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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2015

What we learned this month

DMPonline news
We've been busy at work on DMPonline this month. Sarah spoke at an event in Madrid organised by Consorcio Madrono where a Spanish version of DMPonline was launched to a 250 strong crowd of researchers and support staff. We'll be collaborating with the Consortium further to bring the Spanish language version of the tool into the main DCC-hosted instance of DMPonline. This forms part of our locale-aware plans to be able to present content in different languages and amend the options presented based on a users context.

We’ve also had a number of fruitful discussions this past month, including a meeting with Mike Jackson from the Software Sustainability Institute who are installing an instance of DMPonline to provide a framework for researchers developing Software Management Plans. We're aiming to merge our stands of work and take advice from SSI on how we can transition our work into a collaborative development project.

In addition, we've been discussing with ELIXIR the potential for discipline-specific guidance in DMPonline, and with EUDAT and OpenAIRE about how best to support researchers in the Horizon 2020 Open Data Pilot as the DCC will be contributing to both projects.

More to come from DCC on RDM readiness
Last month we told you about how the DCC has been supporting a strand of work in the Jisc Research at Risk workplan on EPSRC compliance. This involved contributing to a workshop in February on RDM readiness where a number of institutions gave case studies on their work, alongside talks from Jisc, Arkivum, the British Library and the DCC. Along with the slides which are already online, we'll soon be publishing our notes from the discussion sessions. We've also been collaborating on a guide and case studies: "Steps that HEIs can take to meet the EPSRC research data policy", which should be released at Jisc DigiFest this week.

Research Data Spring workshop
Jisc's Daniela Duca has been busy this month hosting the inaugural Research Data Spring workshop which saw an impressive amount of collaboration. Over 40 ideas were represented and, following several Birds of a Feather sessions and some project planning marathons, a number decided to combine their initiatives, leaving 27 ideas to be pitched to a board of esteemed judges. Results will be out shortly, after which work will begin in 3, 4 and 6 month iterative cycles interspersed by further workshops - as seen in the RDS timeline diagram. To find out more about the programme, check out Martin Hamilton's event storify and you can also follow #dataspring on Twitter.

Third party service developments
There have been some developments of services by third parties announced in the last weeks:

ORCID, the providers of identifiers for people, have just announced a member support centre at - a one-stop shop for ORCID implementation - as part of their customer support effort. Visit their blog for more information.

A new solution for preserving institutional collections and all types of digital resources has also been announced by ArchivesDirect in an offering that combines Archivematica and DuraCloud. For those interested in linking and contextualising publications and datasets, the papers from a second workshop (held in September 2014) were published in a special edition of D-Lib magazine.

Resource of the month

New DCC publication: "5 steps to deciding what data to keep"
Published just in time for release at IDCC15, our latest checklist aims to help UK institutions and researchers appraise their research data and make informed choices about what should be kept. Hard copies of the checklist can be ordered through our online store and a PDF version is available online.

Future events

Registration is now open for RDMF13, a one-day event to be held in central London next month. The theme of the event is "Preparing Data for Deposit" - not just at the end of the research project, but throughout its lifecycle. Places are limited and filling up fast so register now! Introduction to Data Management Planning & DMPonline
Returning once again by popular demand, this half day workshop provides a fantastic introduction to both Data Management Planning and the DCC tool, DMPonline, aiming to help participants further understand funder requirements for data management and how to complete a data management plan. Registration is open now. EGI Conference 2015
On the theme "Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons", the conference includes a workshop on open licenses for data or code. Contact Chris Morris for more information. 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. ORCID-CASRAI Joint Conference
This joint conference and codefest will be hosted by the University of Barcelona - the Call for Papers closes 15 March. OR2015
An opportunity to share the latest developments across the technical community through informal sessions of presentations and demonstrations showcasing community expertise and progress. iPRES 2015 - Call for Contributions
The Call for Contributions for this year's event in North Carolina is open, with deadlines for submissions in April and May.
And finally...

Data stories blog needs your input!
In an initiative brought to you by the DCC and RDA Engagement interest group, a new data stories blog is ready to receive your stories on data management and stewardship. The site facilitates sharing of stories in any form - personal success stories, news items, images that tell a story - to build up a collection that can be used in training and advocacy activities. So please submit and share your resources using either the online form or by email

We are also looking forward to receiving your feedback on how to make the site work best for the community, including any comments on the site policy, ideas on how to add categories and other navigation features to the site and suggestions for improving the input-gathering methods. A session at the RDA Plenary in San Diego this week discussed the initiative and there will also be a poster at IASSIST in Minneapolis this June, so please get in touch with your thoughts!

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