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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2012


DMP Online: 1000 new plans created

It took just under two years but we've done it. In March we reached a milestone with DMP Online - the creation of the thousandth data management plan using the tool. Considering the increasing requirements from research funders, publishers and academic institutions - and the huge accompanying interest in this area - we doubt it'll take that long again to reach the 2000 mark!

IJDC: New issue

Volume 7, issue 1 of our International Journal of Digital Curation was released on 13 March. The current issue contains papers submitted for the International Digital Curation Conference in Bristol last year on topics varying from data citation to twitter repositories, as well as independently-submitted papers. This is also the first time we assigned and made available DOIs for all journal articles - as the links here show.

Producing RDM roadmaps
The forthcoming EPSRC deadline of May 1 for institutional research data management roadmaps is undoubtedly on the minds of many of you at the moment. At the DCC we have started writing a series of blog posts to guide you through this task.


Workshop: Curation in the cloud
At a recent JISC workshop in London the DCC staff presented a white paper that examined the suitability and viability of cloud approaches for curation tasks. The event brought together experts in grid and cloud computing, and curation fields to share knowledge and experience, and to assess the practicalities of using cloud-based solutions for the curation and preservation of digital materials. The paper will be revised as a result of the workshop and circulated more widely soon. 

Workshop: Developing Institutional Research Data Management Policies
DCC's Sarah Jones, Monica Duke, Laura Molloy, Angus Whyte and Martin Donnelly took part in the JISC MRD/DCC workshop Developing Institutional Research Data Management Policies at the University of Leeds on 12-13 March. The event brought together more than 40 people who are directly involved in developing RDM policy for their institution or project. The event discussed the practicalities of developing and ratifying policies and turning them into action plans or roadmaps. 

Event report: Introducing DataFlow and ViDaaS
If you haven't seen it yet, DCC's Marieke Guy has recently written a blog post from the launch event of two new UMF-funded data management infrastructure projects at the University of Oxford: DataFlow and ViDaaS.  


SPARC Open Access
Kevin Ashley recently spoke at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition's (SPARC) meeting in Kansas City, MO, which was especially dedicated to Open Access. In contrast to earlier SPARC events, the role of repositories in dealing with research data was prominent, as well as the importance of open access to data and publications. Presentations and reports from the meeting are available on SPARC's website.

Knowledge Exchange
The recent DCC hosted meeting of the Knowledge Exchange Research Data Working Group brought together funders from across Europe to assist them in coordinating work and exchanging findings. The meeting provided us with an excellent opportunity to present our work to a wider audience and to hear about developments undertaken elsewhere, for instance in France by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) – the National Centre for Scientific Research. The Knowledge Exchange organisation is founded on an agreement between four partner organisations with a mandate to improve information and communication digital infrastructure in the research and university library sector.


DCC Roadshows
We would like to invite everyone to our upcoming roadshows: The roadshows aim to build a broader awareness of the services and resources that DCC and other organisations have developed to assist with research data management. We look forward to seeing you there!

Future Perfect Conference: Digital Preservation by Design
As reported in January Pipeline, Sarah and Martin are presenting a paper on effective data management planning at the Future Perfect conference in New Zealand on March 26-27. They will also use this opportunity and meet with various partners from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Monash University and Statistics New Zealand. A blog from the conference and a presentation will be available soon.

IFLA paper
Sarah, Marieke and Miggie Pickton have had a joint paper accepted to speak at the IFLA conference in August. This profiles the support we're providing to take RDM initiatives further at the University of Northampton, and reflects on the DCC's Institutional Engagement programme more broadly. 

ECRM paper
Angus, Martin, Sarah, Andrew McHugh and Michael Day have also had their work-in-progress paper accepted for ECRM 2012; the 11th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, 28-29 June in Bolton. The paper will also describe and reflect on the DCC's programme of Institutional Engagement.

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