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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | January 2014

What we learned this month

The DCC in Europe
On 1 February 2014, the DCC will be starting work on the new EU project, FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research). This two year project will deliver training programmes for researchers and other stakeholder groups to increase the adoption of open access principles. We'll be out in Portugal in late February for the kick-off meeting so look out for more news to come in March's Pipeline.

The DCC is also a partner in the EC-funded Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project. We're delighted that our 4C partners will be hosting a workshop entitled 'Costing Curation: are we on the right track?', at IDCC14 in San Francisco, following a workshop at CERN earlier this month, so register now.
  • San Francisco, 24 February 2014
European Commission pilot
The European Commission has launched a pilot to open up publicly funded research data which recognises research data as being as important as publications and aims to maximise access and re-use. The pilot will be monitored throughout Horizon 2020 with a view to developing future Commission policy and EU research funding programmes. The Commission has also issued a set of useful Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.

Open Access Metadata and Indicators: NISO seeks feedback
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced in the New Year that it is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice,Open Access Metadata and Indicators (NISO RP-22-201x)” which proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags. The draft is open for public comment until 4 February 2014.

RDM in Denmark
The DCC recently hosted a visit from staff of the Royal Library of Denmark who are in the early stages of identifying potential national roles and services for research data management in Denmark. We look forward to the emergence of a new European peer in this area.

DCC in print
Previewed in November’s Pipeline, the DCC is pleased to announce that its new book, Delivering Research Data Management Services, co-edited by Sarah, Angus and Graham, is now available. This 'how-to' guide includes case studies from the newly emerging service infrastructures in the UK, USA and Australia. Different approaches are highlighted and compared to draw out practical steps for others to follow when addressing RDM at an institutional level.

In November we announced the release of two new case studies which have a data repository focus. The second of these, Storing and Sharing data in an institutional repository – Hydra@Hull, written by Monica, is now available online.

Joy has also contributed a chapter on supporting early-career researchers in data management and curation to the new book Mastering Digital Librarianship, which looks at the evolving role of the librarian in supporting academic practice.

Resource of the month

Eratosthenes crater on the moon

DataONE catalogue of best practices
The DataONE project in the United States has produced numerous useful resources but this month we have chosen to specifically recommend the Best Practices database which provides individuals with recommendations on how to effectively work with their data across all stages of the data lifecycle. Users can access best practices within the database either by clicking on a stage of the lifecycle, selecting keywords (under advanced search) or using free search.

Future events

9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
With 5 weeks until our annual conference in San Francisco, registration will be closing on 14 February or sooner and there are only a small number of spaces still available on some of the scheduled workshops. You can also check out our keynote speaker interviews to get a feel for what will be up for discussion next month. We hope to see you there!  
EIFL webinar: Text and data mining: what librarians need to know
This webinar, hosted by the British Library’s Benjamin White, aims to answer questions such as what is text and data mining? Why is it vital for research? And what does it mean for librarians who support researchers and provide access to electronic content?
  • 6 February 2014 at 10:00 GMT

Jisc Digital Festival
The Jisc Digital Festival returns after a two year absence to showcase and celebrate the best in UK digital talent. The event brings together both experts and providers from the higher education, further education and skills sectors to share ideas and best practise.  
Opening science to meet future challenges: call for paper proposals
Organised by the Centre for Open Science (CeON) at the University of Warsaw, this conference aims to bring together diverse participants to enable in-depth international discussion about the key issues of open science in the perspective of upcoming global challenges. The call for paper proposals is open until 31 January 2014.
  • Warsaw, 11 March 2014

RDA Third Plenary Meeting
In partnership with Ireland, Australia hosts the 3rd Plenary which will focus on the theme, ‘The data sharing community: playing your part’ which looks to exploit the Research Data Alliance’s work to date to its fullest potential.
  • Dublin, 26 – 28 March 2014
And finally...

The Disciplinary Metadata Catalogue needs you!
Contributions are still welcome to our catalogue of disciplinary metadata standards. The Metadata Standards Directory Working Group (MSDWG) of the Research Data Alliance has re-opened its survey form asking for suggestions. If you know of a metadata standard we haven't included which should be in the catalogue, please let us know through the survey form.

Snapshot: DCC in action
DCC Director, Kevin, gave a keynote presentation at the Winter ESIP Federation Meeting in Washington DC earlier this month. Following a keynote from Aron Ahmadia on Software Carpentry provided the ideal opportunity to stress the interdependence of software and data management in ensuring research replicability and reusability.

Liz Lyon farewell
We said farewell to another long-serving member of DCC staff in December when Liz Lyon moved on to a new post in the iSchool at Pittsburgh. Liz was a founding Associate Director of the DCC and a co-author of the original proposal that saw the DCC established, as well as being Director of UKOLN at Bath throughout this time. She brought expertise and contacts in library and information sciences from colleagues at UKOLN and her own knowledge and contacts in the life sciences research domain. Much of the success of our conference, IDCC, and in particular the variety of keynote and plenary speakers, is down to Liz. We'll miss all of this and more, but hope that we find routes to collaborate with her and her colleagues at Pittsburgh in times to come.
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