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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | November 2013

What we learned this month

New publication from Facet Publishing: Delivering Research Data Management Services
On 20 December Facet will be publishing Delivering Research Data Management Services: Fundamentals of good practice edited by DCC’s Sarah Jones, Angus Whyte and former DCC Associate Director, Graham Pryor. The book offers step-by-step guidance to setting up and running effective institutional research data management services to support researchers and networks, with case studies from the emerging service infrastructures in the UK, USA and Australia.

NEW! DCC case studies
We have just released two new case studies which have a data repository focus. Improving Research Visibility – Getting Data on the Institutional Repository RADAR, written by DCC’s Angus Whyte, is about Oxford Brookes University's use of the Equella platform. The second case study by DCC’s Monica Duke focusses on the Hydra platform which the University of Hull has helped to shape and will be online very shortly.

New report: Seizing the data opportunity
The UK Government has recently published a new report Seizing the data opportunity, which outlines the government’s strategy for UK data capability. The report highlights the need to increase training in data analytics and data science, and announces what promises to be a landmark event next year - an Open Science Data Forum hosted by the Royal Society.

Choosing the right repository platform
In October, DuraSpace hosted a webinar series on Research Data in Repositories, covering issues of interest to a wider group than just users of its DSpace platform. This follows a recent webinar by Mark Leggat about the Fedora/Islandora platform. If you are considering a repository platform for your institution, this blog post Choosing CKAN for managing research data is also worth checking out.

DMPonline tool at EUDAT conference
DCC’s Sarah Jones gave a presentation on data management planning and the DMPonline tool at the EUDAT (European Data Infrastructure) conference in Rome. With research data increasingly born digital, and greater emphasis being placed on open access to data, effective data management planning has never been more vital. We also learnt that EUDAT partners are interested in trialing DMPonline in the last year of the project, while other groups are also keen on using the tool in a European context. See Sarah's presentation and try the new beta version of DMPonline.

Resource of the month

Northern Lights

Ancient Thai temple mural
New book on Research Data Management
A new collection from Purdue University Press, Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals is now available for purchase. It includes a chapter on Metrics for Research Data Management written by DCC's Angus Whyte and Laura Molloy, with co-authors Neil Beagrie and John Houghton Joyce. A closing chapter by Clifford Lynch gives an excellent overview of challenges in the RDM field.

Future events

9th International Digital Curation Conference: Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data driven transformations in research, education, business & society
Registration for our annual conference is now open and the draft programme is also available on our website. More information about the conference will be added as we go along, so keep checking the website and the #IDCC14 hashtag for more information. We hope to see you in San Francisco!
Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II
This event aims to engage stakeholders in facilitated discussions and action sessions, and to produce a set of concrete outcomes for the extended digital preservation community in three areas: Community Alignment, Resource Alignment, and Capacity Alignment.
And finally...

RDMF: Future Shape
We’re seeking your thoughts on our long-running Research Data Management Forum series of events. We’ve set up a short (5 questions) survey covering the format, frequency, topics and venues of future RDMF meetings. If you’ve been to the RDMF in the past, or even followed the conversation from a distance via Twitter, we’d love to get your input.

RDA Metadata Standards Directory
We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the RDA Metadata Standards Directory survey enabling us to enhance our catalogue of disciplinary metadata standards. While that survey is now closed, you are welcome to contact us at any time to suggest standards, profiles, tools and repositories we should include.

RDA Secretary General recruitment
The Research Data Alliance is seeking applications for its first Secretary General. The search is global, the criteria are demanding, but this will be a stimulating job for the right candidate who will lead the RDA during its formative years. Further details are on the RDA website and applications close on 25 November.

DCC’s collaboration with universities in South Africa
We are continuing our collaboration with universities in South Africa after our LIASA webinar earlier this year. Recently, DCC’s Joy Davidson gave a lecture on research data management on research data management as part of the University of Cape Town course in digital curation. Also on 15 November DCC’s Sarah Jones will be giving an online presentation entitled New and innovative services which broaden libraries’ borders: Research data management services at the Stellenbosch University 2013 Annual Library Symposium.

RDM in the Netherlands
DCC’s Laura Molloy spoke at the ExLibris event, Excellence in Academic Knowledge Management in Utrecht on 29 October 2013. The event provided an opportunity for delegates from the Vrije University of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, and other Netherlands-based research institutions to discuss their current and planned RDM activity, and to benefit from lessons already learned by the Jisc Managing Research Data programme and the Digital Curation Centre. The events and outcomes of the Stapel investigation have contributed to a high level of interest and activity in RDM in the Netherlands. Laura provided links to various openly available DCC resources, such as the DMP Online tool, and DCC publication How to Develop Research Data Management Services. Her presentation, Supporting Research Data Management in UK Universities: the Jisc Managing Research Data programme and university libraries is now available.

Preserving CAD
DCC’s Alex Ball has been talking to representatives of the architecture community about the challenges of preserving CAD (Computer-Aided Design) at events organised by RIBA and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the DEDICATE Project and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. A key issue within architecture is the interest of third party researchers in the creative process, evidence of which is increasingly locked up in fragile digital models. Alex's slides from the first two events will be available shortly.

Eprints and research data
On 15 October DCC’s Angus Whyte attended the EPrints and Research Data workshop at the University of Leeds where participants discussed how EPrints was being used to manage research data. A summary from the event is available at the University of Leeds’ blog.
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