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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | October 2016

What we learned this month

New IJDC issue published
We are happy to announce the latest issue of IJDC during Open Access Week. The new issue Vol 11(1) currently includes a dozen new articles reflecting key new developments in research and practice. Many were previously aired at IDCC16 in February. Our production line is still busy with IDCC16 and other papers; more work of equally high quality will appear in the coming weeks, spread over this issue and forthcoming issue 11(2). We are much later with these than normal unfortunately, due to several major changes in editorial staff at the end of last year. So our apologies go to authors who have yet to see their work appear, and a promise to IDCC17 authors - no such delays for Issue 12.

The Research Data Alliance in the UK - what role do you see?
The DCC were in Birmingham last week for the first RDA-UK meeting. We've been sharing news about the RDA since its inception and ran a workshop at IDCC in 2013 to show how easily you can get involved by feeding back on proposals. With three years now under its belt, the RDA has several endorsed outputs and recommendations, so the focus this time was on how these can be adopted. Griffith university in Australia has done a great job of considering how the RDA outputs could be useful to their institutional services. The sessions at the Birmingham workshop profiled key outputs on data citation, data publishing, repository certification and metadata standards and discuss focused on how these are (or could be) implemented. The final panel also considered what is needed in the UK. For an event report see the DCC blog.

Wellcome trust studies on open research
The Wellcome Trust have recently released 5 studies they commissioned this summer on aspects of open research, most of which take the form of a review of current knowledge and recommendations for further action by funders and institutions. These include a report by Michael Jubb on culture and incentives for open research and one by DCC staff on skills requirements and gaps. All are short and are recommended reading for anyone with an interest in open research practice. There's also a survey conducted by Veerle Van den Eynden and others on the attitudes of Wellcome-funded researchers to open research practice. All 5 reports have been released on figshare
Developing a standard glossary for research data management
CODATA, CASRAI and Research Data Canada have been collaborating on an effort to produce a standard glossary for terms relating to research data management.
Glossaries of this type are critical underlying infrastructure to ease the movement of information between systems, such as institutional research management systems, data management plans and funder systems. They have recently released an open call for working group members and reviewers to take this work forward - the project is now called IRIDIUM. You can sign up and find out more via the form on the CASRAI site

New developments in capability modelling
One of the topics we expect to be sharing ideas about at IDCC17 is capability modeling. Capability models are well established in many technology management domains, as self-assessment tools for services. As such they should also help research data services that want to review where they are, and where they want to be. Models offer different ways of categorising relevant processes and evaluating them on scales such as maturity and organizational readiness. 

Signs of growing activity in this area include a new tool from ULCC named AOR (Assessing Organisational Readiness). The tool aims to help you measure your organisation's readiness for managing digital content. This comes just ahead of the release of our own new models, RISE and ReCap. RISE is based on ten RDM service components, and aims to help you review these and plan improvements. ReCap focuses on repository functions associated with three of the service components; preservation, discovery, access and publishing. The models fit together, or can be used separately. They should also work alongside AOR, which has a broader focus on digital content. More on this next month!

Data access statements in Nature journals
Nature Publishing recently announced that all research papers accepted for publication in Nature itself, as well as a pilot group of twelve other Nature titles, “will be required to include information on whether and how others can access the underlying data.” (Nature has, for some time, maintained a list of preferred, discipline-specific data repositories for the long-term hosting of data and other supporting information). These data access statements will be expected to “report the availability of the ‘minimal data set’ necessary to interpret, replicate and build on the findings reported in the paper.” This move is part of scholarly publishing’s response to the ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science, as reported back in May of this year, and it underscores the need for collaborative efforts between researchers, institutions, publishers and funders to tackle data management for the benefit of current scientists and future generations. You can read more about this extremely positive development, or examine the policy in full here.

Resource of the month

23 (research data) Things
One of the most recent successes from the Research Data Alliance is the worldwide adoption of the 23 Things self-directed learning programme. Initiated by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), this was presented at the Tokyo Plenary and since then has been translated into 11 languages. The success of the model continues in Australia too with hundreds of researchers, librarians, data managers and others embarking on the ‘23T’ journey. More details about the Australian uptake are available on the RDA blog

Future events

RDMF16: Data (and) Systems, Redux
The DCC is pleased to announce that registration is now open for this Autumn’s Research Data Management Forum (RDMF) meeting, on the topic of Data (and) Systems, Redux.

This event, the sixteenth in the series, will take place in the Edinburgh Hilton Grosvenor hotel on November 21st and 22nd, and registration includes overnight bed and breakfast accommodation, a drinks reception and all meals.

The draft agenda for November’s #RDMF16 event has recently been made available. We have a bumper crop of confirmed speakers and breakout group leaders: Professor Les Carr (University of Southampton); Graham Collins / Chris Emmerson (University of Newcastle upon Tyne); Mick Eadie (University of Glasgow); Rosie Higman (University of Cambridge); Federica Fina (University of St Andrews); James Toon (Elsevier); and Fiona Murphy (Maverick Publishing Specialists). Registration information and further details (including the draft agenda) can be accessed via the dedicated event webpage

Dataset descriptions workshop

The VRE4EIC project is running a two-day workshop from 30th November in Amsterdam on Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc). The full programme and registration details are available on the event page. Our own Kevin Ashley will be chairing a session at the event on 'Searching for Data'. You can follow details using the hashtag #SDSvoc
12th International Digital Curation Conference
Registration is now open for the 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), taking place in Edinburgh from 20th-23rd February 2016. We're pleased to report that past success and tight control of costs this year have allowed us to reduce the registration fees which we know have been a concern for some in recent years.Visit the IDCC17 dedicated page for registration guides, information on accommodation and how to make the most of your time in Edinburgh. Have a look at our blogs and photos from last year's conference in Amsterdam and get a flavour for the conference!

New Training Programme

We are very pleased to announce that we are taking our training programme to continental Europe at the start of 2017! Booking is now open for two courses, aimed at research data professionals supporting RDM and Open Research in Horizon 2020. 

Developing Research Data Management Services
This course will focus on developing institutional services to support research data management. Through practical exercises, participants will work in groups to take a holistic view of their current or planned RDM services. They will learn how to link service design and development with national and institutional strategy, ensuring that research goals are supported whilst complying with funders’ mandates. Participants will work with tools that facilitate business planning to identify the value of RDM services, and will learn strategies to communicate these benefits to a range of stakeholder groups. By working collaboratively, participants will also enjoy the benefit of shared experiences in service development from a variety of national and institutional contexts. This event will offer an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the European higher education sector. 

Supporting Open Research in Horizon 2020
This course will focus on developing the skills to enable Open Research, introducing research managers to the concept of open research (including Open Access to publications and Open Data) and its implications for their work. The key requirements for Horizon 2020 projects will be discussed with particular focus on the implications to research of the expansion of the Open Data Pilot. An introduction to developing and reviewing DMPs will be provided and through practical exercises, participants will gain experience in working with real-world examples. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

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