|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | October 2013
What we learned this month
As Figshare fans we were intrigued to see the launch of Figshare Institutional this month, which was previewed by Mark Hahnel in his closing keynote at this year's Repository Fringe in August. This is one of a small but growing number of institutional offerings in the data publication area from commercial providers. More information and guidance about these will be on the DCC website in the very near future.
FOI dataset provisions – what do they mean for RDM?
This month saw the introduction of new 'dataset provisions' which apply to institutions in England and Wales. They are one of several recent nudges in the direction of open data that RDM steering groups ought to be heeding, as we explain in a recent DCC blog post: ‘The FOI dataset provisions are likely to add pressure on Higher Education Institutions to use open licenses by default, and are in line with a broader transparency agenda that RDM managers need to be aware of. They provide a statutory spur towards more openness around research data, and any institution that is not actively preparing for that is putting itself at risk, risk that it at least needs to assess.' Read more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/blog/foi-dataset-provisions-what-do-they-mean-rdm
RDA Second Plenary Meeting report
DCC staff attended and contributed to the second plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance, which took place in Washington, D.C. in mid-September. We previously wrote about the RDA just prior to the first plenary in March this year. In the intervening six months a great deal of progress has been made. The DCC is particularly pleased that one of the working groups will be using our Disciplinary Metadata Catalogue as the basis for a global, community-maintained resource on discipline-specific metadata. We'll be writing in more depth about the RDA in the coming months, describing how others can benefit and contribute to its work.
RDM in France
For an excellent overview of research data management in France please see this blog post written by DCC's Laura Molloy, who together with Alex Ball was invited to speak about recent developments in this area in the UK at the event organized by ADBU, the association of French academic library directors. "In the closing panel session, we saw some disappointment that France appears to be behind in responding to the challenges of RDM, but also hopeful signs of progress." Read the full blog post.
The DCC's Kevin Ashley was one of the speakers at this year's euroCRIS seminar in Brussels, examining the increasingly close binding between research information management systems and research datasets. The latest version (1.6) of the CERIF standard for research information exchange contains enhancements for research datasets informed by work in the Jisc-funded C4D project.
Resource of the month
September has been a bumper month, so we're recommending two resources this time:
Out of Cite, Out of Mind: The Current State of Practice, Policy, and Technology for the Citation of Data
A recently published CODATA report on the current state of data citation policies and practices, its supporting infrastructure, and challenges in the implementation of good data citation practices.
Economic Impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)
This report commissioned by Jisc and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is one in a series of independent studies produced by John Houghton (CSES, Victoria University) and Neil Beagrie (Charles Beagrie Ltd) on the value and impact of UK research data centres. The economic analysis shows that data sharing and data curation via BADC has a very high value relative to its operational costs, showing a return of between four and 12 times investment by NERC.
Open Access week
Each year the DCC has taken an active part in this global event. In the UK, DCC representatives will be present at events being held at the University of Huddersfield, University of Kent, University of Leeds, Royal Holloway, University of London, Coventry University and University College London. Make sure to come and say hello to us!
Archiving the Digital: Current Efforts to Preserve Design Records
This conference co-organised by the British Architectural Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum, brings together noted UK and international experts who are tackling the shared problem of managing long-term access to digital design records, including CAD, BIM and 3D modeling. DCC's Alex Ball will be talking at the event on the subject of preserving computer-aided design models, followed up by a seminar organised by the DEDICATE (Design's Digital Curation for Architecture) project taking place at the University of Glasgow on 21 October.
Reconnect 13: The Second Annual CASRAI International Conference
This year the focus will be on the role of research administration practices and information sharing in supporting knowledge discoveries and innovations. DCC's Joy Davidson and Kevin Ashley will both be speaking at this event.
Florance Kennedy leaving DCC
In September the DCC said farewell to one of its longest-serving members of staff. Florance Kennedy has been the DCC's Business Administrator since shortly after its inception and also fulfilled an internal and external support role. She has often been the first-line responder for firstname.lastname@example.org and was the first point of contact for many of the DCC's external collaborators, as well as providing sterling support for DCC Directors both past and present. We wish Florance well as she pursues a new career supporting those faced with the complex issues of property maintenance in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Speakers announced for the 9th International Digital Curation Conference
A couple of weeks ago we released the incredible lineup of speakers for #IDCC14 conference which included Francine Berman, Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Atul Bute, Chief of the Division of Systems Medicine and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at Stanford University. For the full list of confirmed speakers and all the other important dates, please visit our website. Registration will open soon.
iPRES and Dublin Core conferences
In early September, the iPRES and Dublin Core conferences were jointly held in Lisbon, sharing facilities, plenary sessions, and even delegates. The 4C Project, in which the DCC is a partner, won the award for the best iPRES poster; you can view the poster online, but watch out for the innovative removable central panel! Alex Ball also co-chaired a CAMP-4-DATA (Cyber-infrastructure And Metadata Protocols for Data), a day-long workshop exploring issues of importance to both the Dublin Core Science and Metadata Community, and the RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group. Proceedings from the workshop will be available from the DC-2013 website by early November.
At the start of September, we organised the Research Data Management Forum #10 on the topic of research data management in the arts and humanities. Oxford Brookes University researchers from the Sonic Art Research Unit were among those presenting, and their collaboration with the university's RADAR repository is the subject of a new DCC case study by Angus Whyte, to appear in October. See all presentations from the event on our website as well as Stuart McDonald's blog post on the proceedings.
Data Management Planning at Loughborough University
On 18 September, DCC's Angus Whyte and Sarah Jones were at Loughborough University giving a session on Data Management Planning. The event brought together library and research office staff to raise awareness of funding body requirements and to discuss how the institution can provide further support to researchers to meet the requirements. The session identified numerous ideas and was positively received.
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