|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | July 2012
Working with HEIs: DCC's Institutional Engagement Programme
The institutional engagement programme continues to move apace. In July we ran events to raise awareness at the University of Edinburgh and Northampton, conducted requirements gathering work at the London School of Economics, and revised customisation of DMP online tool for the Queen Mary University of London, in light of user testing. Synthesis workshops have also been carried out at the University of Surrey and Oxford Brookes as an opportunity to share findings and gain consensus on the future strategy. These have helped test a 'lite' version of the CARDIO benchmarking approach, aiming to help institutions self-assess their RDM roadmap or strategy implementation.
New projects: DaMSSI-ABC, PREPARDE, PRIME and TraD
The DCC was successful in its bid to the Managing Research Data programme for the training support project, so look out for DaMSSI-ABC. We will be telling you more about it soon! We are also involved in the two data publications projects in the strand - PREPARDE and PRIME. PREPARDE (Peer REview for Publication & Accreditation of Research Data in the Earth Sciences) focuses on peer review of data journals, focusing initially on the geoscience domain. PRIME (Publisher, Repository and Institutional Metadata Exchange) on the other hand aims to establish a standard for exchanging metadata between three key stakeholders: institutional repositories, subject-based repositories and publishers. The DCC is also a partner in the recently JISC-funded Training for Data management (TraD) project led by the University of East London (UEL), with whom we've been working through the institutional engagement programme (see above). The project focuses on providing discipline-based data management training at UEL (psychology and computer science) and training for librarians. More information about the projects will be available soon!
Open Repositories 2012 conference
We have run a workshop at the OR2012 on institutional data repositories which, we are pleased to say, was very well attended (thank you all for coming!). Presentations from the day have been added to the event page; you can also read a blog post by Angus Whyte summarising the day. We would also like to thank all our co-organisers and everyone who took part in making it such a great event! If you were not able to attend, videos are now online and slides are available through the conference programme. Also don’t forget to check out the liveblog from the event.
Institutional Web Management Workshop
On 18-20 June various DCC staff attended the Institutional Web Management Workshop, an important event for the UK's higher and further education web management community, which was held this year at the University of Edinburgh. The DCC's Director Kevin Ashley opened the workshop with a talk on Data and the Web Manager. It's fair to say that data emerged as one of the key themes; if you were not able to attend there is a brief overview on the DCC blog of the sessions that looked at data management.
Scholarly Outreach, Impact and Outcomes: The 6th UCL Bloomsbury Conference
Monica Duke was speaking about the DCC associated project Patients Participate! at the 6th Bloomsbury Conference held at UCL. The Patients Participate! project investigated the lay summary as a means of communicating research to a wider audience. All presentations from the event are available on the programme page, including slides from Monica's presentation.
Open Repositories 2012 conference
We were delighted to host a number of visitors to the Digital Curation Centre during the Open Repositories 2012 conference in Edinburgh. Returning the hospitality shown to DCC's Martin Donnelly and Sarah Jones during their April visit to the Monash University e-Research Centre, manager Anthony Beitz came to continue discussions with DCC on strategies for research data management in the UK and Australia. We also welcomed two other Australian colleagues: Peter Sefton, Anthony's equivalent at the University of Western Sydney, and Natasha Simons of Griffith University. A few weeks earlier we also welcomed Anna Shadbolt, Manager of Information Management Services at the University of Melbourne, on her Universitas 21 study tour looking at information management infrastructure that supports the management of research data and records.
Databib: Call for Editors
The DCC supports the Databib project run from Purdue University in the US, who are on the hunt for members of the Editorial Board for this open community-led resource. Editors ideally will have expertise in a specific research domain or knowledge of research data repositories in a particular geographic region as well as experience with descriptive metadata. If this sounds like you, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah and Marieke Guy will be presenting at the next IFLA conference in Helsinki, Finland, in August on the DCC engagement work at the University of Northampton. They will explain how they are supporting the implementation of the university's RDM policy and the role the librarians are playing in this field.
The DCC will be involved in a number of workshops at iPres 2012, the ninth annual conference on digital preservation, which this year will be held at the University of Toronto, Canada. The DCC will be running a workshop on data citation and a tutorial on repository audit and certification. Join us in Toronto in October!
Save the date: Roadshow in Dundee
We would like to invite you to our last data management roadshow, this time it will take place in the northeast of Scotland, Dundee, from 5 to 6 December. More details will be provided closer to the time. Hope to see you there!
Images two and three courtesy of Sharon Steeples, licenced under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0