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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | October 2012


Digital Preservation Awards 2012
awardWe are very pleased to learn that the DMP Online and DMP Tool collaboration has been shortlisted for this year's Digital Preservation Research and Development Award. We are in a strong field, with competition from PLANETS, TOTEM and the KEEP project. Another contender for a prize in the award for teaching and communication category is the Keeping Research Data Safe KRDS2 toolkit, for which the DCC-associated project SageCite provided a case-study. A number of DCC staff (and our collaborators) will be present at the awards ceremony on 3 December. If you are DPC member you can vote for your preferred entry on the DPC website. Or you can let us know which tools/ services do you think should win the 2012 Digital Preservation Awards?

New DCC briefing paper: Citizen Science
cover of the briefing paper
The DCC-associated JISC-funded project Patients Participate! has just released a briefing paper on Citizen Science written by Monica Duke. UKOLN, the British Library and the Association of Medical Research Charities together investigated the feasibility of a crowd-sourced model of writing lay summaries to make research more accessible.

EPSRC roadmaps survey
Between 18 July and 18 September, the DCC conducted an online survey of institutions in receipt of EPSRC research funding to ascertain their reactions to (and the impact from) EPSRC's call for the development of institutional research data roadmaps. We found that whilst the nine EPSRC expectations are generally seen as positive, HEIs are struggling to find the appropriate resources (funding, infrastructure and skills) to implement effective research data management at an institutional level. Read more in Graham Pryor's blog post entitled The management of research data - are you really on the map?


iPRES 2012
Toronto skyline
DCC staff delivered three talks and two workshop/tutorials at the iPRES 2012 conference in Toronto (2-5 October). Michael Day described measures developed in UKOLN for Developing a Community Capability Model Framework for Data-intensive Research, Graham Pryor presented Developing Research Data Management Capability: the View from a National Support Service a paper co-written with Angus Whyte and Sarah Jones on the DCC's Institutional Engagement Service, and Kevin Ashley provided a description of the DCC's role in the UK in Good Research, Good Data, Good Value: the changing curation landscape as part of the closing plenary. Monica Duke also presented a tutorial prepared with Alex Ball on data citation, and Joy Davidson, Laura Molloy and Sarah Jones contributed to the third annual iPRES workshop Spanning the Boundaries - Excellence in Digital Curation Education and Training Through Collaboration, working with several other digital curation stakeholders. Papers will be soon available online.

Train the trainers workshop in Manchester
On 25 September in Manchester Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones ran a train the trainers workshop in collaboration with the MiSS project. A follow-up event is being planned for November where more details will be shared on the services available at Manchester, so staff can point researchers in the right direction.

Training workshop for Oxford Brookes
DCC's Angus Whyte, Sarah Jones and Marieke Guy ran a training workshop for Oxford Brookes University colleagues in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment. The event was well received and the discussions that were facilitated among researchers, library and IT colleagues are being followed up in DAF data assessments. Angus Whyte, Andrew McHugh and Kerry Miller also ran a training workshop as part of the Institutional Engagement programme on October 17-18 at University of Warwick. Find out more about the DCC programme of institutional engagements:


New initiative: Research Data Alliance
A new initiative is currently being devised to coordinate the development of services and standards worldwide for the management and reuse of research data. The Research Data Alliance is planning to launch in March 2013 and a series of meetings is being held around the world to establish governance and funding models. JISC colleagues attended one such meeting in Munich in late September and our Director, Kevin Ashley, attended another in the USA in early October. Many details have yet to be decided but the backing of funders in three continents means that something of importance will emerge. Look out for more information coming up soon on the DCC blog.


International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) | Amsterdam | 14-16 January 2013
houses on the canal in Amsterdam
As we prepare this issue, the final reviews for papers are arriving. We have a wide range of keynote speakers on day one so please check our website for more information. There is also a broad spectrum of workshops and tutorials run by DCC staff and others. Amongst them are: Data publishing, peer review and repository accreditation: everyone a winner? a follow-up to the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation conference in Estonia, and a workshop examining pricing models for deposit in subject data repositories. Broaden your knowledge and make new contacts at IDCC13. Register now! 

RDMF9: Shaping the Infrastructure | Cambridge | 14-15 November 2012
Don't forget to register for the ninth Research Data Management Forum as places are filling up fast! The theme for #RDMF9 is Technology Aspirations for Research Data Management, considering not only the technology solutions that are being offered but also the policies and players who are shaping them. Don't wait and sign up now! Registration will close on Friday 2 November.

DCC roadshows
We have two data management roadshows coming up soon: one in London on 20 November and another one in Dundee on 5-6 December. These may be the last events of this type we provide, so please make plans to attend now if you have not already done so. The roadshows are aimed at staff from all professional groups with an interest in research data management. They give you an understanding of current practice, the assistance that the DCC can offer, and get you to work on the first steps for improving provision in your own institution. Programmes and registration are available on the events pages:
DCC staff at other events
DCC staff will be talking about our work at a variety of events in the coming months. If you are also attending any of these events, please come say hello!
  • Marieke Guy speaks on Supporting Libraries in leading the way in Research Data Management at Online Information 2012 on 21 November 2012.
  • Sarah Jones will be presenting on Research Data Management in Higher Education at the Inside Government Data Management Forum on 25 October in London.
  • Monica Duke and Alex Ball will be taking part in the CODATA 2012 session on Data Publication and Data Citation (co-organized by WDS and CODATA Citation Task Group) Linking Data and Documents: Deepening the Scholarly Record. They will be talking about the DCC guide to data citation and attending the rest of the CODATA meeting, held between 28-31 October in Taipei.
JISC MRD programme meetings
The DCC are assisting in the JISC MRD programme meetings on 24-26 March. We've been developing a new how to guide on RDM services and hope to enhance this with practical case studies. These will be drawn from work spanning the JISC MRD and DCC institutional engagement programmes.
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