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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2016

What we learned this month

RDMF15: Registration is now open
The 15th Research Data Management Forum will take place on 27 April 2016 in London on the theme of 'The compliance of science? Data policies, expectations and concordat'. Confirmed speakers include representatives from HEFCE, Cancer Research UK, The Wellcome Trust, the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham, and the University College London. View programme online and register now as this event usually books up quickly.
New MOOC on Research Data Management and Sharing
Good practice in data management underpins data-driven research. EDINA at the University of Edinburgh and the CRADLE project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have teamed up to deliver a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for researchers and support staff on the topic of research data management and data sharing. This is an ‘on-demand’ style MOOC with a rolling registration period, to allow learners to proceed through the material at the same time over a five-week period. DCC’s Sarah Jones delivers Working with Data module alongside Dr. Helen Tibbo from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information and to enroll please go to the website.
Responsible Research & Innovation Toolkit
Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) is a concept developed at Horizon2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation 2014-2020. It is a way of fostering and facilitating more inclusive R&I. The RRI Toolkit contains a wealth of online resources from all over Europe to help stakeholders, such as researchers, policy makers, business and industry, educators and civil society organisations across the continent to put RRI principles into practice. You can search the toolkit for resources on open access, gender equality, ethics, science education, governance and public engagement.
Research Data Alliance
At the beginning of March, the Research Data Alliance held its 7th Plenary Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. Many of the working groups have by now produced outputs for adoption by researchers and those who support them. Amongst these are:
  • Wheat Data Interoperability group, a truly global initiative linking national and international research activity in an area crucial to food security,
  • Metadata Standards Directory working group who built on and extended the work begun by the DCC with the Disciplinary Metadata Standards Catalogue,
  • Dynamic Data Citation working group who created a mechanism to allow citation of frequently-changing data resources,
  • and the DSA/WDS repository audit and certification working group who merged two mechanisms for recognition of good practice in data stewardship.
The DCC have also worked with the RDA/WDS Publishing Data Workflows working group, which produced a draft reference model for data publishing and DCC's Angus Whyte wrote an item about this work on the Edinburgh Research Data Blog. You can comment on these and other outputs on the RDA website. More news about the RDA and how you could get involved, in future issues of Pipeline and on the DCC blog.

Resource of the month

BOOK: Practical Tips for Facilitating Research
This book should be helpful for anyone interested in how librarians can effectively connect with and support the research process.  

Future events
New DCC Workshop: Developing Research Data Management Services
We are holding a new training event aimed at librarians, administrators and technology support professionals who want to advance their organisation’s support for research data management. During this event, participants will acquire practical knowledge and resources needed to implement/develop an RDM service. The tutorial offers an opportunity to share experiences of making RDM service delivery work in various national and institutional contexts. A draft agenda is available and the registration is open. 
Advanced DMPonline: How to customise the tool for your institution
This DCC course will explain how the DMPonline tool for data management planning can be customised by institutions.
Save the Date: Repository Fringe 2016
This year the event will take place in August at a state-of-the-art conference venue in Edinburgh, the John McIntyre Conference Centre. Follow us on twitter @repofringe for more updates. 
  • 1-2 August 2016, Edinburgh, UK

And finally...
IDCC16: Give us your feedback
A big thank-you to all of you who attended our annual International Digital Curation Conference in Amsterdam last month. We hope you also found it a stimulating and useful event. Please send us your feedback so we can make it an even better event in the future. The location of IDCC17 is yet to be decided but in the meantime make sure to check out all the presentations and photos online. If you have published a blog relating to IDCC16, please send it to us so we can add it to the website. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

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