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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | June 2013

What we learned this month

DMPonline consultation
As this Pipeline goes to the virtual press, a brief but intense period of public consultation on a revised DCC checklist for data management planning has just drawn to a close. We have received useful, high-quality input through public comments and direct email. Thanks to all who took the time to contribute - the result will be an even better revised checklist and online tool.

Libraries and research data in Europe
OpenAIRE and LIBER were joint sponsors of a workshop on the role of libraries in research data management, which preceded the ELAG2013 (European Libraries Automation Group) conference. The DCC's Michael Day was present as well as Kevin Ashley, who chaired the final panel session. The UK's experience was well represented with talks by Robin Rice (University of Edinburgh), Andrew Cox (University of Sheffield), Sarah Callaghan (NERC BADC) and Joss Winn (University of Lincoln). We also heard from DCC collaborators at 3TU.Datacentrum. Feedback from the audience demonstrated the relative maturity of UK university libraries in engaging with research data services compared to peers elsewhere in Europe. For example, no one in the audience knew how much data their university might be holding. This is the type of question that the DCC's DAF (Data Asset Framework) tool can help answer. The workshop ended by suggesting how LIBER and OpenAIRE can support improvements in this area for European research libraries.

UK-based readers may be interested in a forthcoming joint funding call between NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and the TSB (Technology Strategy Board), which is intended to highlight the potential for reuse of data in NERC's data centres, entitled New Business Solutions from Environmental Data. The call is not yet out and online information is scarce, but we can reveal that a series of workshops are being held around the UK this summer to explore end-user challenges, and to begin putting together consortia for bids. More information, including the dates and locations of the workshops, in a DCC blog post.

Resource of the month

people sitting on stairs in Rome, Italy
The Spanish Steps, Rome

How To Write a Lay Summary
Lay summaries help to communicate research to a wider audience and are a key means of broadening the impact of research and facilitating public engagement. This recent DCC guide How To Write a Lay Summary looks at how they are used and provides some tips for writing them.

Future events

CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OA18)
There is still time to register for this workshop (deadline 10 June). As well as one session specifically on research data, many other sessions have relevance to making research data more amenable to re-use through linking to publications or semantic annotation.
  • Geneva, Switzerland, from 19 to 21 June 

Repository Fringe
The DCC is again playing its part in the organisation of the Repository Fringe ‘unconference’, an annual forum for repository administrators, developers/coders and information professionals. At Repository Fringe one can explore and interact with the application of innovative technologies and, in a relaxed and informal environment, exchange opinions and suggestions on such topics as the principles for research data management, the role of social media and the value of altmetrics. Registration is now open, as is the call for participation.
  • Edinburgh, UK, from 31 July to 2 August  

Open Repositories
An annual conference for repository managers, researchers and developers to share developments across national boundaries and technical platforms.

iPRES and 4C workshop
iPRES is the leading conference on research in digital preservation. The programme for this year's conference is due for release on June 9, but we know already that the 4C project (the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) will be holding a workshop on curation costs towards the end of that week. DCC, Jisc and the Digital Preservation Coalition are all partners in 4C.
  • Lisbon, Portugal, from 2 to 5 September 
Open Research Data ... breaking down barriers. RDA Second Plenary Meeting,
The global Research Data Alliance (RDA) has moved rapidly from planning mode and now has a significant number of functioning working and interest groups. We wrote about its first plenary meeting earlier this year. If you are interested in the existing groups, the formation of new groups or the governance process of RDA itself you will find attendance worthwhile. Registration will open soon. Hashtag #RDAPlenary

And finally...

DCC's Angus Whyte and Marieke Guy attended the IASSIST 2013 (International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology) conference in Cologne, which had the theme Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability. The conference focused on research data management, data librarianship and data development in the social sciences.  The DCC team delivered two presentations as part of a session on Expanding Scholarship: Research Journals and Data Linkages. The talks on data journals and the Trustworthy Repository Standards stimulated discussion on whether the IASSIST Quarterly journal should offer a data journal output. DCC's Laura Molloy also presented on Targeted Institutional Approaches to Research Data Management.

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