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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | May 2014

What we learned this month

Institutional Engagement update - where are they now?
In this month's catch-up with our first cohort of Institutional Engagements, Jonathan Greer of Queen's University Belfast outlines the various activities that Queen's have been undertaking in pursuit of their institutional Research Data Management Strategy (May 2012 - May 2015), including developing a data policy and accompanying guidance for researchers and support staff, and implementing the DCC's DMPonline data management planning tool as part of an integrated infrastructure. Learn more about what's been happening in Belfast in our blog.

‘Customising DMPonline’ video now available
We've recently released a new version of DMPonline which offers much more flexibility for institutional customisation. You can now create your own template to provide questions and guidance that researchers should respond to, add tailored guidance to help researchers answer funders’ questions and also provide examples and suggested answers without needing DCC staff to implement those changes.

We ran a webinar in March 2014 to demonstrate this and to profile the options available for customisation by showing examples from a number of early adopters. The video from the webinar is now available on the DCC's YouTube channel. We are also currently testing the admin interface and hope to have this released in the next few weeks so that you can create your own customisations!

RDM: From Strategy to Action
Our recent online survey received 87 responses from 61 institutions before closing last month. Results have been pre-released to participants and suggest that many institutions have taken major steps towards meeting Research Council expectations. Progress is patchy; strongest in the areas of training and support for data management planning, and - perhaps not surprisingly - is faster in the larger research-intensive institutions. Overall, nearly 75% of responding institutions have either drafted or approved RDM policy, however, most reported that implementation had not progressed beyond investigating requirements. Results suggest that support from DCC or Jisc MRD funding is linked to faster progress, but it’s clear we still have a great deal to do! More on the results is included in a blog post by survey authors Angus Whyte and Diana Sisu.

Training for EC project officers on open data
We're excited to be involved in a forthcoming training event for Horizon 2020 project officers in the European Commission on open research, with particular emphasis on access to scholarly publications and data produced by research projects. This is being organised by the FOSTER project in which we are a partner.

Resource of the month

Ten Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data
This PLOS article gives 10 practical steps for researchers to follow to make the best use of their data, explaining how to share research data, the importance of persistent identifiers, adequate documentation and published code, as well as advocating the use of repositories and good citation practice to ensure credit is assigned. There are also lots of useful links to existing software, tools and repositories to help researchers follow the principles, and although the guidance will be familiar to many Pipeline readers, this particular article puts it in a context which will be much more visible to researchers. Thanks to Birgit Schmidt, one of our colleagues on the FOSTER project, for pointing it out. Well worth a read!

Future events

Research Data Management Forum (RDMF11)
The first of our biannual Research Data Managament Forum events in 2014; the theme this time around is ‘Workflows and Lifecycle Models for Data Management’. RDMF11 is a one-day event and an opportunity to hear from experts in different stages of the scholarly research, publication and long-term data management lifecycle. The event also provides a forum for in-depth discussion on areas of specific interest to participants. Places are limited and registration is open now – more information can be found on our website.
Repository Fringe 2014
Hosted by the DCC, EDINA and the University of Edinburgh, Repository Fringe provides an annual forum for repository administrators, developers, and information professionals to interact and explore the application of innovative technologies in an ‘unconference’ format in the lead-up to the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Final programme details are still to be confirmed but registration is free and is open now. Visit the website for more details.
LISC 75 Conference
This year marks 75 years of library studies at the University of Cape Town, making UCT LISC the oldest LIS School in Africa! To celebrate they’re holding an international conference towards the end of 2014 with speakers including Herbert van der Sompel, Stevan Harnad, Carol Tenopir and our own Joy Davidson. It looks set to be a great event so for more information check out the conference website and follow @UCTLisc for updates.
  • Cape Town, South Africa, 27 – 28 November
National Archives webinar - Cloud Storage and Digital Preservation
How can cloud storage help address growing digital preservation challenges? This webinar by the National Archives will introduce new cloud storage and digital preservation guidance, giving attendees an opportunity to learn more about it and to put questions to its authors. The guidance will be launched on their website next week.
Our director, Kevin Ashley, will be speaking at a number of events in the coming months including:
  • an interdisciplinary data management workshop at the 2nd Data Management Workshop, 28 - 29 November, Cologne - the call for papers for this event is now open
  • as well as contributing to the Open e-IRG Workshop, 9 - 10 June, Athens

And finally...

Two perspectives on data management
Kevin Ashley gave two invited talks in April to very different audiences with different perspectives on managing and reusing research data. The Fiesole retreat brings together the library and publishing worlds to explore areas of common interest. With research data, the role of libraries is clear - that for publishers is less so. The second talk was to an audience of final year PhD students funded by ESRC across the UK. Their concerns are about how to make their research data, and the data gathered by others, help them in their future careers, whether or not they intend to stay in academia.

The Digital Preservation Awards 2014
We wrote about the DPC Digital Preservation Awards in last month's Pipeline and entries are now open for 5 awards and will close on 28 July. See the DPC website for more details.
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