|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | November 2011
We are delighted to introduce our new member of staff, Jonathan Rans who joins us from the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the University of Edinburgh. Together with other Institutional Support Officers, his main task will be to provide assistance to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the development and promotion of techniques for effective research data management.
International Digital Curation Conference, 5-8 December
We would like to encourage everyone to register before 15 November for our annual conference in Bristol and take advantage of an early bird registration fee and a special institutional discount. You can also choose from the programme of pre- and post-conference workshops. Many of the workshops are free but have limited availability, so register now to avoid disappointment! The hashtag for the event is #idcc11. We look forward to meeting you there!
Updates to CARDIO
Based on user feedback, Andrew McHugh, Patrick McCann and Sarah Jones have made several improvements to the CARDIO tool. Statements have been simplified and the tool is now a lot more user friendly. Over the coming months we will be sharing our experiences and giving practical examples of using CARDIO to assist institutions. Watch this space for further news!
DCC staff have been busy attending internal training on the tools and processes that we're using in our programme of intensive engagement with selected UK institutions. This has been great for team building, and assisting new staff in getting up to speed. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our programme of institutional engagements.
New DCC publication
We have published another in its series of How-to Guides: How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications by Alex Ball and Monica Duke. The guide explains how researchers can create links between their publications and the underlying data, and provides advice for repository managers and data archivists wishing to make their data holdings easier to cite. The guide may be read online or downloaded from the DCC website. You can also request print copies from the DCC Helpdesk.
First issue of DigCurV newsletter
The Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe project has just released its first newsletter. Its purpose is to reach out to people working in the library, museum, archive and cultural sector who have an interest or involvement in digital curation, digital preservation and training; to share news about the project's activities as well as events and developments in digital curation.
Webinar: Meeting the research data challenge
In October JISC ran its first web seminar on the issues of research integrity, and the management and sharing of research data. Over 60 participants took part in this event online and heard about JISC's work to support institutions, an area in which the DCC plays a focal role. You can now view all the presentations and watch a live recording online.
Software Art Symposium
Magdalena Getler attended a symposium on the issues of software art preservation, the legal and ethical issues in collecting and curating this growing form of artistic development. The event gave participants the opportunity to openly discuss the challenges of software art preservation, and to review and debate the latest developments in the field. All presentations will soon be available online. The symposium formed part of the POCOS project (Preservation of Complex Object Symposia).
Building capacity and capability for research data management
Support from HEFCE's UMF will enable us to work with 18 institutions over the next 18 months to help build capacity and capability for research data management at institutional level. We're pleased to say that 10 institutions representing a variety of universities around the UK have already agreed to work with us. The DCC will share the lessons learned to the benefit of all.
Our director Kevin Ashley attended a recent workshop organised by the EU-funded GRDI2020 project, charged with developing a picture of global research data infrastructures in the next decade. 'Infrastructure' in this context ranges from basic technology, such as a fast and reliable network, through to human and organisational issues. Recent DCC How-to guides on data citation and data management and sharing plans proved very popular with the participants as they provided answers to a lot of questions posed at the workshop.
Angus Whyte attended the recent eSciDoc Days event organised by the Max Planck Digital Library and Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (FIZ Karlsruhe). eSciDoc is a platform for developing research data and information management applications. Presentations are available and will be of potential interest to UK institutions and research groups, e.g. BW-eLabs, Astronomers' Workbench, and PanMetaDocs. DCC Briefings and How-to Guides were also popular and German translations may be in the pipeline.
DCC Roadshows in Cambridge and Cardiff
The DCC roadshows are touring the country with the intention of ensuring that every institution is aware of the services and resources that the DCC and others have developed to assist with research data management. The next events are in Cambridge from 9-11 November and Cardiff from 14-16 November. Each day has a different agenda and people are welcome to attend as many days as they wish.
New book: Managing Research Data
Ensuring that important information remains discoverable, accessible and intelligible and is shared as part of a larger web of data will mean research has a life beyond its initial purpose and can offer real utility to the wider institution and beyond. This edited collection bringing together leading figures in the field from the UK and around the world will be published in January 2012 and is a must read for all information professionals, researchers and policy makers. The book has been edited by DCC's Graham Pryor, and includes some contributions from DCC's staff.