Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | July 2015

What we learned this month

DCC news
From August this year, we will be introducing some marked changes in how we deliver some of our services. Our core funding has historically enabled us to engage in-depth with a wide variety of institutions at no cost to them. News received in recent weeks means that our core funding from next month will be over 50% lower than it was at the time we introduced our institutional engagement programme. Diversification of funding sources has enabled us to retain much of our capability, but there is inevitably some impact. Our more tailored services will have to move more sharply to a paid consultancy model - one where we think we can offer excellent value and a unique breadth of expertise. More details will be announced via our website and mailing lists in the coming months.

New poll: tools for working with research data
This poll created by the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group, is looking to characterize the range of research data management tools that are used across domains and regions. The poll is open until 24 July, takes five minutes to complete and is anonymous. Please pass it on to your researchers. The results will be reported at the next RDA meeting in Paris in September and made available through the Long Tail Interest Group page

ORCID, a unique researcher identifier will now be offered to UK higher education institutions through a national consortium arrangement. The agreement, negotiated by Jisc Collections, will enable universities to benefit from reduced ORCID membership costs and enhanced technical support. More information can be found in this blog post.

Data stories blog
This month we draw your attention to Ge Peng’s and Thomas Maycock’s (both at Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites in North Carolina) story on how service tools and social media have been used together with one of their research products (the scientific data stewardship maturity assessment model) to enhance sharing, broaden the user base and track impact. Your data stories blog aims to share examples of good and 'not-so-good' practice in research and scholarly data management, and demonstrate the benefits of data sharing and reuse.

Resources of the month

The DCC proudly presents three new publications freshly released.

How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics
The new DCC how to guide written by Alex Ball and Monica Duke will help you to track and measure the impact of research data. After discussing some of the current issues and challenges, it offers tips on increasing the impact of your own data. This guide should interest researchers and principal investigators working on data-led research, administrators working with research quality assessment submissions, as well as librarians and others helping to track the impact of data within institutions.

EPSRCs RDM requirements
Activities and experiences of four UK universities in meeting the expectations in the EPSRC research data policy framework – the University of East London, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds and the University of St Andrews have been captured in four case studies. DCC’s Monica Duke and Jonathan Rans, working with Verena Weigert at Jisc, conducted interviews with RDM staff at those institutions and prepared summaries, which are now online and also included in this guide Steps universities can take to meet the EPSRC research data policy. Thanks are due to Stephen Grace (University of East London), Stuart MacDonald (University of Edinburgh), Rachel Proudfoot (University of Leeds), and Anna Clements (University of St Andrews) who contributed their time and expertise.
FAQ on DMPonline
We have also just published answers to frequently asked questions about the DMPonline, our web-based tool to help researchers write data management plans.

Future events

Save the Date – IDCC16 in Amsterdam
We are delighted to announce that the 11th International Digital Curation Conference 'Visible data, invisible infrastructure' will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More information will be added to the DCC website over the coming weeks.
Repository Fringe
There are still places available to attend Repository Fringe 2015. The theme this year is 'Integrating repositories in the wider context of university, funder and external services'. The organising committee is busy putting together an inspiring and interesting programme. Register now and book your travel today!
Altmetrics for Librarians
If the new DCC Guide has whet your appetite for tracking impact using altmetrics, you may wish to register for this free webinar.

And finally...

Staff news
We are saying goodbye to two colleagues Alex Ball and David Wilson who are both leaving the DCC at the end of July. They have made an invaluable contribution to the DCC's work throughout their time, and will be truly missed. We wish them both the very best!

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