|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | September 2011
We are delighted to introduce our latest new members of staff. Last month the DCC appointed two new Institutional Support Officers whose principal task will be to provide assistance to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the development and promotion of techniques for effective research data management (RDM). Their work will include, among other things, onsite RDM 'health checks' and the provision of training and support to the development of institutional RDM strategies. Kerry Miller joins us from 12 September with Jonathan Rans is expected to follow in October.
Three new DCC publications are scheduled this month. First up, and already on our website in the Introduction to Curation series is a briefing on Data Citation and Linking by Alex Ball and Monica Duke. Later this month will see a briefing on Making the Case for Research Data Management by Angus Whyte with Jonathan Tedds from the University of Leicester. The third new title is How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan by Sarah Jones. Both titles will appear shortly on our website. Please let us know what you think of our publications, and what other topics you would like to see more guidance on.
KRDS Digital Preservation Benefits Analysis Toolkit: new version
The JISC-funded KRDS-I2S2 Digital Preservation Benefits Analysis Project, which aimed to test, review and promote use of the Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) Benefits Framework and the I2S2 Value Chain Analysis tools for assessing the benefits of digital preservation of research data, is pleased to announce a new, second version of the KRDS-I2S2 Toolset. The Toolkit consists of two tools: the KRDS Benefits Framework (Tool 1) and the Value-chain and Benefits Impact tool (Tool 2). Both tools have drawn on partners' case studies and previous work on benefits and impact for digital curation/preservation. This experience has provided a series of common examples of generic benefits that are employed in both tools for users to modify or add to as required.The worksheets, guidance documentation and exemplar test cases can now be downloaded from the project website.
Freedom of Information Requests via Twitter
The power of Twitter just keeps growing. The Information Commissioner's Office recently announced that FoI requests via Twitter are legitimate. Laura Molloy has been musing on the implications in her blog post. The move puts more of a responsibility on institutions to actively monitor for requests and raises questions about the relationship between social media and FoI responsibilities.
The 2011 Repository Fringe created a buzz once again. Live blogging and tweets allowed those who couldn't be there in person to take part remotely. All presentations from the event were also recorded and will be soon available online. Patrick McSweeney (a developer at the University of Southampton) has written a whistle stop review of this year's Repository Fringe and DCC's Sarah Jones blogged on Mark Hahnel's FigShare. Also, a thought provoking discussion on low uptake of open access content in repositories in blog posts by Graham Steel and Peter Murray-Rust. A call to action for #rfringe 2012!
JISC Managing Research Data Programme
Kevin, Graham, Martin, Sarah and Joy participated in the evaluation of bids for the recent JISC 07/11 call. We've received many excellent submissions and with over 45 proposals, the competition was very tough. If you were not successful please still get in touch with us as thanks to the additional funding from the University Modernisation Fund (UMF) will be now engaging more closely with UK HEIs to help support your research data management activity. We'll also circulate news on the funded projects as soon as they are released by JISC.
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If you aren't already, don't forget to follow us on Twitter for all the latest in digital curation and preservation, DCC's events and training.
The DCC roadshows are touring the regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next 12 months. They're designed to allow every institution in the UK to prepare for effective research data management and understand more about how the DCC can help. You also get to hear from speakers local to you about how they've tackled some of these issues. We can only visit each region once, so take the chance to attend when we're near you. You may just have time to sign up for the next event at Oxford from 14 to 16 September; if that's not suitable, perhaps you would prefer Sussex in October or Cambridge in November. Wherever you are, sign up now or register your interest for those regions where we haven't yet confirmed dates and you will be the first to know when we do.