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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | February 2014

What we learned this month

Janet Data Archiving Framework - Arkivum
The new Janet Data Archiving Framework, which offers guaranteed data integrity and professional indemnity assurance, has been the subject of several interesting webinars hosted by service provider, Arkivum. They have reported on projects to integrate Arkivum storage with repository platforms ePrints (Universities of Southampton and Leeds) and Dspace (University of Hertfordshire). Although it just offers bit-level preservation at present, future plans would allow Arkivum to function as a storage microservice within open source preservation platform, Archivematica, to help institutions offer a more comprehensive digital data preservation service, and with iRODS for managing large data collections when they are dispersed across storage facilities. Service providers such as ULCC are also offering repository solutions layered on Arkivum.

Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020
The European Commission has published Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020, and as anticipated, Data Management Plans will be required for 'key areas' of the programme from 2014 that fall within the EU Open Data Pilot. At the moment we know these include several technology-oriented strands and others addressing 'societal challenges', although compliance requirements will likely be further detailed in specific calls. The new EU guidelines echo the G8 Science Minister's statement last summer, which offered similar good practice principles.

RDMF Future Shape Survey
Many thanks for all the contributions to our recent survey to inform planning for the popular Research Data Management Forum (RDMF) series of events. We’ll be circulating the results in February and seeking your views on the most worthwhile event topics for the year ahead. The leading suggestions from the survey included data publication, repositories, workflows, costings and metadata issues. We’ll also be looking into options for online events, with a view to opening up the conversation to colleagues outside the UK so watch this space!

DCC launches a series of online training sessions
We are pleased to announce that the DCC is launching a new series of free online training sessions covering topics such as data management planning for research administrators and an introduction to the Research Data Registry. The first webinar will be on how to customise DMPonline and will take place on Thursday 13th Marc. You can find out more about the series now, register for the first session and even get in touch to suggest your own topics.

Registry Project update
In October we announced our involvement in a six month project to set up a pilot UK Research Data Registry which would enable researchers to search for data across multiple UK data centres and institutional repositories in one go. Significant progress has been made since then - check out our progress in this blog by DCC’s Alex Ball.

DCC in print

Planning for the future: Developing and preserving information resources in the Arts and Humanities
A new case study written by the DCC’s Jonathan Rans has been published and focuses on the practical challenges associated with data management planning in an arts and humanities context. Based on the experiences of a research group from the Open University, the case study is now available online.

Five Steps to Developing a Research Data Policy
Many institutions are developing research data management (RDM) policies and guidance to help their people in following developments in good practice and meeting increasing expectations from funders and other bodies. Martin Donnelly has a produced a new ‘Quickstart’ introductory leaflet which suggests a number of steps that could be useful when thinking about formalising data management practices via a policy, whether at institutional, faculty or departmental level.

Resource of the month

Open Science Framework
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is made up of part network of research materials, part version control system and part collaboration software with the aim of supporting the scientist’s workflow and helping to increase the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices. You can even submit your suggestions online to help make the OSF an even more useful resource.

Future events

9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)
In two weeks’ time our annual conference will be in full swing in San Francisco with a busy programme of workshops and our biggest set of poster submissions ever. Registration will be closing in the next week and spaces on the workshops are being snapped up fast so register now while there are still places available. Check out who else is attending on our Lanyrd page and get a sneak preview of our poster entries on our website. We look forward to seeing you there!  
Seventh International Biocuration Conference (ISB2014)
Hosted by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, this event provides a forum for curators and developers of biological databases to discuss their work, promote collaboration and foster a sense of community in this active and growing area of research.
Reseach Data Access and Preservation Summit (RDAP)
Martin Donnelly will be representing the DCC at the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit (RDAP) where he’ll be sharing the lessons learned from our Institutional Engagement programme and detailing some of the challenges faced in turning this from a pilot into a streamlined, ongoing service. The event runs over three days with an emphasis on practical approaches to research data management, access and preservation, and includes stories, lessons learned, innovative research and resources and tools development by and for the community.
Jisc Digital Festival
The Jisc Digital Festival returns after a two year absence to showcase and celebrate the best in UK digital talent. The event brings together both experts and providers from the higher education, further education and skills sectors to share ideas and best practise. Members of the DCC will be involved in various sessions throughout the event (full details to be confirmed) so keep an eye on the programme for updates.
Research Data Management
Martin Donnelly will also be speaking on Research Data Management for CPD25, a staff development and training organisation working in association with the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries. His presentation will reflect on how library services are supporting RDM, using examples from the Jisc MRD programme and the DCC’s Institutional Engagement programme.  
And finally...

DCC in South Africa
Following a fruitful meeting in Glasgow last summer with Jaya Raju, Associate Professor in the Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town, Sarah Jones and Joy Davidson will be travelling to South Africa next month to run a series of RDM roadshows. The University of Cape Town has generously covered the costs of this week long visit which will include roadshows at the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, and for the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Staff news
Congratulations and best of luck to our long-standing Pipeline editor, Magdalena Getler, on the birth of her baby girl, Dasha, on 26 January.

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