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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | December 2013

What we learned this month

DMPonline Version 4.0 launch
We've been working hard on revising DMPonline and are pleased to launch a new version! We’d love you to check it out and let us know what you think. We’re now asking questions from funders and universities directly, using a set of themes to pull out relevant guidance to present to users. Thanks to all who provided feedback on the tool and helped us in revising our approach.

UK HEI survey results
A blog post from Loughborough University shares some interesting results from their recent DCC-promoted survey of UK Higher Education Institutions on the RDM landscape and indicates that institutions funded under the JISCMRD programme tend to have progressed further in defining RDM policy and services in comparison with their unfunded counterparts. We’re pleased to learn that there was a similarly strong showing for institutions supported by DCC and, although it’s early days for making confident generalisations about the link between Jisc support and sustainable RDM services, we’ll be working with Loughborough to describe other such 'ripple effects' in a forthcoming write-up of their survey, as well as launching a further survey ourselves to chart the UK Higher Education sector's progress to develop RDM services.

9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
Less than 12 weeks to go until IDCC14 in San Francisco and the final programme is almost in place. Out of a really interesting set of submitted papers, 35 will be included in the programme for Day 2, with notifications being sent to authors as this issue of Pipeline was being finalised - congratulations to those who succeeded and commiserations to others. The workshop programme is now published and registration for workshops and the conference itself is now open. There will also be a dedicated slot to view demonstrations of tools and software followed by a Poster Reception where you will get a chance to vote for the best poster – with up to 60 submissions this will be an interesting task! Along with our co-hosts at the University of California Curation Centre and co-organisers at CNI, we hope to see you there.

RDMF: Future Shape
Last month we announced that we're looking for your feedback on our long-running Research Data Management Forum to help us plan future events. The short (5 questions) survey will be available up until the end of 2013 so if you haven't yet had a chance, please do drop us your thoughts if you've attended in the past or followed via Twitter.

The future of BRISSKit
DCC’s Jonathan Rans attended a meeting of the NHS-HE forum last Thursday, where Jonathan Tedds from the University of Leicester spoke about the future of the BRISSKit project. BRISSKit provides a modular software platform that connects university-based researchers with NHS patient data, facilitating cohort study design and implementation, and clinical sample management [more details]. The BRISSKit team have secured new funding from Jisc and HEFCE, and hope to offer public trial versions of some elements of the platform by June 2014, followed by a complete and commercial online cloud service by summer 2015.

Resource of the month

Excavation of ancient Egyptian royal artefact

December has been another busy month so once again we’re recommending two resources.
Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry (COPTR)
With its beta version launched as part of last month’s Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation event, COPTR aims to help practitioners find the right tools for their digital preservation needs. The tool has been developed using data contributed from the registries of its five partner organisations - The DCC, The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), The Digital Curation Exchange (DCE), The Digital POWRR Project and The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) – resulting in a registry with much wider coverage than has previously been available.
FORCE 11 Resource and Tool Catalog
This Catalog, compiled by FORCE 11 (The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) is a dynamic inventory of web based scholarly resources which enables its community to add, edit, find and rate existing resources and tools.

Future events

‘Digital Preservation: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started’
The DPC are repeating this popular event in the New Year with a day aimed at students and recent graduates in information management disciplines, as well as anyone else who’s expecting to deal with digital preservation issues for the first time.  
Citizen Cyberscience Summit
Following its success in 2010 and 2012, the Citizen Cyberscience Summit is back for a third time in 2014 offering scientists, practitioners, enthusiasts, policy makers and citizen scientists an opportunity to interact and develop prototypes for new projects over the three day event. The call for papers, panels, workshops and demonstrations is still open until 31 December.
  • London from 20 to 22 February 2014
iPRES 2014 – Call for Papers open
iPRES is the leading conference on research in digital preservation and the 2014 call for papers is now open, with contributions welcomed in the areas of Research and Innovative Practice. You can also register interest in attending now.
  • Melbourne, Australia, from 6 to 10 October 2014
And finally...

Stellenbosch Library Symposium
The DCC’s Sarah Jones gave a presentation for the Stellenbosch Library Symposium last month on how running RDM services is a new opportunity for libraries. The talk presented examples from our institutional engagement programme and slides are available.
European Research Data Infrastructures
Our Director, Kevin Ashley, has attended and contributed to two events looking at European research data infrastructures from different perspectives in the last month - the EUDAT conference in Rome at the end of October (at which DCC's Sarah Jones also gave a presentation on DMPs a an update on DMPonline) and an OpenAIRE workshop in Vilnius in early November. Videos of presentations and panels from this event are now available via OpenAIRE's video channel.
Kerry Miller leaves the DCC
The DCC said farewell to another member of staff at the end of November - Kerry Miller joined us in September 2011 to expand the direct support we were offering to UK universities as part of our Institutional Engagement programme. As well as travelling around the country helping universities developed their research data management services, Kerry has contributed to the DCC's briefing materials (such as 5 steps to research data readiness) and formed part of the team which has been redeveloping the DMPonline service. We're sorry to lose someone who began making a useful contribution from her very first days with us but suspect we'll continue to work with her, as she's joined Edinburgh University Library as their RDM Service Coordinator.
In other staff news…
Long standing Pipeline editor, Magdalena Getler, will be on maternity leave from Christmas 2013 and we wish her all the best in her new challenge!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from everyone at DCCThe year's end is a traditional time both for reflection and anticipation, of the year that has passed and the times to come. I've been doing both, thinking about the DCC and the wider world of research data.
The year began with our most successful conference ever, IDCC13, in Amsterdam. As well as hearing about digital curation work in every area of the arts, sciences and humanities, we also had an exclusive peek into a possible future of DNA data storage in the closing minutes of Ewan Birney's opening keynote. Colleagues in the Netherlands at TU Delft and DANS helped with that success, and we hope to replicate it at IDCC14 in February 2014 with assistance from UC3 @ CDL.
We wrapped up the first batch of our institutional engagements, helping UK universities plan, implement and develop research data management services by embedding our own staff in the process. As we move into a new funding regime for the DCC, that work continues. We plan to work with an additional 20 universities this year, and yours could be one of them. We have also diversified the DCC's funding base, with two FP7 projects now in train (4C and FOSTER). We have plans for further projects in the EC's Horizon 2020 programme, using experience from the UK and elsewhere to develop research data management capacity across Europe and deploying services such as DMPonline in a European context.
Changes elsewhere in 2013 bode well for the future. CODATA, one of the oldest international organisations with a cross-disciplinary interest in research data, appointed Simon Hodson as its new Executive Director in August. His experience as manager of Jisc's MRD programmes led to a close working relationship with the DCC and we are confident that this is a positive step for all involved. 2013 also saw the inaugural plenary of the Research Data Alliance which has rapidly developed an active set of working and interest groups doing practical work over short timescales. The DCC is very pleased to be able to contribute to some of these, building on our work and making it more open and sustainable.
Increasing awareness of the potential that shareable, discoverable data brings to research and to society as a whole means that the potential for improving data-driven research has never been greater. When governments, the OECD and academies such as the Royal Society agree on the message and goals, change will come about. We've seen some results already in 2013; 2014 is looking bright. In the meantime, Yuletide greetings to you all.

Kevin Ashley, DCC Director
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