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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | June 2015

What we learned this month

UK Institutional RDM Survey
Last month we launched the second annual DCC online survey on the UK Higher Education sector’s progress in developing RDM services. This year we are particularly keen to get a consolidated response from institutional Research Offices and some have already provided responses with input from both Library and IT colleagues. The survey closes on 19 June and we aim to share the highlights with participants by the end of the month, with publication later in the year.

DMPonline: a new release and plans for an API
We pushed out a new release of DMPonline this month. This adds a comment feature to assist users when they’re collaborating, improves the overall workflow and guidance for signing in with institutional credentials and proposes approaches for internationalisation. Sarah has also given a webinar on the new features and our roadmap for 2015. To check out what’s planned, see the video and slides.

We are also beginning some work on an API for DMPonline, supported by Jisc. We are currently scoping requirements and have planned a user group session for 30 June in London. We’ll be collaborating with the DMAOnline group to test the API in the context of usage stats. To hear more about the work of the DMAOnline project and others funded under Jisc’s Research Data Spring, check out their workshop on 22nd June in Lancaster.

Training librarians for RDM
Sarah Jones along with Mariëtte van Selm from the University of Amsterdam have had an article published in the ALISS Quarterly this month on their “Training librarians for RDM” workshop at this year's IDCC. The event looked at various training courses for librarians and considered what topics need to be covered to re-skill for RDM. We also discussed the best format for courses and ran an exercise to help others decide where to get started. Check out the storify with slides.

RDM continues to be a hot topic for librarians. Under the auspices of the FOSTER project, the DCC is involved in running a workshop at the LIBER conference this month, which has been heavily oversubscribed. The first day of the workshop will look at RDM policies and emerging support services. Day two will focus on training and data management planning, looking specifically at how institutions are supporting them.

DCC collaboration on the Data Curation Profiles
Sarah and Angus will be heading to West Lafayette this month to collaborate with colleagues at Purdue University. The work we’ve done on the Data Asset Framework (DAF) tool aligns with Purdue’s Data Curation Profile tool, so we’re sharing our experiences to help inform the future development of both.

Using funding from IMLS, the DCP team is arranging a workshop at Purdue on "Connecting Researchers to Repositories". The high level goals of the workshop are to firstly look at the barriers researchers face in moving from actively developing/using their data to curating it and secondly, to explore how information professionals might work to reduce or eliminate these barriers. Discussions at the workshop will help compile information for a white paper on “bridging the gap” between active management of data to dissemination and preservation of it. These ideas will help inform the next iteration of the DCP, and DCC's work with DAF.

Resource of the month

New ANDS report
The Australian National Data Service commissioned the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies to estimate the value of the data created during the research process, along with an estimate of the benefits of curating and openly sharing public research data. The report has now been published by economists John Houghton and Nicholas Gruen, who estimate the value of data in Australia's public research to be at least $1.9 billion and possibly up to $6 billion a year at current levels of expenditure and activity. The full report can be found online.

Future events

Research Data Management – solutions for your needs
This workshop will introduce four of Jisc's 'Research Data Spring' projects in the fields of digital preservation, research data administration analytics, long term data archiving and the easy identification of research infrastructures in institutions. Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use workshop
This 5-day workshop is offered as part of the ICPSR Summer Program and is for individuals interested, or actively engaged in, the curation and management of research data for sharing and reuse. Repository Fringe 2015
Registration is now open and places are filling up fast, so make sure you register early. Islandora Conference
The Islandora community is coming together for their first ever full Islandora Conference to discuss where they have been and where they are going. The 19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing
EIpub brings together academics, publishers, lecturers, librarians, developers, entrepreneurs, users and all other stakeholders interested in issues regarding electronic publishing in widely differing contexts. DCC's Monica Duke will also be presenting a paper on "Lay summaries for research articles: a citizen science approach to bridge the gap in access." The Third International Workshop on Digital Scientific Communication
This year’s edition will also include a special focus on the “publishing of scientific experiments”, i.e., any scientific products intended to convey and describe the scientific process in such a way it can be “repeated” by others. Deadline for research paper submissions is 5 July.
And finally...

DCC Edinburgh move into a new home
DCC staff based at the University of Edinburgh have been busy moving offices over the last week. We've said goodbye to the enviable views over Edinburgh from the Appleton Tower and are now settling into new offices in the prestigious Old College building. After some amount of disruption last week, we are all now hard at work again from our new home!

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