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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | January 2016

What we learned this month

IDCC16 - keynotes announced and programme now available
The programme for IDCC16 which will take place in Amsterdam next month has now been released and is available online. We're delighted to welcome keynote speakers Barend Mons, Professor of BioSemantics and founder of the BioSemantics group at Leiden University Medical School (LUMC) and Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. You can find out more about our keynotes and other IDCC16 speakers here.

Registration for the main conference and for the programme of workshops which will run on 22 and 25 February are open now.

A busy January for DCC Training
January is proving to be a packed month for the DCC training staff. Already this month we have delivered training events at Teesside University, SDU Odense in Denmark and The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) - a private​​ research centre located in the heart of the Italian Alps. Next week we'll be at Northumbria University as well as running an open workshop on Research Data Management in Birmingham. If you're interested in organising private training for your organisation you can find more information on our website or check out our upcoming events.

DCC at Research Data Spring sandpit
In mid-December Joy and Angus took part in the Jisc Research Data Spring sandpit workshop in Warwick which brought together the 12 projects funded by Jisc following the last sandpit event in July. The event provided an opportunity for those projects to share progress updates and pitch for continued funding through the final phase. Further details of the workshop and pitches can be found online.

Joy pitched on behalf of 'Extending Organisational Profile Document (OPD) to cover RDM' - the project DCC shares with University of Southampton - while Angus took part in and blogged on a session about creative aspects of research processes in the Arts and Sciences organised by the CREAM project (Collaboration for Research Enhancement by Active Metadata).

DCC Director on open research
On 1 December, Kevin spoke at a Vitae workshop on supporting open researchers. As well as highlighting training material available from the FOSTER project, he spoke about why open research is a positive thing for universities and how university services can support researchers in being open.

UK Research Data Forum
Late 2015 saw our Director, Kevin Ashley, at the latest meeting of the UK Research Data Forum. Highlights included a report from the chair on feedback received on the UK's Draft Concordat on Open Research Data. Though broadly positive, there were some surprises. We'll be writing about this in more detail soon. The forum is also about to acquire its own web presence which should help with its plans for better engagement with a wider community between meetings.

Resource of the month

Data Management for Researchers
'Data Management for Researchers' is a recently-published book by Kristin Briney that's aimed at scientific researchers "... who need to learn how to organize, document and take care of their own data."

It's based on her long-running blog, 'Data Ab Initio'.

 Future events
11th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC16) Advanced DMPonline
This workshop will help institutions to customise the tool for local use. You can also find out more about the roadmap in place for DMPonline. Knowledge Exchange workshop on RDM Training and Skills
Joy will be presenting at this workshop which aims to share successful approaches to research data management training and capacity building provided within institutions and by infrastructure providers in the five Knowledge Exchange Partner countries.
  • 9 - 10 February 2016, London
ARMA Good Practice Exchange: Data Management
Martin will be presenting at this ARMA event on 10 February. This non-technical workshop is designed to offer guidance in areas affected by new research data management requirements and to explore existing tools and ideas in more detail from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Integrating data management planning into pre, in and post award phases
Joy will be running this ARMA webinar on data management planning which aims to introduce participants from the research office to data management planning at the pre-award, in-award and post-award phases. The session will also consider some of the signposting and general advice that research office staff may need to provide to researchers. RDA Seventh Plenary Meeting
The next Plenary will take the theme "Making data sharing work in the era of Open Science". IASSIST 2016
It's too late to submit a session proposal, but mark the date in your diary for event that will have three tracks, on research data management, data services and data developers and tools.
And finally...

RDMF - updates
Just before the Christmas break, Martin published a blog post summarising the discussions arising from the systems integration breakout session at our last RDMF on Research Data and Systems. The next Research Data Management Forum will take the theme "Funding and Business Cases" and will be happening in London during April 2016.

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