|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | April 2016
What we learned this month
Open Science in Amsterdam
The first half of 2016 sees the Netherlands assume the presidency of the European Union, and they have taken Open Science as one of their themes. In early April over 300 guests from Europe and further afield were invited to Amsterdam for a two-day event dedicated to this topic and focused in particular on the forthcoming European Commission investment in the European Open Science Cloud. A draft call to action was presented and subsequently made available online for comment. On the second day, the DCC with colleagues from the FOSTER and LEARN projects ran World Cafes to explore requirements in training and RDM service development.
Open data the default in Europe from 2017
On 19 April the European Commission announced its intention to make open data the default for all EC-funded research from 2017 onwards. This extends the pilot currently operating in some Horizon2020 funding strands. See the announcement.
UKRDDS project update
Jisc UK Research Data Discovery Service (UKRDDS) project has proposed a new metadata schema based on Use Cases and User Requirements provided by a mixture of higher education institutions (HEIs) and specialist data centres in the UK. The project compared various institutions metadata profiles in the UK and discovered that there seems to be a lot in common between UK HEIs and data centre repository metadata profiles. The project also studied good metadata practice around the world. Analysis of the results revealed differences. Even mandatory fields aren’t always common and very few fields outside of creator, title, type and the resource identifier are considered mandatory in most schema. To find out why, see the UKRDDS project blog posts. The metadata schema will be discussed at the upcoming advisory group meetings on 25-26 April 2016. Participating institutions will soon be testing the alpha site's new metadata functionality. Universities of Bath and Nottingham have also expressed their interest in having their metadata harvested.
DCC training around the world
DCC training continues to gain in popularity both at home in the UK and internationally. In the past month we have delivered courses to researchers, professional service staff and research funders in Greenwich (UK), Riga (Latvia) and Brussels (Belgium), amongst other places. We think we've now visited all continents bar South American and Antarctica! We can also offer training in London and Edinburgh for those who can’t get critical mass at their own institution. Get in touch to find out more.
Resource of the month
PASTEUR4OA data visualisations
Policy makers increasingly bracket Open Data alongside Open Access, and the OA policy development resources from the PASTEUR4OA project are well worth a look. Their visualisations of data from ROARMAP say more than a few thousand words about the sheer variety of policies out there.
Registration for Repository Fringe 2016 is now open
We are pleased to invite you all to attend our next Repository Fringe event. This year the focus is on ‘Open Educational Resources’, ‘The Nuts and Bolts of Open’, and ‘Making a Difference with Data’. The event is jointly organised by the University of Edinburgh, Edina and DCC. Follow us on twitter @repofringe for more updates.
RDMF15: The Compliance of Science? Data Policies, Expectations and Concordat
This DCC event will look not only at the delicate balance between compliance and cooperation, but also at the wider benefits to universities and researchers of a pro-active approach to data stewardship. Draft agenda is now available and only a few places remaining.
Developing Research Data Management Services
This DCC event is aimed at librarians, researchers, administrators and technology support professionals who need to develop and advance their organisation’s support for research data management. Limited places remaining.
The DCC course will explain how the DMPonline tool for Data Management Planning can be customised by institutions.
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