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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2013

What we learned this month

DCC roadshows
We ran thirteen regional roadshows in the UK between November 2010 and December 2012 attracting 452 participants from 124 institutions, including international organisations. The roadshows were an efficient and cost-effective mechanism for delivering awareness of good practice in research data management throughout the UK. For data management practitioners, the events were a useful platform for knowledge exchange and networking. For researchers, they were a good introduction to why research data management is needed and how it can be implemented. The roadshow programme itself is not being renewed but feedback from participants has been used in the development of a fresh task-based approach for the DCC’s ongoing programme of engagement with individual institutions.

CKAN for research data management
Last month DCC's Patrick McCann and Marieke Guy have attended a workshop on the use of CKAN for research data management. CKAN is a research data management system developed by the Open Knowledge Foundation. On DCC blog: "There would appear to be an appetite for using CKAN in research data management, and it is to be hoped that the requirements of researchers and research institutions will influence the future direction of the software... Read more 

Data storage
On 25 February the DCC, JISC and JANET organised a workshop to explore institutional requirements for research data storage. This event brought together support services and commercial providers to identify gaps and opportunities in the current offerings. More information on the outcomes of this event to follow soon. 

Resources of the month

School of Data 
School of Data created by the Open Knowledge Foundation is an online community of people who are passionate about using data to improve our understanding of the world. Great resource if you are trying to understand how data work. 

DataONE's database of best practices
The database provides individuals with recommendations on how to effectively work with their data through all stages of the data lifecycle. Users can access best practices within the database by either clicking on a stage of the lifecycle, selecting keywords (under advanced search) or using free search. 

Future events

RDMF Special Event: Funding Research Data Management 
The DCC is soon hosting a one-day workshop aimed at dispelling the myths and uncertainties that surround the use of research grant funding for running data management services. Six of the seven research councils have agreed to take part, together with the Wellcome Trust, and we are expecting some lively and illuminating discussion. 
Archiving 2013 Conference
The DCC and the Smithsonian Institution will be joining forces in April for a pre-Conference workshop at Archiving 2013 conference, which will explore the drivers and requirements for data management planning in the cultural heritage/memory sector, with a view to positioning technical provision and infrastructure to meet these needs. 
Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (RDAP13)
RDAP13 is a two day summit featuring expert panel presentations, an interactive poster session, and lightning talks. Themes include Institutional Repositories, Data Citation and altmetrics, Data Infrastructure, Linked Data and Metadata, and Data Use and Reuse. The DCC's Martin Donnelly will be giving a lightning talk on the topic of developing institutional research data management capabilities. Registration is now open. 
And finally...

Enabling the citation of datasets generated through public health research 
Last year, the DCC was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust on behalf of the Public Health Research Data Forum, to investigate the challenges and opportunities for publishing and citing datasets produced by epidemiological research. The project report is now available online.

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