Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | April 2014

What we learned this month

Helping you with RDM
A key function of the DCC is to provide free, tailored support to institutions to help them progress their work on RDM. We’re now taking a more modular approach to spread our support further and are happy to arrange small pieces of work with any universities on request, for example, you may want us to run training courses, do a DMPonline customisation, meet with your RDM steering group, or help you to define metadata to keep a record of research data holdings. Find out more about the types of support available.

We had positive feedback from our original engagement institutions and are now starting a series of blog posts to catch up with them, find how what progress they have made and allow others to benefit from our work with them. DataCite,, and Databib announce collaboration
Databib and re3data, two leading registries of research data repositories, announced their forthcoming merger this month - the combined service will be managed under the auspices of DataCite by the end of 2015. We wish the new venture well and will be working to ensure that it's able to deliver the type of functionality that researchers and those who support them require.

ORCID in the UK
Jisc, in collaboration with the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) have announced a pilot project to develop best practices for a potential UK-wide adoption of ORCID in higher education. As an internationally recognised standard for identifying people involved in research, including data producers, ORCID is a vital part of the infrastructure that's developing to ensure that data sharing gets rewarded and the move is warmly welcomed by the DCC.

US research output registry and notification service from the SHARE project
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the US has won funding to develop and launch the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service. SHARE aims to make research assets both more discoverable and accessible, while the Notification Service will inform stakeholders when research results - including articles and data - are released.

DCC at RDA Plenary in Dublin
Kevin, Laura, Alex and Angus took part in the third Research Data Alliance Plenary in Dublin at the end of March which focused on the theme: ‘The Data Sharing Community: Playing Your Part’. As well as all taking part in a wide range of Working Groups and Interest Groups, Kevin spoke about the work of the 4C project during the Publishing Interest Group session and Alex co-chaired the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group. Meanwhile Laura gave an update on the UK Research Data Registry to the Data Description Registry Interoperability Working Group and Angus outlined early work to compile a Question Bank on RDM service requirements in the Data in Context Interest Group.

The next RDA plenary will be in Amsterdam, 22 - 24 September 2014. You don't need to attend RDA meetings to be able to contribute to RDA work. Via the website, you can comment on Working and Interest Group proposals or contribute to active groups, giving as little or as much time as you are able.

The Digital Preservation Awards 2014
As a member of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), we've welcomed the innovation and achievements that are highlighted by the DPC's Digital Preservation Awards. An expanded competition with the support of partners including Open Plants Foundation (OPF) and Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD) has just been approved by the DPC board, with 5 awards open for entries: Research and Innovation, Teaching and Communication, Distinguished Student Work, Safeguarding Digital Legacy (practical actions which protect at-risk digital objects) and Outstanding Industry Initiative. Entries will be open very soon and widely publicised.

Collaboration with South Africa
Sarah and Joy are now back from South Africa where they collaborated with the Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town and ran several workshops for staff and students, as well as a LIASA-hosted RDM event for the region. Check out their blog posts on The digital curation skills agenda – UCT and HATII collaboration, the UCT Research Data Management Policy and Strategy Workshop and RDM in South Africa.

4C project gets glowing review
The DCC is a partner in the European Commission funded Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project whose vision is to create a better understanding of effective investments in digital curation through collaboration. We were delighted to hear that the project was making “excellent progress” (the highest achievement possible) at its first annual review last month. Project Co-ordinator, Neil Grindley of Jisc, said: “It's a really encouraging way to launch into the last 10 months of the project. I’d like to thank all of the project’s supporters who have each contributed to this outstanding result. Well done everybody and a big thank you to the 4C team in Frankfurt.”

Resource of the month

SAGE Handbook on Managing and Sharing Research Data
This new handbook is authored by four colleagues from the UK Data Archive and UK Data Service: Louise Corti, Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop and Mathew Woollard, and consolidates 20 years of expertise in managing and sharing data. The handbook is aimed at researchers, postgraduate students and research institutions.

Managing and Sharing Research Data

Future events

RDMF 11 - Save the date
The 11th Research Data Management Forum will be taking place this summer in London. The one day event will take the topic of 'Workflows and Lifecycle Models for Data Management', and confirmed speakers include Professor Carole Goble (University of Manchester), Hervé L'Hours (UK Data Archive) and Wendy White (University of Southampton). Registration, along with a draft programme will be available soon so be sure to save the date.
  • London, 20 June

CRIS 2014
Kevin and Joy will both be presenting at CRIS 2014 where the theme for this year is 'Managing Data Intensive Science: the role of Research Information Systems in realising the digital agenda'.
CILIP Research Data Management Executive Briefing
Joy will be speaking about emerging good practice and the DCC's Institutional Engagement programme at the CILIP Research Data Management Executive Briefing which looks at the library's role in research data management.
ICPSR Summer Program
A week-long course focused on Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use is on offer as part of the ICPSR Summer Programme for 2014. Held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the workshop will explore and apply the concepts and benefits of life cycle principles for data curation, and will be taught by Louise Corti (UK Data Archive), Jared Lyle (ICPSR) and Veerle Van Den Eynden (UK Data Archive).

And finally...

Are you ready for EPSRC compliance?
DCC has an ongoing commitment to helping UK HEIs ready themselves for compliance with EPSRC policy framework on research data and are holding a one-day workshop on assessing institutional readiness next month - there's only a small number of spaces left so make sure you register soon! We're also looking at the potential for follow-up workshops in the run-up to 1 May 2015 and are keen to keep discussions going beyond this date as institutional services and infrastructure become more mature and we gain a better idea of costs and resource requirements. Please complete our short survey with your ideas on how such events might be held virtually to enable greater participation.

Institutional Senior Management Survey - RDM: From Strategy to Action
There are only a couple of days left to take part in our survey of senior managers involved in UK institutions' decision-making on Research Data Management. Open until 10 April, the survey aims for a national picture of progress towards institutional RDM services and participants will get early access to the results. If you think your institution should be represented but has not responded please email and we will send on the survey link.

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