|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | May 2012
Many UK universities have been responding to the deadline of May 1 to develop a roadmap aligning their policies and processes with EPSRC’s expectations. The University of Glasgow, for example, has made its draft research data policy and initial version of their roadmap available on their website. The documents were developed as part of the DCC's programme of Institutional Engagements. Others have been also working closely with us to develop their roadmaps. For example, the University of Surrey and Oxford Brookes University have undertaken comprehensive gap analysis to plan the way ahead, informed by pilot studies using the Data Asset Framework (DAF) approach. We are also learning from the parallel work of the JISC MRD programme, including innovative work by University of the West of England (UWE) to adapt DCC tools.
Improved Tools and Services Catalogue
We've refreshed our catalogue of tools and services for managing and curating research data. It splits resources into five categories, based on who the users are and what stage of the data lifecycle they will be most useful in. Sub-categories contain tables for quick comparison of tools against others that perform similar functions, linked to in-depth descriptions of how the resource can help. This resource will evolve; if you have suggestions of tools to add please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications
By the end of April, this DCC guide had reached over 2000 downloads since its publication in October 2011, making it one of the most popular DCC resources of the last six months. Well done Alex & Monica! The DCC offers a series of guides - drop us a line if there is a particular topic you would like to see covered.
Workshop: Rising your ReDMan
Who is championing your research data assets? Come to this workshop on 23 May at the University of the West of England and find out more about building the services and infrastructure to support researchers in managing their digital data. The DCC will be also there speaking about the approaches to research data management. Have a look at the programme and sign up now.
JISC, the British Library and the DCC are collaborating on a series of DataCite workshops. The first on 25 May is now closed to bookings, but you can check the details and will be able to register for the second workshop shortly.
The Centre for Life in Newcastle was the venue for the DCC Northeast England Regional Roadshow on April 23-24. The event attracted people from all five universities in the region, and from as far afield as Inverness and Kent. The first day highlighted local innovation in some key areas; support for multi-partner collaborative projects, institution-wide infrastructure, integration of research data and information systems, and platforms to deliver the benefits of cloud resources while minimising risks to institutions. During day 2 some of the thoughts sparked were turned into action plans, and we shared reactions to a preview of the new version 3 of DMP Online, the DCC tool for data management planning. All presentations are now available online. See below for details of the last of DCC's roadshow series.
University of East London
The Institutional engagement with the University of East London (UEL) continues apace, with an upcoming visit from DCC's Monica Duke and Sarah Jones to plan the rest of the programme. UEL announced their research data management policy in April, and Steve Grace described their experience so far in a guest blog post for the DCC.
Big Data, Big Deal?
DCC's Associate Director Graham Pryor spoke at the EduservSymposium ("Big Data - Big Deal") on 10 May, countering with "Big Data - No Big Deal for Curation" and arguing that, as ever, it was less a case of size matters than diversity rules! You can also read a blog post from the event written by Marieke Guy.
IDCC13 in Amsterdam
The 8th International Digital Curation Conference, #IDCC13, will take place in Amsterdam from 14-16 January 2013. After five conferences in the UK and two in the USA, this is the first time the event will take place in continental Europe. The call for papers has now been issued, and we look forward to welcoming colleagues and hearing about current and future research in digital curation.
The last Research Data Management Forum to be held before the end of the DCC's third phase, will consider not only the technology solutions that are being offered but also the policies and players who are shaping them. The theme for this event, to be held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, on 14 & 15 November, will be Shaping the Infrastructure - Technology Aspirations for Research Data Management. Further details including confirmed topics and speakers will be posted in due course. If you wish to offer a presentation for this event please contact email@example.com.
Open Repositories 2012 will take place in Edinburgh from 9-12 July, co-hosted by EDINA, Edinburgh University Library and the DCC. Registration is now open for the event, which brings together repository managers, developers and advocates, and this year will focus on repositories and research data. At the time of writing we have been slotting together 42 papers, 14 workshops, and a host of posters and pecha kucha presentations into the timetable for the final programme. With an opening keynote from Cameron Neylon and contributions from five continents, this is a key event for those involved in repositories.
Institutional Web Management Workshop 2012
This event will take place this year at the University of Edinburgh on 18-20 June. The programme features a number of sessions on data management and an opening keynote by the DCC Director, Kevin Ashley. There will be also a parallel workshop entitled Big and Small Web Data by DCC's Marieke Guy.
We would like to invite everyone to our last roadshow that we're planning to run at present. If you or your colleagues haven't already attended one, plan to do so soon!