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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | September 2013

What we learned this month

9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) | San Francisco | 24-27 February 2014
The theme for this year’s #IDCC14 is ‘Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business and society.’ The conference will focus on how data-driven developments are changing the world around us. The call for paper is out now - submissions close on 21 October

Research Data Management in the Arts and Humanities
The DCC's most recent RDM Forum was dedicated to arts and humanities data. At the event participants touched on disciplinary differences, such as the prevalence of physical material or the need to control the way data is presented visually, as well as on the similarities. Presentations showed the transformative effect of technology on the research questions asked, and gave some really inspiring case studies on how researchers are managing their data. To see tweets check out #rdmf10. Blogs posts are planned and the slides will be soon available on our website.

Repository Fringe
The ‘un-conference’ was back last month with, as ever, an eclectic programme and speakers. The DCC gave a pecha kucha presentation about the changes to DMPonline, a talk on our institutional engagement programme and a roundtable on the role of repositories in supporting RDM. If you missed it or would like to relive some of the highlights, check out this blog post and programme with links to video and slides.

DANS video: Sharing data - good for science, good for you
‘Data that’s worth analyzing is worth storing for yourself and for your successors, and it’s not hard if you plan it properly, upfront.’ This is an excerpt from a video recently published by our colleagues at DANS, the Netherlands Data Archiving and Networked Services, to promote storing and sharing data within the research community. We think it’s well worth four minutes of your time to watch.

Resource of the month

Eiffel Tower

Technology Watch Report 'Preserving Computer-Aided Design'
CAD systems are used to create digital models of engineering designs, archaeological sites, or virtual worlds. Often described as a ‘file no archivist really wants to deal with’ these models can be of long-lasting significance and importance, particularly if they contain irreplaceable data or relate to long-lived products. This DPC’s report will be of special interest to those responsible for archives and repositories with CAD content, but also to creators who want to make their models more amenable to preservation. The report is available on the DPC’s website:

Future events

Meet us at…
The DCC is speaking and participating in a number of international events over the next few months. These include the second Research Data Alliance plenary in Washington, D.C., the DataCite summer meeting, Ipres2013 and the following 4C workshop and the EuroCRIS annual seminar. We'll also be talking about Data Management Plans and DMPonline at a EUDAT workshop in Barcelona in September and then at the EUDAT conference in Rome in October. This will be a great way to profile the release of DMPonline v.4.0 - watch out for further announcements over the coming months.

NISO Two-Part Webinar: Research Data Curation
NISO is holding a two-part webinar this month aimed at those establishing institutional research data management services. Although primarily aimed at NISO members in the USA (and timed appropriately) we think others may also be interested. Part 1 on 11 September discussed the new role of e-science librarian, and in Part 2 on 18 September, speakers will explore libraries and big data and their role in data curation. 

17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
The conference is a scientific forum that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users of digital libraries.
  • Valletta, Malta, from 22 to 26 September 

And finally...

Staff news
Congratulations and best of luck to our Institutional Support Officer Monica Duke who on 19 August gave birth to a baby boy, Nathaniel Joseph.

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