccup in 2012 when it joined forces with Open Repositories in Edinburgh) and is a great chance to get two experiences for the price of one. Mark your calendar for 2017...

Resource of the month

Embracing the 'Data Revolution': opportunities and challenges for research
Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Archive, gave a keynote speech at this year's IASSIST conference in Bergen. An edited transcript of his talk is now available. Whether or not you were in Bergen, and whatever your role in using or providing access to digital collections, Matthew's talk is deserving of a few minutes of your time. It provides a good summary of themes which will be of concern to many in the years ahead.

Future events

International Data Week
It's now too late to get the early bird rate for "International Data Week" in Denver, but the event is still worth registering for if research data and related skills are your concern. The Research Data Alliance and CODATA have teamed up to organise what promises to be an intense week of data, with DCC staff contributing to sessions in SciDataCon (the CODATA conference) and the working and interest group sessions in the RDA plenary. Digital Infrastructures for Research & E-Research Australasia
European readers will want to head shortly afterwards to Krakow for "Digital Infrastructures for Research", or, if Europe's too far, then "E-research Australasia" might be more convenient, taking place in Melbourne. There's an impressive list of featured speakers from research, government, journalism and industry and it's not too late to get on the programme yourself via a poster or a submission to the "solutions showcase". PIDapalooza
If permanent identifiers of any flavour are your thing, you'll want to head to "PIDapalooza" in Iceland this autumn. In the organiser's words, "If you’re doing something interesting with persistent identifiers, or you want to, come to PIDapalooza and share your ideas with a crowd of like-minded innovators." A call for submissions is currently open. IDCC17
Above all, remember that the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) is taking place in Edinburgh next February  with two days of workshops and two days of submitted and invited talks, posters, demos and discussion. The Call for Submissions will be open soon.
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