|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | December 2012
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As the year draws to a close, it is customary to review the year gone by and look ahead at the year to come. We have seen great progress at many of the institutions in our engagement programme. We have started and finished our UK tour of the DCC regional roadshow, which succeeded in reaching over 95% of research-active universities. We have also had our first success with European funding for the DCC's work, an area we plan to expand in the coming year.
2013 brings our first conference in mainland Europe in January, the launch of the Research Data Alliance in March, and the negotiation of a new, more integrated phase of work with our primary funder, JISC, which itself is undergoing significant transformation. We know that research data management is a priority for UK universities for some years to come, and also a worldwide concern.
In the meantime, some of you will be wrapping up warm against the darkening, frost-filled days (as we are here in Edinburgh) or preparing for yet another beach barbecue (as will many of our colleagues at the Australian National Data Service). Whatever your plans are, thank you for your support, involvement and interest during the past year. We look forward to working with and for you in the year to come.
In the meantime, Yuletide Greetings to you all from all of us here at the DCC.
Kevin Ashley, DCC Director
Digital Preservation Awards
Huge congratulations to all the winners in a strong and varied selection that really demonstrates the range and breadth in digital preservation: the Archaeology Data Service (10 year award), Digital Preservation Training Programme (teaching and communication award) and PLANETS (research and innovation award). We were very pleased to have a joint entry with US colleagues on data management planning tools shortlisted and thus were able to showcase our work to a wider audience. Thanks also to DPC staff and the Wellcome Trust for organising such a well-run event.
Bringing the regional roadshows to a close: what next?
We kicked off the DCC roadshow series in Bath in November 2010 and brought it to a close in December 2012 in Dundee. Over that period we have run 13 regional events, reaching over 450 participants. We have profiled good practice in each region and helped institutions to get started through the training days. As a delegate from the final roadshow in Dundee said "I actually typed up a draft action plan on the way home on the train and am trying to set up a meeting to kick things off next week." Quick progress!
Slides from the final events are available at
We don’t plan to run any further regional roadshows, as they have served their purpose as an introductory programme. However, it’s possible that some elements of the roadshow will be incorporated into the restructured DCC institutional engagements. Current plans forsee a twin track approach that caters for new entrants by offering institutionally-focused events, whilst also allowing us to focus on delivering specific data curation techniques for those institutions that have already made progress in developing research data management capability.
Reusing MRD training content in DCC courses
The DCC's Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones have been up and down the country this month running training courses in Manchester, Sussex, London and Glasgow. They used Research360's postgraduate DMP template, which most people find helpful and sufficiently detailed but not too overwhelming. Slides from a creative arts PhD conference in Glasgow are now available online: What is RDM? and Data Management Planning.
Department of Science and Technology (DST) Seminar | Pretoria South Africa | November 2012
Last month the DCC's Liz Lyon gave a keynote entitled 'From data management to data science: current trends and future challenges' at the invitation of HSRC (the South African Human Sciences Research Council). The presentation is available online.
Open Horizons: A Revolution in Open Science
On 30 November Liz was also speaking at Open Horizons: A Revolution in Open Science event in Brussels, a special conference at the occasion of LERU's (League of European Research Universities) 10th anniversary. More details can be found at http://www.leru.org/index.php/public/extra/open-horizons-a-revolution-in-open-science/
Oily big data at Online Information Conference
DCC's Marieke Guy gave a presentation on 'Supporting libraries in leading the way in research data management' at the Online Information conference, which took place last month in London. Marieke's presentation and a great summary of the event are available on her blog post.
Reviewing DMP Online
In the past couple of months we have been holding focus groups, conducting interviews with researchers and running usability testing to gather user feedback on DMP Online. We received lots of useful suggestions, which we will be reviewing later this month. Watch this space for more information coming up in the next issue of the Pipeline.
IDCC13, the 8th annual International Digital Curation Conference has nearly sold out! Fear not, there is still time to register but you will need to act quickly. There will be an excellent mix of workshops on Monday and Thursday, plenary speakers and a symposium on Tuesday and research and practice papers and posters through Tuesday and Wednesday. It is also, as always, an excellent opportunity to catch up with activity from around the world, reinforce old contacts and make new ones. We look forward to seeing you and talking with you there; see you soon in beautiful Amsterdam!
PREPARDE Workshop at IDCC13
What mutual benefits can be gained from collaboration between data centres / repositories, publishers, learned societies and institutional repositories on standards for reviewing datasets? This will be the topic of a workshop the JISC PREPARDE project has organised on 17 January at #IDCC13 (see above). The workshop was oversubscribed before we even had the chance to publicise it, but the plan is to make slides and a workshop report available quickly afterwards. The contact is DCC's Angus Whyte who is co-organising it with Jonathan Tedds (University of Leicester), Sarah Callaghan (BADC) and Fiona Murphy (Wiley-Blackwell).
Workshop on research data storage
Storage and storage services crop up regularly as areas of concern in our work with UK universities. That's one reason why we are working with colleagues in JISC and the JANET brokerage to identify common requirements for research data storage in a workshop to be held some time next February. You can read more about plans for the workshop in a recent news post on our website.
Bett: Learn Live Higher Education
Marieke Guy will be presenting on Improving access to research data: What does changing legislation mean for you? in the Learn Live Theatre at Bett 2013. Session details should be available shortly on the website.