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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | November & December 2016 
                            
What we learned this month


The DCC and its services
The DCC has undergone continuous change and operated different funding models since it was established as a consortium in 2004. Over the years, we’ve moved some activities to a cost recovery basis, increased project funding and established an income stream from online services and consultancy. This trend continues as the core funding stream from Jisc came to an end in July 2016. What does this mean for UK universities and researchers? In many ways, very little – in others, potentially a lot. Our existence is secure, our finances are healthy and we can guarantee ongoing support for DMPonline as a UK national and international service. We’re engaging in discussions with key UK representative organisations to find the right business model for long-term UK provision and we welcome your views on that. For more details, see Kevin's blog post

IJDC publishes new research and practice
As promised we have now published the second issue this year of International Journal of Digital Curation. As usual, the papers are being added on a rolling basis. For starters, we have an overview by Stefanie Kethers, Andrew Treloar and Mingfang Wu of the Australian National Data Service's Applications Program. This focused on funding software infrastructure to enable data reuse and to demonstrate the value of making data available to researchers. 

Training and development issues are a common theme of the papers published this month. Closing off Issue 11(1), Carol Tenopir et al survey data management education practices in the US. Their findings describe what levels educators are teaching data management, which topics they are covering and what barriers they experience in teaching these topics. In Issue 11(2) we have two practice papers from Liz Lyon, Eleanor Mattern and colleagues at University of Pittsburgh. The first continues a series of data science role descriptions based on analysis of job descriptions, and maps them to course materials. The second paper reports on the design, delivery and assessment of a model for internal library education around research data management (RDM), using an active learning approach.


Innovating DCC training
We've delivered some new content on DCC training courses lately and are planning further changes. In Vienna, we spoke about RDM shared services for the e-infrastructures Austria consortium and discussed what could be learned from the DCC model. Building on courses we delivered earlier in the year for EC project officers, we did a half day workshop on reviewing DMPs in London on 30th November. This used evaluation rubrics inspired by the US DART project. We'll be running similar content again in Amsterdam in January, focusing specifically on open research and the H2020 open data pilot. Sarah also visited Norway to run  a one-day workshop for researchers at the University of Oslo. We'll be working with the library and software carpentry team there to develop more hands-on and interactive content, learning lessons from the carpentry format. You can sign up for forthcoming courses or request one at your own institution via our training pages
 
Proposed RDA Working Group on Text and Data Mining skills
The DCC is involved in a proposal for a new Research Data Alliance working group addressing TDM skills. Recognising that TDM is an underused but cross-cutting skill of value to a wide range of researchers, Freyja van den Boom put forward a proposal for a WG at the RDA plenary in Denver. The plan is to develop a short module that can plug into existing courses (e.g. the CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science and existing university research skills courses) to equip researchers and practitioners with basic TDM skills. Please read and provide feedback on the case statement and if you're interested in getting involved in the work, please join the group.

Counting sheep and other amazing creatures - PhD studentship opportunity
The University of Glasgow is offering a fully-funded 4 year PhD studentship on managing data related to animal disease outbreaks. This is supported by the Lord Kelvin Adam Smith (LKAS) programme and is suited to those with an interest in digital preservation, data management and epidemiology. The PhD researcher will work under the lead supervision of Dr. Yunhyong Kim in HATII, with direction from EPIC (Epidemiology, Population health and Infectious disease Control) researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. L Boden) and SRUC (Dr. Aaron Reeves). Full details of the opportunity are available on the University of Glasgow website. In the first instance prospective applicants should contact Dr Yunhyong Kim to discuss eligibility. If invited to submit, the full proposal will be due 13 January 2017. 


Driving forward with DMProadmap
We're making headway on the new DMProadmap codebase with the team at UC3. We've setup test instances with the live DMPonline and DMPTuuli data in preparation for migrating over and expect to make the switch by the new year. At the moment we're making some revisions to the database and focusing on refactoring to improve performance and scalability. We're also adding support for Single Sign-On for non-UK federations, and have added new features such as ORCID authentication. We'll be out in force at IDCC in February so come and catch up with us then. We're running a workshop to define the vision for machine-actionable DMPs, will be giving a joint paper, and also hope to demo the tool and promote co-development with others working on DMP services worldwide.

Digital Preservation Awards
The 30th November saw the DPC hosting a glittering affair in London, celebrating significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy. The 7th Digital Preservation Awards saw the greatest number and quality of nominations received to date, making it a very tough choice for the judges. You can see the full list of winners on the DPC website and relive the experience by watching the video of the evening, reviewing the tweets under #DPA2016 or catching up on blogs from the likes of Jenny Mitcham. This year saw the introduction of the DPC Fellowship Award which was presented to Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive. 20 years after the Internet Archive was founded, the award recognised Brewster’s sustained personal contribution to digital preservation, his generously shared insights and his ongoing collaboration for the widest possible benefit. 

Resource of the month


Workshop outputs from "The Making of Research Data Management Policy
There's a lot we could learn from our Dutch colleagues. Last month Sarah attended a 2-day research support event coordinated by SURF in Rotterdam, and now we read of another exciting workshop supported by the National Coordination Point Research Data Management (LCRDM). Jacquelijn Ringersma's blog reports on the recent seminar on the development of Research Data Management (RDM) policies. There were three sessions: on the current state of RDM policy; on how RDM policy making should respond to the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science and the third on incentives and what researchers need. It seems the FAIR principles were a common theme and the presentation from Peter Doorn puts forward an interesting model of how data could be assessed for their FAIRness. The write-up is well worth a read, and all the slides are available on the SURF website. 

Future events


Developing RDM services and supporting open research
Registration is still open for our workshops on Developing RDM services and Supporting Open Research on 25-26th January in Amsterdam. The RDM services workshop is aimed at support professionals with a stake in the development, review and redesign of institutional support for research data management. Participants will gain practical knowledge on how to scope, implement, refine and sustain their RDM services, and will be given pointers to useful open source tools and resources. The second workshop will focus on the H2020 requirements for open research and will include practical exercises on selecting repositories and reviewing Data Management Plans.

IDCC - Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society
From 20-23rd February we'll be hosting our 12th International Digital Curation Conference in Edinburgh. The Monday and Thursday are filled with interesting workshops, full details of which are available on the workshops page. Authors have now been notified about successful papers and these are being added to the programme. You can register for the conference online. Note that the early bird associate member rate closes in January, so treat yourself for Christmas and benefit from the reduced rate!

IDCC17 Workshop on Building Capabilities for Research Data Infrastructure and Services, Monday 20 February 2017, Edinburgh
This is one of two workshops DCC is involved in the day before IDCC17 kicks off. Capability models have recently been gaining traction in research data service development. This part-tutorial workshop is aimed at service managers, data stewards and others interested in applying them to help evaluate research data management (RDM) services and data stewardship practices. Participants will learn how to apply a model suited to their contexts, gain awareness of how such tools may be further developed to represent evolving RDM community norms and guidelines, help services prepare for Trustworthy Digital Repository assessment, and inform skills and career development processes. More details on the IDCC17 workshop page.
 
And finally...

As we put the final touches to this, the last edition of DCC Pipeline for 2016, we're already well into preparations for an end-of-year holiday break. Thanks to all of you for your interest and support during the year. We'll be going into hibernation briefly now but our offices reopen on January 4th. May 2017 bring glad tidings to you all.

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