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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | August 2014

What we learned this month

10th International Digital Curation Conference - Call for Papers now open!
A few months back we announced that IDCC15 will be taking place in London. The venue is now confirmed, the dates are set and the Call for Papers is now open. Our 10th conference will review our progress and aim to stimulate debate around ongoing and emerging digital curation challenges. In a change of format from recent years, IDCC15 will open with the main conference, followed by two days of workshops and other satellite events. The deadline for all research and practice paper abstracts is 13 October - please visit the website for more key dates and information. 

Institutional Engagement update - where are they now?
After a month off for summer holidays, we have a bumper edition with two RDM updates from the Universities of Hull and Edinburgh! We hear from Chris Awre about the ongoing activity at Hull: there's a real focus on raising awareness and embedding RDM within research practice here - an RDM Steering Group has recently been approved and they also have a draft policy out for comment.

Meanwhile at Edinburgh, the RDM programme is well underway with an initial roll-out of primary services completed. The next phase of work will focus on the Data Asset Registry and Data Vault services. You can read more about the RDM work at Hull and Edinburgh on the DCC blog.

IJDC, volume 9
The International Journal of Digital Curation, Volume 9, Issue 1 is now available. It contains five peer-reviewed papers and 16 general articles based on papers presented at the 9th International Digital Curation Conference in February 2014. There are also two new contributions which focus on managing disciplinary data. For a more detailed overview of the papers in this issue and for news of how the journal itself is evolving please read Alex Ball's editorial

Digital Humanities Summer School at the University of Oxford (DHOxSS)
Laura Molloy attended this year's DHOxSS which offered a series of lectures on topics of interest to the digital humanities at large. Specialist workshop tracks provided a more focused series of seminars and practical sessions, including the 'digital curation' track which was a valuable opportunity to get to grips with the digital tools, methods and approaches employed by digital humanities scholars when creating and analysing data, and managing the outputs of these processes.  Attending events like this helps us to better understand discipline-specific practices and helps us to develop new DCC resources that better support discipline-specific needs. Read more about the event in our blog.

Jisc/CNI 2014 meeting
This year saw the revival of the biannual Jisc/CNI meetings held in the UK. Over 100 delegates were in Bristol on July 10 to look at issues of opening up scholarly communication, with parallel tracks on data and publications. DCC Director, Kevin Ashley, spoke in the data track alongside Jisc's Rachel Bruce and Mackenzie Smith, a Librarian at University of California, Davis. Presentations are now online. The discussions sessions were incredibly valuable and a smaller, invitation-only workshop on July 11 allowed these to continue. A report on both events will follow shortly.

Resource of the month

Assigning Digital Object Identifiers to Research Data at the University of Bristol
Co-authored by the University of Bristol’s Stephen Gray and DCC’s Monica Duke, we have recently released the latest in our series of useful case study publications. This study takes a look at Bristol’s Research Data Service, how it has implemented the DataCite service to assign digital object identifiers (DOIs) to its research datasets and provides guidance on how to use DOIs to cite data. Available online and in print now!

Future events

RDA & co-located workshops  
The fourth plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance takes place in Amsterdam next month. There are a number of co-located events, including the RECODE workshop, EUDAT conference and Dutch Data Prize Ceremony. Further details and registration is on the RDA website.
The conference once known as "Beyond the PDF", now the Future of Research Communications & e-scholarship, holds its next event in Oxford in January 2015. The DCC's Kevin Ashley is on the programme committee who are currently digesting community input on topics and transforming that into an outline programme.
10th International Digital Curation Conference
The theme for IDCC15 is "Ten years back, ten years forward: achievements, lessons and the future of digital curation". Be sure to save the date!

And finally...

FOSTER training for project officers at the European Commission
We ran four training workshops in Brussels last month as part of the EC-funded FOSTER project. The training covered EC requirements for open access and open data, as well services that are in place to provide support, such as OpenAIRE. A full report on the training sessions is available on the DCC blog.

Training for students in EPSRC centres for doctoral training
The DCC had the opportunity to promote its training activities and resources at a recent event for directors of all EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in London. We worked alongside other national bodies with relevant expertise such as the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) and EPCC to illustrate how generic training in data and software management could be valuable to students in many disciplines. If you would like to explore what we can offer to your students, get in touch!

Repository Fringe 2014
Last month saw the biggest Repository Fringe event to date with over 140 people gathering at the University of Edinburgh for the ‘unconference’. The event provides an annual free forum for repository professionals to interact and discuss data management in parallel with the opening days of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Nicola Osborne of EDINA compiled a fantastic live blog following the two day event while all the slides are available online - photos and videos to follow soon. 

Farewell Paddy!
We say goodbye to Patrick McCann this month who leaves us to take up a post with Research Computing at the University of St Andrews. Paddy has done sterling work in his 6 years based at HATII. He's contributed to various external projects including 4C, LIFE and CASPAR, as well as playing a pivotal role in the development of the DCC's CARDIO and DMPonline tools. We're sorry to see him go, but wish him all the best in his new role. We’ll no doubt see him at future DCC and other RDM events. 

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