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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | April 2011


DMP Online: new and improved
After a visual overhaul and lots of behind-the-scenes improvements, we have relaunched DMP Online. The tool now offers new functions such as snapshotting a plan to create multiple versions, and the ability to export plans in CSV format. We also released the latest version of the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan, which underpins the tool.

JISC Incremental project prepares to wrap up
After almost two years the JISC Incremental project is coming to an end. The project analysed the needs of researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Glasgow, from which they created simple and engaging data management guidance, training materials and videos, which are now openly available for reuse under Creative Commons licence. The aim is for the outputs to be widely implemented and disseminated via the work of the Digital Curation Centre, Digital Preservation Coalition, and JISC. For access to resources please visit the Cambridge and Glasgow websites.

Two New Projects
The Digital Preservation Benefit Analysis Tools project  is funded by the JISC and aims to test, review and promote combined use of the Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) Benefits Taxonomy and the I2S2 Value Chain Analysis tools for assessing the benefits and impact of digital preservation of research data. A dissemination event to mark the conclusion of the project will be held in central London on 12 July 2011. The SageCite project  which is an associated project of the DCC is collaborating with this new initiative to test the tools and provide feedback.

Patients Participate! is a JISC-funded project that will investigate the potential of crowdsourced “lay summaries” to enable the citizen-patient to better understand research. Whilst many medical research charities provide lay summaries, evidence suggests that academics struggle to describe their work in a way that is accessible to all. The study will run a community consultation Citizen-Patient Workshop, assess usability of existing citizen science platforms and develop three Citizen-Patient Use Cases. The project will also produce Advocacy Guidance for academics (via DCC) and for citizens (via BL and AMRC).


Making a start with digital preservation
At the Getting Started in Digital Preservation event organised jointly by the British Library and the Digital Preservation Coalition on 28 February, Sarah gave a presentation on introduction to digital preservation, to help museum, library and archive staff get started in digital preservation.

DCC Roadshow in Sheffield
Our second Data Management Roadshow took place in Sheffield earlier this month and was a great success. Thanks to Marion and the team for helping to co-ordinate everything! All presentations are now available on our website. Please note that registration for our next DCC Roadshow, this time in Glasgow from 22 to 24 June, will open shortly.

DCC at JISC Conference
The DCC stand was as popular as ever at the JISC Conference on 14 and 15 March. There were several contributions to the programme from our associated projects too - Manjula spoke about the benefits of effective research data management based on I2S2 work and Sarah gave a demo of the Incremental project outputs.

Software Preservation
Kevin attended and spoke at two meetings organised by the Software Sustainability Institute in recent weeks. February's London workshop focussed exclusively on software preservation, which remained a strong theme in March's Collaboration Workshop in Edinburgh. The curation and preservation of data and software are often co-dependent - sometimes to the detriment of both.


Visit from the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science
Chae Kyun-shik and a colleague from the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) visited the DCC following the JISC conference to learn about our role in the UK research data management.

Visit of Sam Searle to DCC at Edinburgh and Glasgow
We were pleased to be visited in Edinburgh and Glasgow by Sam Searle, Monash University's Data Management Coordinator. In Edinburgh, Martin and Sam spoke about commonalities and differences between the UK and Australian data management landscapes, and Martin gave an extended demonstration of the new DMP Online tool. In Glasgow, Sam met with Joy, Sarah and Laura to discuss data management and training, specifically the DaMSSI initiative to support the JISC RDMTrain projects.

Contributor IDs for data citation
The SageCite project  has been exploring the use of contributor IDs for data citation, by holding discussions with some of the representatives of ORCID in the UK, in particular with Gudmunder Thorisson who has a particular interest in the area of data citation. In preparation for an ORCID service becoming available for testing, we are working jointly to describe some scenarios to suggest how data workflow services like Taverna and MyExperiment, which have been used in SageCite to capture data processes, can interact with global services like ORCID to manage contributor IDs.


Research Data Management Forum
Register now for the sixth meeting of the Research Data Management Forum, which will be held at the University of Leicester on 5-6 May. We've got a great programme of speakers discussing Data Management Planning from a funder, researcher and support staff perspective.

IDCC - call for papers
The call for papers for our annual International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC11) taking place at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on 5-7 December, is in the final stages of preparation. Save the date - and the time to prepare your abstract or paper - now.

Universities Modernisation Fund
Additional funding we've received via the UMF allows us to increase our programme of regional roadshows and to develop more comprehensive follow-ups for those institutions in attendance, including health checks in order to assist institutions develop their data management strategies. We plan to cover all regions of the UK over the next 2 years, and all institutions as a result. If you'd like to be involved please get in touch

Feedback on the DCC website
Magdalena and Adrian Richardson, our new Software Developer, are looking to improve functionality of the DCC website. We would be very grateful for your comments and feedback!

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