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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | August 2011


NEWS



Introducing…
We are delighted to introduce our new member of staff. DCC's first Customer Relationship Manager, Diana Sisu, who joins us from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, will be responsible for managing the process of gathering, organising and maintaining information about individuals and organisations the DCC interacts with. We've also been recruiting for two Institutional Support Officers (the closing date for applications was 1 August) and hope to announce new appointments soon.

IDCC - call for workshop proposals 
The IDCC call for papers is now closed but we have started accepting proposals for workshops to take place before or after the conference. Get in touch to submit your idea or to ask for more information. The theme for this year's conference is open data. We already look forward to inspiring and thought-provoking discussions at the conference in December in Bristol. 

SageCite Project
The SageCite project came to an end in July. The DCC were represented by UKOLN, with the University of Manchester and the British Library as partners. SageCite investigated citation in the domain of disease network modelling through collaboration with Sage Bionetworks. All deliverables will be soon available on the project website, including the analysis of the benefits of citation using the KRDS tools

Partnership Forum
In July we launched our Partnership Forum to help institutions find partners for collaborative bids as part of the JISC 07/11 call. The forum also allowed bidders to ask for specific DCC input in addition to the general support we offer. DCC staff have been busy providng feedback on proposals and advising on the type of support that we could offer. This has been a test service so please let us know if you found it useful (and how we could make it better) as we would consider expanding it for future JISC calls. 

EVENTS


Repository Fringe 3 - 5 August 2011 
It's time for the Repository Fringe, which starts this Wednesday. Get ready for the fast-paced pecha kuchas, lively debate at the round tables, and if you've got the grit, keep going through the night for the DevCSI Hackathon. If you are unable to attend, stay informed by checking our blog and tweets for updates. The hashtag for the event is #rfringe11.

Reports from CAiRO Summer School

The Incremental project funded two scholarships for PhD students to attend the CAiRO performing arts training. Their event reports are now available online.

Research Data Management Forum
Planning is underway for the seventh RDMF workshop, which takes place at the University of Warwick on 2 and 3 November. The theme is 'Incentivising Data Management & Sharing' and topics will include the enablers and barriers to sharing and reuse of research data, the motivational role of the funders and a consideration of institutional measures for facilitating effective data management and sharing. Speakers are now being sought.

JISC Digital Preservation Benefits Tools Project
Presentations from the recent JISC Digital Preservation Benefits Tools Project Dissemination Workshop held at London South Bank University are now available on the workshop website. In addition to this, a workshop report is available on Charles Beagrie's blog.

CONVERSATIONS


Institutional approaches to research data management
The DCC roadshows and healthchecks are an excellent way to develop your institutional strategy for data management. A few months back we did a video interview with Jonathan Tedds to see what approach they're taking at the University of Leicester. We will be collating more examples of institutional approaches to research data management. If you would like to share your institution's approach to research data management, please get in touch.


Announcing the Curator's Workbench tool
Sarah Jones met with the Curator's Workbench team from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in early July. This new desktop tool looks particularly useful for processing large collections with custom metadata. Neil Grindley of JISC is looking at ways of supporting its implementation in the UK. Let us know If you're interested in trying it out.


COMING UP


DCC Roadshow in Oxford
The DCC will be back on the road in September, bringing the roadshow this time to Oxford. It's a great opportunity to develop your approach to data management and hear about new tools and services such as ViDaaS - a database service now piloted in the cloud for the benefit of all of the UK HEIs. So join us now from 14 to 16 September for the Oxford Roadshow.

Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards Workshop
Monica Duke will be giving a presentation on the experiences of the SageCite project at the 'Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards International Symposium and Workshop' being held on 22-23 August in Berkeley, California.

How to set up and run a data service
The UK Data Archive are running their useful how to set up and run a data service course again in October. Sarah attended the course last year and highly recommends it. If you're interested in finding out more, take a look at her event review post.

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