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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | April 2015

What we learned this month

Where are they now?
The latest article in the series that looks back at the progress made by institutions that received tailored support from DCC, comes from Mary Donaldson, RDM Services Coordinator at the University of Glasgow. The University has appointed three new posts to support RDM, and the team have been busy setting up RDM services. They have established a Research Data Registry, which mints DOIs and links with off-site Arkivum storage via an Eprints plugin. The team has also been busy engaging with researchers to raise awareness of the EPSRC requirements and understand what support is needed to manage their data. To find out more about what's been going on at Glasgow, check out Mary's blog post.

Data stories blog
We have been collaborating with the RDA Engagement Interest group to create Your Data Stories blog to share examples of good and 'not-so-good' practice in research and scholarly data management, and demonstrate the benefits of data sharing and reuse. We start with a great story from Isabel Chadwick at the Open University who submitted a blog post by Andrew Farke on the benefits of data sharing in paleontology. It is an excellent illustration of how collating previously published data to compile measurements from over 1,200 different dinosaur teeth, facilitated new research and increased the citation rates for all those earlier studies. We would love to hear your stories. Please send us your examples! 

Jisc Research Data Spring: Refining the brightest and best ideas in RDM
The DCC will be developing one of the 27 ideas proposed at Jisc's Research Data Spring. In collaboration with Adrian Cox, University of Southampton, and Masud Khokhar, Lancaster University, we will be working to define the Organisational Profile Document (OPD) to cover research data management infrastructure. Our goal is to improve consistency in listing ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ RDM infrastructure components, making them more visible, machine readable and discoverable. A list of all the ideas can be found on the Jisc website

Collaborating with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI)
Software management plans describe goals and processes that ensure software is accessible and reusable throughout a project and beyond. The DCC have recently collaborated with SSI to develop a prototype software management plan service, powered by the DCC's data management plan service, DMPonline. Interested to learn more? Read Mike Jackson's blog post

Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C): Final review
The DCC was a core partner in the European Commission-funded Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project, which came to an end in February, after two years. The project aimed to help organisations across Europe invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. On 24 March members of the team presented the final project results to the European Commission and external experts in Luxembourg, and were delighted to receive an excellent review. Despite the fact that the project has officially ended, the project partners will be continuing to cooperate on key areas over the coming 12 months. You can see a synopsis of the project and the key outputs in this blog post. The project's main communication platform, the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) will be the topic of a DCC webinar on 6 May. 

Resource of the month

New Jisc publication: Steps that HEIs can take to meet the EPSRC research data policy
We are pleased to announce the new Jisc guide on Steps that HEIs can take to meet the EPSRC research data policy. DCC’s Sarah Jones co-authored the publication with Verena Weigert. The guide explains EPSRC’s expectations and provides examples of how different universities are meeting them, also noting how the funder is planning to check compliance. 

Future events

Upcoming DCC workshop
We are running a repeat of our Introduction to Data Management Planning & DMPonline half-day workshop. The workshop is ideal for those who are relatively new to RDM. It helps delegates understand funders' requirements for data management and sharing, as well as understand what a data management plan is and how to complete one using DMPonline. Registration is open now. 
Upcoming DCC webinar
In this webinar entitled Integrating data management planning into institutional processes, Zanele Mathe from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, will talk about her institution’s experiences of using DMPonline and how data management planning might be integrated into existing CPUT processes.

And finally...

DCC is a core partner in the EC-funded Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER) project. This two-year project aims to help European researchers to embed open science events into their daily workflows. During April, we will be delivering a number of FOSTER training around Europe. For a full list of upcoming sessions, please see the FOSTER website. Last month, DCC’s Martin Donnelly visited Lithuania to speak at an event hosted by Kaunas University of Technology, attended by researchers and research support personnel from a number of Lithuanian universities. Martin spoke about Linking Open Access Research Publications with Open Research Data, followed by Dr. Brigita Serafinavičiūtė’s keynote on Open Access as a Contemporary Trend in Science. 

The DCC is involved in the EUDAT initiative to provide pan-European research data infrastructure. Last month we attended the kick-off meeting in Helsinki for the next phase of work. We are involved in customising DMPonline and making the tool interoperable with other EUDAT services as well as providing DMP training for the Horizon 2020 community. You can read more about the meeting on the EUDAT website

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