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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | January 2015

What we learned this month

IDCC15 - registration closes 27 January
There are less than 4 weeks to go until the 10th International Digital Curation Conference in London and registration for both the main conference and workshops will close on Tuesday 27 January. The DCC Associate fee will only be available until Sunday 18 January so register now if you have yet to do so! Workshop 1 and Workshop 4 are nearly sold out so be sure to book your place soon.

The DCC & Open Science: an update on FOSTER
The FOSTER project was busy at the end of 2014 marking proposals for the second training call. We received over 80 proposals of an impressively high standard and have been able to support 25 of these covering a range of stakeholders, disciplines and countries. We look forward to seeing what they all deliver.

Meanwhile, in early December, Angus and Martin spoke at the FOSTER-sponsored Preparing Research Data for Open Access event at the Social Science Data Archives in Ljubljana, Slovenia which alternated between English-language presentations from invited foreign speakers, including Veerle Van den Eynden of UKDA, and presentations and workshops in Slovene. They also took part in a data roundtable at the University of Ljubljana, attended by representatives of the Slovene Ministry of Science and national research agency.

Latest from the Research Data Spring
Jisc's Research Data Spring has ended its first phase with a flurry of activity - over 70 ideas have been submitted and many comments and votes have also been made. New idea submissions are now closed, but we understand that voting and (more importantly) commenting is still possible. A workshop in February will further winnow down the ideas prior to the first injection of funding as part of a process described in December's blog post by our Director, Kevin.

IJDC 9 (2) published in full
Issue 2 of Volume 9 of the International Journal of Digital Curation was published in its final form just before Christmas. The issue contains eight articles based on practice papers from IDCC14, one based on a paper from IASSIST 2014, a book review and three original peer-reviewed articles. The first papers from Volume 10 are expected to be published in February.

TIMBUS Project announces web portal
The EU-cofunded TIMBUS project, which draws to a close later this month, has announced a new web portal gateway to the project outputs which have focussed on developing tools and solutions to make the execution context within which data is processed and analysed accessible over long periods. To be hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition once the project comes to an end, the portal will house all the tools and solutions developed by the TIMBUS Consortium.  

Resource of the month

DCC Tools & Services Catalogue
This DCC resource has recently been updated, with six new and fifteen revised entries. The catalogue gives short reviews of over 60 tools and services aimed at digital curators or researchers. It also provides side-by-side comparisons of tools that do similar things. If you know of any more tools we should include, please get in touch and tell us about them!

Future events

DMPonline user group - we need you!
We're setting up a user group for DMPonline to help us direct future work and will be convening a first meeting at the end of January to coincide the workshop above. We're looking for feedback on plans from researchers and support staff who use the tool regularly, so if you're interested in getting involved please get in touch. We'll be sharing the development roadmap for 2015 shortly too so watch out for that!
  • London, 29 January AM
RDM readiness event
We're collaborating with Jisc and EPSRC on an RDM readiness workshop to take place after IDCC15 in London. The event has filled up really quickly, but we're trying to make more space. All slides and blog posts reporting the event will go online afterwards. Sign up to the waiting list now. RDA Fifth Plenary Meeting
Happening this March in San Diego, and with an additional 'special event' the day before, the Plenaries are biannual meetings which provide the RDA community an opportunity to network, collaborate and hear from industry exerts on topics related to research data sharing and exchange. RDAP15
The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2015 will be taking place in Minneapolis over three days this April. The Call for interactive posters and lightning talks closes this week.
And finally...

Workshop at the University of Lancaster
During December we ran a DC101 training course, Managing Research Data, with Hardy Schwamm and Masud Khokhar at the University of Lancaster, mostly attended by researchers from a variety of disciplines and support staff. It was great to hear from Hardy about how Lancaster has been raising awareness of RDM through short 'research bites' sessions in the library, and to see another example of how Pure is being used for data deposit and description. All the slides and exercises are online.

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