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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | December 2010


GridPP Case Study
Beginning a new study on the UK particle physics community's GridPP project, Angus and Graham have initiated an online survey of the project's participants. GridPP handles enormous volumes of data, including that from the Large Hadron Collider, and the survey aims to identify the challenges of making it accessible and usable across the collaboration and by others.

New FAQs on How the DCC Can Help You
Giving an overview of how the DCC aims to help each of its target groups, a new set of FAQs is on the DCC website homepage. Compiled by Angus Whyte, the FAQs also serve as an introduction to the website for newcomers.

Improving the DCC's Shop Window
Florance, Martin and Sarah attended a Writing for the Web course last week, with a view to making our online resources easier to find and understand via your browser. If you have any suggestions please share them via


University Modernisation Fund Planning Meeting, Swindon
HEFCE's University Modernisation Fund is committing significant resources to support exploitation of cloud services for UK research, as well as carrying forward some of the more salient aspects of the UK Research Data Service report. The DCC will be supplying national coordination and some of the test cloud services; discussions between interested parties took place in mid-November in Swindon. The final results are likely to become known very soon - look for further news on the DCC web site in December.

Visit to the British Library
Kevin had a fruitful exchange of views and plans with the BL's fast-growing datasets team and its digital preservation team on Friday November 19th. We're already collaborating on a number of projects, but look forward to more strategic alignment of our efforts in the coming months.

DaMSSI Training Support
Joy and co. met this month to kick off the DaMSSI support project, which will assist the 04/10 JISC RDMTrain projects in making use of the SCONUL Seven Pillars Model and Vitae's Researcher Development Framework.

SageCite visit
A small delegation from the SageCite project made a visit to project partners Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, in order to talk to researchers about their data, workflows and model-building processes.  Knowledge of these complex practices employed to model disease is required to inform citation requirements and to understand the data-citation issues presented in this domain.


CODATA Conference, Cape Town
In 2009, the DCC brought the UK back into membership of CODATA, and Kevin attended its biennial conference in South Africa at the end of October. CODATA events are always a mixed bag, but some aspects are valuable and considerably important to the UK... the World Data System is one example. The Natural Environment Research Council's Mark Thorley capably represented us at the General Assembly following the conference, and Mark has also been elected to the CODATA Executive. More news forthcoming soon...

DCC Data Management Roadshow, Bath
We held our first regional data management roadshow in Bath on 2-4 November, bringing together IT directors, librarians, data managers and researchers from the Southwest to discuss the data challenge in their institutions. The event achieved its objectives of getting attendance from many institutions in the region, and attracting different staff to different days for specially targeted material about effecting institutional change in research data management. Slides are available, and UKOLN's Marieke Guy has produced a useful summary of day 2. The next roadshow is planned to be held in Sheffield in March 2011.

JISC MRD Cost, Benefits and Sustainability Workshop, Bristol
Arranged to coincide with the Bath Roadshow, Simon Hodson and Neil Beagrie coordinated a two-day workshop on 2-3 November to assist the MRD projects develop their cost/benefit analyses and make a business case for sustainability. Notes and presentations are available.

Research Data Management Forum, Manchester
The 5th DCC-RIN Research Data Management Forum took the theme of the Economics of Applying and Sustaining Digital Curation. The Incremental project team has reflected on this event and the JISC MRD costs workshop in the blog post Costing Data Management.

Research Information Network: Research Data - Policies and Behaviours, London
Kevin spoke about data policies at the second event in RIN's Research Information in Transition series in London on 19 November. Chris Taylor has produced an excellent blog post which summarises the key discussion points.

RLUK Conference, Edinburgh
Martin gave a Pecha Kucha presentation on Kevin's behalf at the RLUK Conference in Edinburgh on 11 November. This lightning talk outlined various aspects of 'data places', where we put, keep and find data, and how this fitted into to various national, international and DCC initiatives.

Alliance for Permanent Access Conference, Espoo
Martin also helped William Kilbride with his presentation to the APA's Annual Conference in Espoo, Finland on 22 November. The topic we were given was requirements for the Arts and Humanities, and we gave a fairly provocative talk - considering the audience - identifying some aspects that make the Humanities different to most of the scientific domains, while at the same time highlighting their shared needs.

Knowledge Exchange, Utrecht
The Knowledge Exchange has establish a working group to look specifically at primary research data and to identify and promote key strategy and policy challenges. Joy took part in the last working group meeting in Utrecht where training and legal issues were discussed.  

DC 101 Lite, Glasgow
On 17 November Joy and Sarah delivered a DC 101 Lite at the University of Glasgow in cooperation with Laura Molloy of the JISC-funded Incremental project. Incremental has developed links to local data management support at the University of Glasgow, and supplemented the more general DCC materials.

International Digital Curation Conference 2010, Chicago
It's only a matter of days until our annual international conference, which is taking place in Chicago this year. DCC staff are running several workshops including 'Scaling-up to Integrated Research Data Management' and 'Digital Curation 101 Lite'. We have a packed programme of excellent speakers. If you can't join us in person, tweet in your tuppenceworth using the #IDCC10 hashtag.

Data Management Roadshow, Sheffield
The next roadshow is pencilled in for 1-3 March 2011, so if you're based in the Yorkshire/North-East England area then save the dates and watch out for registration details. We're also looking for volunteers to host events later in 2011 and in 2012.

JISC MRD International Workshop, Birmingham
Make haste to the Aston Business School on 28-29 March 2011 if you want to see the tools, training and technical innovations that have come out of JISC's forward-thinking Managing Research Data programme.


Pipeline will be taking a short break in January, returning to your inbox in early 2011. Enjoy the holiday season, wherever you are. With best wishes from the DCC.
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