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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | April 2012


NEWS



Book: Managing Research Data
The book Managing Research Data, edited by the DCC's Graham Pryor, has sold out. We are delighted to let you know that a reprint will be on sale within two weeks.

DCC website: Tools Catalogue
Over the past couple of months Elizabeth Bedford has been working with us on a consultancy basis redeveloping the DCC's Tools Catalogue. This involved reclassifying existing content, making critical comments on each tool and adding new entries. She will soon blog about it, and the new pages will go live from next week. Watch this space or stay up to date by following us on Twitter @digitalcuration, hashtag #ukdcc

DCC website: New homepage

From next week our old homepage will be replaced with the new one: a more functional, engaging and visually appealing one, we hope. To find out why we’ve made those changes and what happens next, read this blog post and tell us what you think…






EVENTS


RDMF8: Engaging with the Publishers
The eighth Research Data Management Forum (Southampton, 29-30 March) fairly buzzed with interested debate. The topic was potentially controversial but instead of confrontation generated a fresh and lively exchange between the publishing and research communities. This was the first time we had enjoyed contributions from those who are developing the data publishing business and proved to be a most welcome opportunity to learn how their new business models are developing. Delegates also used this exchange to clarify the expectations of researchers, as well as to identify measures essential to working in partnership from early in the research lifecycle. Presentations and notes from the event are now available online.

Future Perfect conference
Sarah Jones and Martin Donnelly spoke at the Future Perfect digital preservation conference in March. See their slides on moving from policy to practice with DMP Online and blog post reflecting on the event.

UKSG annual conference
DCC's Director Kevin Ashley spoke about library roles in research data management to over 400 librarians from the UK and elsewhere at the UKSG annual conference in Glasgow last month. He was pleased to get positive feedback from universities where the DCC is already conducting institutional engagements, and interest from others. Videos of all the plenary sessions are now online.

RLUK RDM discussion day
On 16 April the DCC facilitated a joint workshop with RLUK in London to set the agenda for RLUK's Research Data Management working group. Many actions were generated, not all of which may be taken forward, and included identification and sharing of good practice in RLUK member institutions, collaboration at multiple levels between RLUK and ARMA, advisory services on research data licencing and working with information schools to offer placements. More news coming soon on how DCC and RLUK will take these actions further.


CONVERSATIONS


JISC workshop on Developing Institutional Research Data Management Policies
Joy Davidson, Martin Donnelly, Monica Duke, Sarah Jones and Angus Whyte attended this workshop organised in March by JISC and the ROADMap project. They helped to plan and facilitate the sessions, take notes and report back. The workshop was attended by over forty HE institutions several of whom are either involved in JISC MRD projects or are part of the DCC Institutional Engagements programme. You can read more about the outcomes in the blog posts by Angus Whyte, Laura Molloy and Monica Duke.

Reaching out to the Antipodes
Sarah and Martin took part in a data management seminar hosted by Statistics New Zealand after the Future Perfect conference. The event was a great opportunity to discuss practical approaches to managing data and how each group has overcome different challenges. A big thank you to Sally Vermaaten and colleagues for arranging this. They then flew to Oz to visit the ANDS teams in Canberra and Melbourne and the eResearch and RDM teams at Monash University. They discussed current activities to see what lessons can be learned from each others' approaches and to uncover potential areas for collaboration. There were lots of useful outcomes that are now being followed up on - see Sarah's blog post for details of the discussions. Thanks to all for such great hospitality and the openness to share.

       From left: Adrian Burton, Stuart Hungerford, Karen Visser from ANDS, Sarah Jones, Martin Donnelly from DCC


COMING UP


DCC Roadshows: Last events
DCC roadshows give you an opportunity to find out more about services, tools and training we offer, and to hear from speakers local to you how they tackled institutional research data management. Our most recent roadshow in Northwest England took place in Salford on 20-21 March. In the words of Pablo de Castro who blogged about it "debates ... were very much enriched by the mixture of institutional profiles attending" - another benefit of attending these events. The tour of the UK's regions is now nearing its end, and the roadshows below are amongst the last few that we're planning to run at present. If you or your colleagues haven't already attended one, plan to do so soon! 
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