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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | November 2010


UK Research Data Service
On October 1st, Kevin attended the final meeting of the UKRDS project management board. This formally transferred responsibility for taking forward the realisation of UKRDS to the DCC. As some will be aware, the University Modernisation Fund has some money set aside to support the development of cloud services for research and some elements of the UKRDS proposal. We're working hard with the other actors involved, including JISC, and RLUK, to develop plans which should see services becoming available by April 2011. More news as we have it!

New 'How-To' Guide: Appraising & Selecting Research Data for Curation
The first in a new series of 'how-to' guides, offering a practical introduction to curation topics, is a collaboration between the DCC’s Angus Whyte and Andrew Wilson of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). 

The guide provides working knowledge of current approaches, issues and challenges, and of the roles of research groups and institutional data services in addressing these. How to Appraise & Select Research Data for Curation is available from the DCC Resources pages.

Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI)
Joy and Stéphane Goldstein of the Research Information Network (RIN) are leading the JISC and RIN funded Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI) support project for the JISC MRD 04/10 Promoting discipline-focused research data management skills projects. DaMSSI aims to facilitate the use of tools like SCONUL's Seven Pillars and Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework to aid in the effective planning of data management skills development and training. Working with the JISC 04/10 projects, DaMSSI will test the effectiveness of these tools for consistently describing data management skills and skills development paths in UK HEI postgraduate courses.

Research Data Management Book
Work has started on a new book commissioned by Facet Publishing, which aims to bring the challenge of research data management to the library community. Graham is seeking contributing authors from around the world to cover topics including data management planning, the data policy environment and national strategies within the OECD, roles and responsibilities for supporting the research data agenda, and training for data managers. The book's publication is currently targeted for early Autumn 2011.

GridPP Case Study
Graham and Angus recently kicked off the DCC's study of GridPP, which aims to explore the collaboration's approach to data management and sharing. This article in GridPP News ("Grid PP the Curator?") introduces the study, its purpose and methodology.


Visit to the Athens Digital Curation Unit
Whilst teaching on the DL.ORG Autumn School, Kevin took the opportunity to meet with colleagues at one of the DCC's sister organisations, the Digital Curation Unit in Athens, Greece. As well as updating each other on mission and recent developments, the possibility of collaboration on future European work on research data infrastructures was also discussed.

Gravitational Waves
In late October, Joy and Sarah met with Norman Gray of the JISC MRD Gravitational Waves project, which has recently completed the scoping phase. Key findings were that data management planning is seen as a responsibility of senior project management rather than junior researchers, and that the DMP problems tend to be primarily administrative as opposed to technical.

Links with Postgraduate Teaching
Joy and Sarah also presented on digital curation and the work of the DCC to HATII's Information Management and Preservation class at the University of Glasgow. The students were keen to discuss what skills future LIS professionals will be expected to have, and how these skills will marry up with what is being taught to other professions such as information technology specialists and researchers. The question of skills and roles is currently being explored by the DCC and JISC through our participation in the Knowledge Exchange Primary Research Data Working Group, and Joy took part in their recent working group meeting in Utrecht on October 26th.


JISC Future of Research, London 
On 19th October, Kevin presented at the JISC and Universities UK Future of Research conference. In a strand dealing with institutional reputation he spoke about the role that effective institutional data management (and its underpinning policies and strategies) have to play in protecting and enhancing reputation.

Two Research Data Management events
On 21st October, Martin spoke about the challenges of data management planning at the PEKin Developing Data Management Expertise in Research event at King's College, London. The following day, he, Alex, Joy, Kevin and Liz all attended the JISC MRD Phase 2 Laucnh Workshop.

Galaxy Zoo
On 7th October, Sarah attended Art meets Astrophysics, a talk on the collaboration between Galaxy Zoo, the BBC and History of Art at the University of Glasgow. The project will apply the crowdsourcing techniques used to great effect by Galaxy Zoo for classifying galaxies, to categorise and tag digitised artworks presented through the Your Paintings website.

DCC Events
As the newsletter goes to press, a number of DCC events sit on the near horizon. By the time you read this, the fifth DCC/RIN Research Data Management Forum will have recently taken place in Manchester, and a short overview will be included in December's Pipeline. On November 2-4, the first in a new series of regional Data Management Roadshows will be held in Bath, and then in early December there's the International Digital Curation Conference in Chicago, USA.

New Curation Reference Manual Chapter
Angus has been collaborating on this new chapter with JISC Digital Media's Stephen Gray. Digital video is an incredibly rich medium for research. Its contribution as raw material for observational and experimental analysis and practice-based learning keeps growing, as does its role as a vehicle for research communication. Managing and preserving digital video data presents research projects with interesting challenges that the chapter, to be published in November, will help to address.

Screencasting for tools
Joy, Sarah, Martin and Paddy have been learning about screencasting this month from a colleague in HATII who attended JISC's Building Effective Screencasts training course. We're planning some tool walkthroughs for DAF, DRAMBORA and DMP Online, so watch this space for updates!
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