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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | February 2016

What we learned this month

Save the Date: RDMF15
We are pleased to confirm that the 15th Research Data Management Forum (#rdmf15) will take place at Friends House, London, on Wednesday 27 April 2016. Scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of EPSRC's research data expectations coming into force, the theme of the meeting will be The Compliance of Science? Data Policies, Expectations and Concordat. (Please note that the topic announced in last month's Pipeline email newsletter, i.e. Funding and Business Cases, was given in error.) As usual, the agenda will cover a mixture of plenary sessions and breakout groups, with ample opportunities for networking. Registration and programme information will be available soon, but in the meantime be sure to add the event to your diaries.

Save the Date: Developing Research Data Management Services Workshop
This new DCC workshop is aimed at librarians, researchers, administrators and technology support professionals who want to advance their organisation’s support for research data management. The event will take place in London on 12 May 2016. Registration will open soon.

23 (Research Data) Things for 2016
Our colleagues at ANDS (Australian National Data Service) have launched 23 (research data) Things, a self-directed learning programme 'for anyone who wants to learn more about research data'. It is expected to be of particular interest to those who care for data (custodians, archivists, librarians), those who create data and want recognition for it, and those who expect data to be significant in their future careers. You can sign up now and expect to engage with one new ‘thing’ a week, between March and November 2016. Join the conversation on Twitter #23RDThings
Free online course: A Beginner's Guide to the OAIS Reference Model
ULCC (University of London Computer Centre) is offering a free online course on the OAIS reference model - the recognised framework for digital preservation systems. The course consists of three modules and will provide the attendees with a grounding in terminology and basic principles. 

Help shape OAIS in future
Those already familiar with OAIS and its strengths and weaknesses should look at ensuring their voice is heard at its forthcoming review by the standards bodies. The DPC is coordinating community input via a wiki. The DCC strongly supports this work, which is informed by the lessons learned from our coordination of input to the previous review of the standard.

Resource of the month

NEW DCC Checklist: Where to Keep Research Data
This new DCC publication is concerned with external third-party repositories that offer a managed service to the research community. It aims to assist research support staff whose task is to help researchers make informed choices about where to deposit data. The guidance describes different types of service, suggesting pros and cons of each. It then introduces three capability levels that can help match a repository to the depositor’s requirements.
NEW Book: Digital Curation, 2nd edition by Ross Harvey and Gillian Oliver
The second edition of 'Digital Curation' is useful as both a teaching text and day-to-day working guide. The book outlines the essential concepts and techniques that are crucial to preserving the longevity of digital resources.
Open Access White Paper
UKeIG (UK eInformation Group) have recently published a white paper entitled Open Science, Open Data, Open Access. The paper is taking a Europe-wide perspective in examining the open science movement. Open science is shown to be moving centre-stage by improving efficiency in science, increasing transparency and quality in research, speeding the transfer of knowledge, increasing knowledge spill-overs to the economy, addressing global challenges more effectively, and promoting citizens’ engagement in science and research. 

Future events
Open Knowledge - Open Arts Workshop 
An informal workshop about open data, open source and cultural heritage. It is a free event but you must register in order to attend. 
Research Data, Records and Archives: Breaking the Boundaries
A free one-day workshop organised by the University of Edinburgh to discuss the challenge of managing research data in relation to records management and archives.
RDAP16: Research Data Access and Preservation Summit
The event offers attendees a unique chance to interact with and learn from practitioners and researchers working in a variety of fields on research data management, access, and preservation issues. 
42nd IASSIST Conference
The theme of this year's conference is "Embracing the ‘data revolution’: opportunities and challenges for research". We are in the midst of a ‘data revolution’. What does this mean for researchers? What impact is there on data infrastructures, technology, standards, best practices, tools, services and training? What are the current research needs and trends? 
International Data Week
The RDA, CODATA and the WDS (World Data System) are running three coordinated events in Denver this year, which together form the International Data Week under the theme of ‘From Big Data to Open Data: Mobilizing the Data Revolution’. You can submit proposals for SciDataCon, the CODATA conference which forms part of this joint event, until 7 March 2016.

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