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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | June 2014

                            
What we learned this month


Jisc Research Data Registry and Discovery Service workshop
Jisc, is developing a national service to help make UK research data more discoverable and more likely to be reused. Led by the DCC, we’re working with the UK Data Archive, RCUK data centres and universities. Following  a short pilot which ended in March, we are hosting a free workshop in London on 16 June to draw together lessons learned and to discuss progress and challenges to date to feed into the planning of the next phase. If your organisation is interested in becoming involved, do join us - registration closes on 6 June. Find out more about the work here.

RDMF11 – programme announced
The final programme for RDMF11 (London, 20 June) has now been released; places are still available. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Carole Goble (Taverna and myExperiment, University of Manchester) on “The Beauty of Models…and Workflows, or, Methods Matter and the Matter with Methods.” There will also be presentations from Hervé L’Hours (UK Data Archive), Wendy White (University of Southampton), Dr James A.J. Wilson (University of Oxford) and Caroline Wilkinson (Ubiquity Press) – it promises to be a great event so register now.

Institutional Engagement update - where are they now?
In this month's catch-up with our first cohort of Institutional Engagements, Hannah Baker of the University of Salford outlines the various infrastructural developments and liaison/advocacy activities they have been undertaking, as well as providing an update on the development of an RDM policy for the University. Learn more about what's been happening at Salford in our blog.

CANARIE to extend funding of Research Data Canada  
We welcome the recent announcement from CANARIE that it will continue to fund the activities of Research Data Canada (RDC) until March 2015. RDC addresses Canadian data management issues from a national perspective whilst also engaging with other international groups to develop global standards for data management.

3rd LIBER workshop on the process of data curation
Sarah and Martin attended the 3rd LIBER workshop in Vienna this month on the process of data curation. There was a lot of discussion on data management plans (the Horizon 2020 open data pilot has certainly got people thinking.) and questions about the role of the library in the digital age. Herbert Van de Sompel gave an inspiring keynote encouraging librarians to engage with web archiving, and several presentations from the Netherlands showed how much we could all learn from DANS, 3TU and the universities there. In his closing summary, Paul Ayris proposed that the group put together a workshop on practical issues in RDM for the London 2015 LIBER and in an unconventional bid to bring fresh ideas into the profession, proposed that all speakers should be under 30. Only one attendee raised their hand to say they fit the criteria so we shall await next year’s event with interest!

OpenAIRE conference
Overlapping the LIBER event, the OpenAIRE project held a conference in Athens which took a broad view of infrastructure for scholarly communication and related infrastructure. Data management planning, and the DCC’s DMPonline in particular, also received a lot of attention. Paddy McCann spoke about the tool at a pre-conference workshop and it also featured in a number of presentations in the conference itself, including that from Chuck Humphrey speaking about its implementation at the University of Alberta. We're always open to more collaborative ideas on developing DMPonline so get in touch if you want to join those working with us.

euroCRIS report
Kevin Ashley gave an invited talk at CNR in Rome for CRIS2014, the European conference for research administrators and operators, users and developers of research information systems. His talk concentrated on how such systems and people can assist in the goal of increasing research data reuse. There's still some way to go before information about research data can flow through CRIS systems without loss, although there's a willingness amongst all involved to fix this.


Resource of the month

National Archives Guidance on Cloud Storage and Digital Preservation
To cloud or not to cloud is the question which a new  report from consultants Charles Beagrie Ltd looks to address. “How Cloud Storage can address the needs of public archives in the UK” provides useful step-by-step guidance as well as a good practice guide, a look at short-term future developments and a summary of legal issues associated with cloud storage and digital preservation. Although primarily aimed at a UK audience, there is still plenty of relevant information for international readers.


Future events

Jisc Research Data Registry and Discovery Service workshop 
Research Data Management Forum (RDMF11)
Repository Fringe 2014 - keynote announced
 This year’s keynote speaker for Repository Fringe will be Yvonne Budden from University of Warwick who will be discussing the current state of open access in the UK. With the event not far away now we plan to release the ‘unconference’ programme soon, which looks to feature in true Fringe style a new song from last year’s star, Robin Burgess, on research data management. Not to be missed! Registration is free and is open now. Visit the website for more details.
Introduction to Data Management Planning and DMPonline
The DCC will be running a training session alongside the Repository Fringe event this year. Join us for the morning on Friday 1 August to hear more about Data Management Plans and DMPonline. The session will focus on how you can support data management planning and the options for customising DMPonline for your institution. Registration costs £30 and includes tea/refreshments and lunch. You can find more information on the event page.
PrestoCentre Preservathon
PrestoCentre Preservathons are two-day hands-on events developed around main themes and challenges in audiovisual digitisation, preservation and long-term access, whilst also incorporating a competitive element. The first day features a hands-on workshop followed by a mini-conference on day two.
  • Turin, Italy, 25 - 26 June

Data Curation and Access for the digital humanities
This year's Digital Humanities at Oxford summer School (DHOxSS) includes a data curation strand, with input from Carole Palmer and colleagues at Illinois who collaborated with us on IDCC10 in Chicago. The summer school is for researchers, project managers, research assistants, students, and anyone interested in Digital Humanities. Delegates are introduced to a range of topics including the creation, management, analysis, modelling, and visualisation of publication of digital data in the humanities. Register now or view the promotional video if you need convincing!
  • Oxford, 14 - 18 July, registration closes soon

Visual Arts Data Skills for Researchers
The VADS4R project provides research data management (RDM) training tailored to the needs of early careers researchers and PhD students in the visual arts. The project is running a workshop this month which will provide an introduction to research data, cover principles of data curation and preservation and have a practical session on writing a data management plan. DCC’s Sarah will be giving an introduction to DMPs and will demo the DMPonline tool.
DCC elsewhere
Those of you at IFLA or the Datacite summer conference this August have the opportunity to hear from DCC speakers about our work in the UK and its relevance in other settings.


And finally...

Data management in the Arts and Humanities
An unusual abundance of Arts and Humanities related data events have been happening in the past month, with more scheduled to come over the summer.

On May 2 Jonathan Rans spoke at a workshop entitled "Scotland's National Collections and the Digital Humanities: Working with Data" in Edinburgh, supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, while Martin Donnelly spoke at the "Non-standard Archiving of Research Outputs" workshop organised by Professor Tony Kent at Nottingham Trent University on 13 May. Edinburgh Data Library's Rocio von Jungenfeld has written a nice blog post about the event.

The following day gave us Edinburgh's annual "Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas", where the focus was very much on humanities applications of data. Nicola Osborne's wonderfully comprehensive liveblog provides a great overview of the day’s events.
 
Finally, Martin was delighted to be invited to chair the University of the Arts London's Research Data Community of Practice get-together on 21 May, with presentations from UAL's Professor Steven Scrivener, who spoke about the data created in - and salvaged from - his co-design project ROCOCO, and Dr Robin Burgess of Glasgow School of Art, who gave an update on their RDM-related activities, specifically their research repository. Our thoughts are very much with GSA as they start to pick up the pieces after last week's devastating fire.
 
Pipeline takes a summer holiday
Summer is finally here and just like all the rest of us, Pipeline deserves a holiday! So we will be taking a break for July but will be back with more news and events in August.

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