|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | July 2016
What we learned this month
IDCC17 - save the date!
Next year’s International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will take place in Edinburgh between the 20th and 23rd of February 2017 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We’re looking forward to bringing IDCC back to the DCC’s home for the first time since 2008. Save the dates now and look forward to more news about the call for papers, keynote speakers and workshops in the coming months on the DCC website.
DCC RISE workshop
On 28th June we welcomed RDM people from 12 institutions across the length and breadth of the UK to a workshop on RISE (Research Infrastructure Self-Evaluation), our new capability model for assessing RDM services. RISE offers institutions a framework they can apply themselves, to facilitate discussion of current RDM service capabilities and identify gaps in their provision. It builds on knowledge gained through our work with earlier evaluation frameworks such as CARDIO. The workshop gave us very helpful feedback on its value for that purpose, and for other use cases. It was also a forum for sharing experiences in service development across institutions. We’ll be making more information on RISE available very soon. Meanwhile if you have questions, contact Jonathan Rans.
Visit from the DMPTool team at UC3
The DCC recently hosted visitors from the University of California Curation Centre (UC3). We’ve been collaborating on our respective tools – DMPonline and DMPTool – for years but have recently started a closer partnership to co-develop a single Data Management Planning platform. During the visit we agreed what features need to be included in our joint codebase and an action plan for adding these. To find out more, see the DCC blog.
Fostering open science across Scandinavia
It’s been a busy month for FOSTER events. We were at EARMA in Lulea running a session on the Horizon 2020 Open Data Pilot and what this means for the day-to-day work of research administrators, and the following week ran a workshop at the LIBER conference on using the openly-licensed FOSTER training materials to develop your own open science courses. In between these sessions we had the final project meeting, where we reflected on our successes and how best to build on these. We now have over 1,800 objects on the portal and have trained over 5500 people from 26 different countries. Impressive reach for a short project! Please continue to seed the open science message further by continuing to add your resources to the portal and reusing what’s there.
Sarah Jones was in Helsinki for FOSTER and LIBER last week and made the most of the time there to catch up with the DMPTuuli project, the Finnish national Data Management Planning pilot. We’ve been running an instance of DMPonline for them, which has allowed them to focus local effort on supporting uptake and training. They’ve developed a national DMP template drawing from the DCC Checklist, and have had great uptake from universities and funders. Both Tekes (the Finnish funding agency for innovation) and the Academy of Finland are piloting the tool. Great work from the Tuuli team!
OpenAIRE and EUDAT joint webinars
Two of the big open science infrastructure projects have joined forces to run webinars on research data management topics. In May, Sarah ran a session with Tony Ross-Hellauer of OpenAIRE to give an introduction to Research Data Management. It was a great turnout with over 200 people attending. The slides, webinar recording and a write-up of the Q&A are available online. The next session is on Data Management Plans and we have an amazing 790 people registered! The system only holds 600 so we’ll be running the session on Thursday 7th July at 11am CET and again on Thursday 14th July at 2pm CET to ensure everyone can make it. The webinar will also be recorded. Event details are available on the EUDAT website.
European Open Science Cloud for Research (EOSC)
The European Commission has this month published the long-awaited report of the High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud. Its title ‘A Cloud on the 2020 Horizon’ may have unintended connotations for the UK research community in light of the Brexit referendum result, making its contents even more timely reading for that reason. A brief snip from the introduction by Barend Mons: “Scientific data is in dire need of openness, better handling, careful management, machine actionability and sheer re-use. One of the sobering conclusions of our consultations was that research infrastructure and communication appear to be stuck in the 20th century paradigm of data scarcity. We should see this step-change in science as an enormous opportunity and not as a threat.” Read the full report.
Shedding light on Citizen Science
The EU's Joint Research Centre recently published its findings from a survey which looked at the scope and data management practices of citizen science projects worldwide to see how they manage their data. In a little under two months, 121 projects worldwide submitted information to the survey to give significant insight into how citizen science projects currently operate. One of the most notable findings was that citizen scientists are very open to sharing their results, with the majority providing access to raw or aggregated data.
Resource of the month
The Scholix framework
The Scholix framework, or the ‘Scholarly Link Exchange’ is a global framework for linking publications and datasets. The framework includes a conceptual and information model, with standards, guidelines and options for encoding and exchange protocols. It breaks new ground in efforts to increase visibility and discoverability of data and articles, place data in context to enable re-use, and support credit attribution mechanisms. Scholix has come about through the efforts of the RDA and ICSU-WDS Data Publishing Services Working Group and a number of key global players in research information, including organizations such as Crossref, DataCite and OpenAIRE.
This year's Repository Fringe features a packed programme centred around the themes 'Making a Difference with Data', 'The Nuts and Bolts of Open' and 'Open Educational Resources'. Keynote speakers include Erinma Ochu from the University of Manchester, Martin Poulter, soon-to-be Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford and CRIStin's Nina Karlstrøm. The programme for Day 2 also features a tri-part Wikidata & Wikisource Showcase and what should be an interesting panel discussion on 'Sustaining content and collections: open educational resources, open access, open data'. You can also still submit a poster. Register now.
Digital Infrastructures for Research
Europe's leading e-infrastructures, EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe, invite all researchers, developers and service providers for three days of brainstorming and discussions on the topic of digital research infrastructures. The DCC will be speaking in one session at this event on ‘Data Management Planning as Infrastructure’.
Au revoir to Marta and Joy; hello to Ray and Jimmy
We’re saying goodbye this month to two valued members of staff who are moving on to pastures new. Marta Ribeiro joined us in February 2013 as a developer and systems administrator. She's played a significant role in a major revision of DMPonline focused on usability and user experience and has been a liaison point for many of our international development partners. We’ll not only miss her programming skills, but also her sunny disposition and Portuguese baking. She moves to the Urban Big Data Centre in Glasgow, which is just a short walk from her home.
Joy Davidson has been with the DCC since its inception, and has been Assistant Director for the DCC at Glasgow since 2009. Her contributions to our work during that time are too numerous to list, but include: leadership on the training programme, from DC101 through to our current mix of on-site courses and webinars; contributions to European projects such as FOSTER and 4C; providing expert input to organisations such as the Knowledge Exchange and CASRAI; and developing assessment models such as CARDIO. She has also done a great deal over the years to coordinate the increasingly complex DCC workplan. Both Joy and I are hoping that the separation is temporary, and she will be continuing to collaborate with us on some areas of work.
We also get to say hello to two new development staff seconded to us from EDINA who have been working alongside Marta to ensure a smooth handover of maintenance and development tasks for DMPonline. Ray Carrick will be working with us full-time and Jimmy Angelakos for 50% of the time. They’ve already had the opportunity to meet and work with colleagues from U3C, as reported elsewhere in Pipeline.
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