Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | October 2014

                            
What we learned this month


RDMF12 – registration now open – Leicester, November 18-19
Registration is now open and a draft agenda available for the 12th Research Data Management Forum on "Research Data and Repositories (and other systems)". It will appeal to a range of stakeholder types, from repository managers to university administrators. Delegate numbers are limited, so sign up soon.

Keynote speaker announced for IDCC15 – London, February 2015
We are thrilled to announce that the opening keynote speaker at IDCC15 will be Tony Hey, Vice President of Microsoft Research and one of those responsible for establishing the DCC. Tony is responsible for collaborative university science research engagements and has confirmed that the subject matter of the 2015 conference has never been more relevant to the research community. We look forward to hearing what Tony has to say!

The Call for Papers is still open and registration will open soon so keep an eye on the DCC website for updates.

DCC in collaboration with Purdue Data Curation Profiles
The DCC are involved in an IMLS grant with the Data Curation Profiles team at Purdue University Libraries. The work is based on our shared interest in engaging researchers to identify their support requirements for RDM, through the Data Asset Framework and Data Curation Profiles toolkits. We plan to build a tool to bridge the gap between data producers and data curators, and join up the active phases of data management with longer-term curation and preservation activities. More information online.

New DCC resource in development
We're working on a new How-to Guide aimed at helping to evaluate the options available for data cataloguing, repository / archive platforms and tool support. The guide is scheduled for publication in early 2015.

DMPonline goes to Australia
DMPonline continues to attract international involvement - our Developer, Marta Ribeiro, will be running a workshop on data management planning at eResearch Australasia Conference in Melbourne later this month and will also be presenting at the University of Queensland.

Dutch data prize winners announced
The winners of this years Dutch data prize were announced at an event immediately following this autumn's RDA plenary in Amsterdam. Nederlandse Liederenbank (Dutch Song Database) were the winners in the Humanities & Social Science category while DINED took the award in the Exact and Technical Science category. DINED is a collection of anatomical and statistical data initially aimed at industrial designers. The winners receive 7,500 and a sculpture.


Resource of the month

'Transferring Information Know-How' from InformALL
DCC participates in the InformALL steering group and is pleased to promote its latest report, on the importance of information literacy skills to employability. The initiative is hosted by the Research Information Network which aims to encourage interest and ability in the skills usually referred to as ‘information literacy’. Although the sample used here is small, the report displays some interesting findings.


What we've been up to this month

September was a particularly active month in terms of RDM related events and workshops. DCC staff were out and about at key events. A selection of our activities is listed below with links to further details.

Research and Enterprise Network for Universities Autumn Workshop
Alex gave an overview of the RDM resources offered by DCC at the RENU Autumn Workshop on 17 September. His presentation reviewed guidance and tools available for the various stages of the research lifecycle as well as institution-level strategy and planning.

DCC at European Research Council workshop
Sarah presented on the DCC's work to support managing and sharing research data at the ERC workshop on Research Data Management and Sharing in Brussels. Her presentation covered the benefits and drivers for RDM and pointed to relevant tools and resources. The event attracted 150 participants representing EU funding bodies, researchers, research institutions and publishers.

DCC at Research Data Alliance 4th Plenary Meeting
Kevin, Angus, Alex, Sarah, Joy and Laura attended the RDA 4th Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam which attracted about 500 people from around the globe and featured an overview of the outputs starting to emerge from early working groups. The number of new Interest Groups and Working Groups being proposed has been growing steadily over the past year or more, indicating that while we are making good progress with our approaches to managing, sharing and curating research data, a lot of work still needs to be done.

Joy also participated in the Knowledge Exchange research data group meeting held as a satellite event of the RDA Plenary.

RECODE workshop on policy recommendations for open access to research data
Sarah’s talk at the RECODE project workshop in Amsterdam covered initiatives to open up access to research data at the University of Glasgow and the DCC. The workshop saw the release of the RECODE project's draft policy recommendations for open access to research data in Europe. These suggest actions that a range of different stakeholders should adopt to help support the cultural change needed to ensure an open data future.

Third EUDAT Conference
Alex was also in Amsterdam at the Third EUDAT Conference to give a brief overview of the project to set up a Research Data Registry and Discovery Service for the UK, and reflected on the lessons the team have learned about ensuring the quality of data harvested from multiple sources. The talk was illustrated with examples of problems that had been encountered.
 
Data Seal of Approval conference
Angus participated in the DSA conference in Amsterdam which reported that the Data Seal of Approval is gaining ground as a first step that data repositories can take to international recognition as a Trusted Digital Repository, within a framework supported by the EU. The conference gave a really useful update on moves to partner with the World Data System to offer a worldwide cross-disciplinary standard, and provided overviews of the certification criteria and peer review process.

DCC attend Urban Big Data Centre inaugural workshop
Sarah, Laura and Joy attended the UBDC's inaugural workshop held in Glasgow last month. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Urban Big Data centre (UBDC) will make data collected by business and local government organisations available to academic researchers.
RDM in Denmark - DEIC14
Kevin was an invited speaker at the annual conference of the Danish e-infrastructure cooperation in Middelfart, Denmark. He described developments in policy, tools and services to encourage reuse of data from research and public fields in the UK and elsewhere. Denmark is in the late stages of developing a national initiative in RDM and is keen to build on successful models from elsewhere.

3rd annual LSDMA
On 7 October, Martin gave an overview of the DCC's work at the 3rd annual LSDMA (Large-Scale Data Management and Analysis) Symposium in Karlsruhe, highlighting relevant activities and resources developed as part of our national and international partnerships and liaison . This year's event was on the theme of "The Challenge of Big Data in Science". 

Future events

Joint workshop: Arkivum, DCC, Janet and University of Edinburgh
DCC has got together with colleagues at Janet, the University of Edinburgh and Arkivum Ltd to offer a briefing on data storage and preservation strategies. The event will include information from Janet on services available under its Framework Agreements, particularly the Data Archiving Framework with Arkivum, while University of Edinburgh colleagues will describe their RDM service implementation. DCC will consider how researchers can be guided to play their part in selecting data for long-term storage by identifying which data have long-term reuse value or must be kept to manage compliance risks.
  • Edinburgh, 27 October, 1pm – 3.30pm - register now!
Catch up with DCC in Open Access week
There are plenty of opportunities to catch up with DCC in Open Access week. We'll be presenting at FOSTER-supported training events at Royal Holloway and KU Leuven, and Sarah will also be giving a webinar for the FOSTER project. We'll be speaking about research data management and open data, advocating that researchers share more than just their papers.


And finally...

Staff News
We're delighted to have Magdalena Getler back at work with the DCC following her maternity leave. Welcome back Magda!

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