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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | February 2015

What we learned this month

IDCC15 - please give your feedback
Many of you will have attended our annual International Digital Curation Conference last week in London - we would like to solicit your feedback on the event to help us improve the programme content and logistics for next year's conference. The location of IDCC16 is still to be finalised but make sure you check out all the slides, photos, videos, blogs and our Storify page from London online, and if you have published a blog from IDCC15, please let us know so that we can add it to the website. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Where are they now?
Our regular series of "Where are they now?" articles looks back at the progress made by institutions that have received tailored support from the DCC. We have two new articles this month, from the University of Northampton & Loughborough University.

Sarah and Marieke ran a number of training courses for researchers and support staff at Northampton - since the engagement a Research Data Working group has been created to continue with the implementation of the RDM policy and roadmap. The group has reviewed the research data policy and roadmap, created a brand new set of RDM guidelines and drafted guidance for a new revision of DMPonline. You can read more in an update from Miggie Pickton.

Meanwhile Dave Temple has written a blog to update us on Loughborough’s progress in creating an RDM Working Group and RDM Project Management Board, as well as its daring decision to become the first UK customer of the research data management platform from Figshare, Arkivum and Symplectic.

RDM readiness is a hot topic
Just after IDCC we ran an event with Jisc about RDM readiness and compliance with the EPSRC policy. Over 90 people attended, representing over 65 different organisations (mostly  UK HEIs) including several we've only seen so far at our roadshows. It's great to see that such a broad range of universities are engaging with research data management. We'll be blogging about discussions from the day and will put all the slides online. In addition, our very own Kevin Ashley features in an interview between ULCC, the DCC and Arkivum on the EPSRC guidelines and how to meet them in the February issue of University Business magazine (pages 23 - 24).

Sowing the seeds of open science
Martin and Sarah were in Goettingen in late January for the FOSTER project meeting. FOSTER aims to facilitate open science via training, specifically to help early career researchers and to raise awareness of the European Commission's policies under Horizon 2020. There are a number of training courses coming up this year which several members of DCC staff will be speaking at. We'll also be busy creating e-learning resources on a variety of open science topics. Check out the website for more details.

Policy recommendations on open data
Whilst the FOSTER meeting was kicking off, a related EU project was coming to a close with a conference in Athens. Our director, Kevin Ashley, was present at the RECODE conference to speak about the overlaps between public sector information sharing and research data sharing, also taking part in the final panel session on grand challenges. The presentations and videos are now linked from the conference programme. RECODE also used the event to launch their policy recommendations on open access to research data, which the DCC's Angus Whyte recently summarised in a blog post.

Resource of the month

Sowing the seed: incentives and motivations for sharing research data, a researcher's perspective
Commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange, this qualitative study has gathered evidence, examples and opinions on current and future incentives for research data sharing from a researcher perspective, with the aim of providing recommendations for policy and practice development on how best to incentivise data access and re-use. Download the PDF.

Future events

RDA Fifth Plenary Meeting
It's not too late to register for the RDA 5th plenary meeting! These meetings are the best way to understand what the RDA does and to get involved in one or more of its many working and interest groups - or to canvass support for starting another one. You also get to see some inspiring & informative presentations from the keynotes (many of whom we've featured at past IDCC events, so we know they're good!) The DCC is involved in working or interest groups that include metadata directories, data skills & education, certification, legal interoperability and research data in libraries. We would welcome your help with, and input to, all of these and more. Jisc Digital Festival 2015
Brings together individuals from across the UK education and research fields to consider the key issues at the heart of digital education and research. The full programme is now online. 2015 VIVO implementation Fest (i-Fest)
Hosted this year by the Oregon Health and Science University Library and with optional working contributions sessions on 18 March. COAR-SPARC Conference 2015
The event aims to address some of the important challenges facing libraries during this period of rapid change.
  • Porto, Portugal, 15 - 16 April
The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2015 will be taking place in Minneapolis over three days this April. The Call for interactive posters and lightning talks closes this week. First ever Islandora Conference
The theme for the conference is Community:  the Islandora community, the community of people our institutions serve, the community of researchers and librarians and developers who work together to curate digital assets, and the community of open source projects that work together and in parallel. Registration is open now with special rates available for early birds and groups of institutions.
And finally...

Research Data Spring successful ideas
The first round of the selection process from this Jisc initiative has narrowed down the 70 submitted ideas to 44 which were invited to a workshop held at IDCC, and are included in a further workshop later in February to develop the ideas and secure funding. Further information is available on the Jisc Research Data Management blog.

Laura attended the FORCE2015 research communication and e-scholarship conference last month – a project which continues to build the community which gathered around the 2011 FORCE11 Manifesto which has done much to present a coherent international vision for the future of research communication. This year's meeting again involved a mixture of researchers, publishers, librarians and research funders in a relentless and sometimes raucous mixture of panel sessions, presentations and workshops. Attracting over 200 delegates, the outcomes from the meeting - including Twitter statistics, videos, a number of blogposts and session abstracts - are all available online.

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