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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | September 2015

What we learned this month

RDMF14 - save the date!
The 14th Research Data Management Forum meeting will be held in York on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 November 2015. Following unprecedented interest last year, the event will reprise last November's theme of “Research Data and Systems”. The event will feature the usual mix of plenary sessions and breakout groups, but what's new for RDMF14 is that we're inviting volunteers to give presentations and to suggest breakout group topics themselves. So if you have an interesting (research data-related) story to tell about your institutional systems set-up, or a thorny problem that you feel the RDMF community might be able to make some collective headway with, please email Watch the usual spaces for registration details and the outline agenda, which will be available soon.

IDCC15 - paper submission deadlines approaching
There are just four weeks remaining until the submission deadline for both research and practice paper abstracts on the theme 'Visible data, invisible infrastructure' for this year's conference which will return to Amsterdam. The deadline is 19 October, while data papers and workshop proposals can be submitted up until 2 November. See the Call for Papers for more information about submissions and key dates.

Dealing with data at Edinburgh
Getting engagement with researchers about research data curation at institutional level is a common challenge. A number of universities have held internal conferences as one way of solving this. Edinburgh held the second of its "Dealing with data" conferences at the end of August. We heard about data capture, cleaning, curation, reuse and exploitation from a variety of perspectives both expected (Informatics) and unexpected (Edinburgh Council.) It's a simple approach that we would encourage other universities to follow - the DCC would be happy to assist.


Resources of the month

Open Science in Poland - a different perspective
Many tend to view open access to research data and publications as something that is primarily driven top-down, through policies from funders and institutions. There are many countries where this is not the case, however, and it's valuable to gain an understanding of how researcher behaviours influence, and are influenced by, policy in different settings. The report "Open Science in Poland: A diagnosis" provides a thorough analysis of these issues in Poland in 2014.

Future events

International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC16) 
IDCC returns to Amsterdam in February 2016. As a result of your feedback, we are returning to our usual schedule of workshops either side of the main conference on Monday 22 February and Thursday 25 February 2015. 
Research Data Alliance webinar
If you would like to know more about what the Research Data Alliance (RDA) has been producing, this webinar is for you. The RDA is a home for many working groups tackling global issues in research data reuse, each of which is tasked with producing concrete outputs in no more than 18 months. Some outputs are then formally adopted and promoted by the RDA. The initial outputs are primarily foundational infrastructure things like data types and identifiers that will support later work, but also include machine actionable rules for data management and preservation systems. The webinar is on Wednesday September 16th from 1400-1500 UTC (3pm-4pm UK time; 4pm - 5pm Central European time.)
  • 16 September - 1400-1500 UTC (3pm - 4pm UK time; 4pm - 5pm Central European time). Register now

Research Data Alliance Sixth Plenary Meeting
View the full programme online.
  • 23 - 25 September, Paris

4th International LSDMA Symposium: The Challenge of Big Data in Science
At this symposium, organised by the cross-program initiative Large Scale Data Management and Analysis (LSDMA) of the German Helmholtz Alliance, international experts address several aspects of Big Data. The opening keynote will be given by Jarek Nabrzyski, Director of Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Erhard Hinrichs, Project Coordinator of CLARIN-D, will be the closing keynote.
CASRAI Reconnect 2015
An opportunity for research management experts to share, network and learn with others who are tackling the same issues.
iPRES 2015
Held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, this event brings together key theorists, researchers and practitioners to explore the latest trends, innovations, policies and practices in digital preservation.
Effectively Utilising Higher Education Data
This forum provides delegates with an opportunity to gain practical insights into how to effectively use and analyse data to drive forward improvements and develop an integrated approach to data sharing.
Open Access to Research Data
This Westminster Briefing event aims to help delegates understand potential future changes to requirements for open access to research data and examine the impact on institutions.
And finally...

Sarah and Joy were in Pretoria, South Africa, last month delivering a joint workshop on RDM with the Network of Data & Information Curation Communities (NeDICC). The workshop attracted over 60 participants from across Africa and provided an introduction to key issues, as well as sharing examples of support available in both the UK and South Africa. Following the workshop, a roundtable discussion was held with NeDICC members to share practical examples of activity in both countries and to identify areas for future collaboration between our two countries. Special thanks to Martie Van Deventer and Adèle van der Merwe from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Heila Pienaar from the University of Pretoria for supporting the DCC's participation in these discussions.
Following the workshops in Pretoria, Joy and Sarah travelled to Cape Town to help deliver the ARL standing committee pre IFLA workshop on RDM. The workshop was delivered jointly with our colleagues Michelle Kahn and Richard Higgs at the Libraries and Information Studies Centre (LISC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). We're grateful to Jaya and Reggie Raju and Gwenda Thomas at UCT for their ongoing support and cooperation. It was lovely to see all of our South African colleagues (and friends!) and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.

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