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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | December 2014

What we learned this month

IDCC15 workshop registration now open
Following the opening of registration for IDCC15, we are pleased to announce that booking is now open for the workshops. The final programme of workshops is available online. With the exception of the Birds of a Feather sessions, we have now confirmed all accepted submissions to the programme so look out for an updated programme soon.

Help us select the Birds of a Feather programme
We are asking registered delegates to help us select which Birds of a Feather sessions they would most like to see included in the programme for IDCC15! With 11 submissions to choose from, we'd like to know which topics are of most interest to our delegates so make sure you register for the conference before 17 December so that you can cast your votes!

Jisc - the Research Data Spring
In late November, Jisc announced a new funding programme for tools, software and services for research data. It's very different from anything you've seen Jisc do before and the scope for involvement is much wider. Read more about it in an article from our director, Kevin Ashley.

We had a bumper attendance at November's 12th Research Data Management Forum on the topic of "Linking Data and Repositories (and other systems)", including for the first time (but hopefully not the last) a keynote speaker drinking beer during his talk! If you couldn't make it to the event in person, check out the Twitter archive, or take a look at the blog posts from the breakout groups, linked from the event homepage, where you will also find links to all speaker presentations.

For those of you who were unfortunate enough to miss out on a place at RDMF12, keep a lookout for information on RDMF13 which we hope to announce early in the New Year. You can also sign up to the RDMF Community to make sure you're always the first in the know.

4C Conference
The 4C project and the DPC jointly presented a two-day event in November called Investing in Opportunity, looking not only at the costs of curating information in the long term but also the benefits to be gained; hence the investment perspective. We had thought-provoking, informative talks from a variety of international experts and also heard about 4C outputs such as its curation costs roadmap and the Curation Costs Exchange tool. Sandwiched in between were this year's digital preservation awards; look forward to a blog about those soon.

RDM around the world:

South Africa

In late November, Joy presented at a research seminar for librarians at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and also at eResearch Africa on Customising DMPonline, which featured a case study on its implementation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology from Senior Librarian, Zanele Mathe. Zanele's work to integrate data management planning into the institutional workflows at CPUT is exemplary. Joy also presented Open Science - how do librarians fit in? at the Library and Information Studies Centre (LISC) 75th Anniversary Conference at the University of Cape Town, which featured two days of excellent speakers, including Stephen Town from the University of York, Tom Cochrane from Queensland University of Technology, and Cape Town's own Jaya Raju and Dick Ng’ambi. 

Sarah spoke at a conference on the Digital data deluge and strategies for research last week organised by ADBU, the French association of academic and university libraries. Talks explained how the scale of data is changing research, and there was a lot of interest in new methods like Text and Data Mining, particularly given the copyright exception that came into force in the UK in June. The open agenda and movement towards open science was also covered.

FOSTER training in Slovenia
Martin and Angus will be travelling to Ljubljana in early December to join the UK Data Archive's Veerle Van den Eynden at a FOSTER-sponsored training event for social scientists, as well as taking part in a pre-event roundtable with representatives of the Slovenian Ministry of Science, Agency of Research and the University of Ljubljana. We'll have more to say about this in the next Pipeline.

HATII hosts Polish visit
The Glasgow branch of the DCC, HATII, hosted a visit from a group of Polish Museum curators last month who specialise in 3D imaging and were interested in how digital technologies are being employed by museums here in the UK, as well as the long-term curation of the outputs. HATII is a humanities computing department at the University of Glasgow which has strong links to the cultural heritage sector and teaches Masters courses in Archives and Museum Studies, as well as having close links with the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum. The meeting was a good opportunity to bring together teaching and curation expertise.

Resource of the month

RDA Europe publication on "The Data Harvest"
RDA Europe have produced a new publication looking at the value of curated data and the costs of doing so. They've introduced a new metaphor which may well supplant the deluges and waves that have swamped us for the past few years - welcome to The Data Harvest.

Future events

EPrints UK User Group
Held at the University of London Computer Centre in collaboration with the University of East London (UEL), the draft agenda includes an Open Access Update, CASRAI, RIOXX, UEL, Leeds, ULCC and EPrints updates.
Introduction to Data Management Planning and DMPonline
DCC are running a half-day workshop in London in the New Year which will help participants to understand funder requirements for data management and sharing, whilst also providing the knowledge and understanding required to complete a data management plan using DMPonline and how it can be customised by institutions. Sign up now!
And finally...

The DCC team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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