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.
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