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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2011


DMP Online in the USA
The DCC recently announced a partnership with a group of US institutions - the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library, the UCLA Library, the UCSD Libraries, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Virginia Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and DataONE - to adapt our DMP Online tool for the US institutional context. The primary goal of the partnership is to simplify the process of creating plans while increasing the quality of decisions made by funders to pre-define policies and infrastructures that support research activities. You can read more about this initiative at the DCC website.

Dryad UK
Work is underway on our contribution to the Dryad UK project, funded by JISC under the MRD Citing Linking and Publishing strand. It is helping establish Dryad as a persistent international repository for bioscience research datasets, linked to journal publication of the peer-reviewed articles they underpin. The overall aim is to publish high-value research datasets that lack natural homes in existing bioinformatics databases. The DCC is establishing a framework for future evaluations of this repository. Other partners are British Library, Oxford University, Charles Beagrie, and the NESCent team at University of North Carolina. Kevin Ashley and Angus Whyte are leading the DCC contribution.

Physical Curation
Our new Curation Services Officer, Magdalena Getler, was literally blown away by her appointment to the DCC. Just a week after starting in Edinburgh she was swept off her feet in a gale, breaking her ankle and tearing ligaments in her leg. Experiencing a different kind of curation than she had perhaps been anticipating, Magdalena has been putting her recuperation at home to good use, developing the DCC's new communications and dissemination programmes.


RDMF6 Takes Planning as its Theme
The sixth Research Data Management Forum workshop has been scheduled for 5th and 6th May and will be held at the University of Leicester.  The overall theme is to be planning for research data management to meet funder imperatives.  Keynote speaker Juan Bicarregui, from the RCUK Outputs Group, is expected to explain the approach that has been taken to develop the imminent RCUK principles for data management.  Further details are available from the DCC website.

Preservation Advisory Centre Conference 2011
Martin Donnelly was at the British Library on 15th February for the Preservation Advisory Centre conference on Impact: Redefining the Measurement of Collection Care. The mood of the event was fairly subdued, with the ongoing programme of government cuts dominating proceedings. Some light did manage to shine through, however, when the speaker from the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that they will start funding digital-only projects, which they have not done in the past.


JISC MRD International Workshop
In conjunction with the JISC Programme Managers, we have been busy preparing the DCC's input to the JISC Managing Research Data International Workshop at Aston University, Birmingham on March 28-29. This will include an 'unconference' style workshop on the main messages we need to promulgate from the MRD programme. Details of this event are available on the JISC website.


Publications in the Pipeline
Angus Whyte has been setting up the programme of How-to Guides and Briefings for hand over to Magdalena. Following the latest from Alex Ball, on 'How to Licence Research Data,' work is now underway on several new titles from a range of authors.

The DCC will be well represented at this summer's IASSIST conference in Vancouver, Canada. We'll be giving a joint paper with the UK Data Archive on collaborations in data management, a solo Pecha Kucha presentation on "doing more with less", and running a data management workshop for participants. Keep an eye on the IASSIST11 website for more details!

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