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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | October 2010

NEWS


First DCC Data Management Roadshow to be held in South-West England
A new series of DCC Data Management Roadshows kicks off in Bath on 2-4 November 2010. Each of the three days is pitched at a different audience, from senior managers on day 1 to support and administrative staff on day 3, with a mixture in between. For more details and to sign up, visit the DCC roadshows page.

ESRC releases new research data policy
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has recently released its new research data policy, which incorporates revised data management and sharing plan requirements that will come into force in Spring 2011. Further details of this welcome development are available in DCC News.
 
UKOLN leading SageCite project
DCC partner UKOLN is leading the recently funded SageCite project. Working with the University of Manchester, the British Library (representing DataCite), PLoS Genetics, Nature Genetics and Sage Bionetworks, the project will investigate three aspects of data citation: data, process and publication. The project can be followed on the SageCite blog.
 
e-Research invites UKOLN to consortium
UKOLN has also recently been invited to join e-Research South, a consortium led by the University of Oxford (through the Oxford e-Research Centre) with the Universities of Reading, Southampton and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).


CONVERSATIONS

Martin Donnelly and Graham Pryor have been in contact with colleagues at the UK Data Archive, working together more closely on a number of data-related issues, particularly training and the development of user-friendly guidance to be delivered via the DMP Online tool.
 
Martin has also been speaking with Richard Plant at the University of York about the potential for developing psychology-specific data guidance as part of a JISC-funded project.
 
In Edinburgh on 21st September, Graham and Sarah Jones met with Julie Watson of New Zealand’s Ministry of Science and Innovation. As e-Research adviser, Julie was keen to hear about UK policy and infrastructure for data management and sharing to learn lessons that can inform such developments in NZ.
 
In September, Martin Donnelly has been liaising with programme managers at JISC to enable the DCC to continue to improve the level of support we offer to JISC-funded projects and applicants for JISC funding.
 
EVENTS


Repository Fringe 2010, Edinburgh
On 2-3 September various DCC Edinburgh staffers attended the Repository Fringe 2010 at University of Edinburgh. Martin Donnelly was a co-organiser of the event, and Kevin Ashley gave the closing keynote. They and Angus Whyte also participated in several sessions including a round table on linking publications to data, chaired by Robin Rice of EDINA. A report from the event will be included in the next edition of Ariadne.
 
ECDL 2010, Glasgow
In Glasgow on 6th September, Liz Lyon chaired a panel at the 14th European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL 2010), covering data management and sharing.

The Panel topic was "Developing Services to Support Research Data Management and Sharing". It addressed the gap between the readiness of the current information environment to deal with large amounts of heterogeneous data. It also dealt with the disposition of academics in research institutions to update their practices of data management and curation. The abstract and slides are available through the ECDL 2010 site.

The following day, Martin and Sarah demonstrated DMP Online, which afforded a good opportunity to talk with colleagues from Austria, France, Germany and beyond about the state of play in their respective countries as regards funders' data-related requirements.

DC101 Training Course at UCL, London 
On 10th September, Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones ran a DC101 training course at University College London in collaboration with Veerle from UKDA. Attendees included data managers and researchers who’ve participated in the JISC funded Research Information Manager project, which has been investigating the skills needed to support research data management. Slides from the event are available.
 
AHM 2010, Cardiff
On 13-16 September Kevin Ashley, Liz Lyon and Angus Whyte attended the 9th UK e-Science All Hands Meeting (AHM 2010), which was held at the City Hall, Cardiff.

The event's theme was e-Science: novel research, new science and enduring impact, and Angus gave a presentation entitled ‘Six Degrees of Open Working’ in the session on Evolving Practices in Scholarly Communications.
 
The conference's closing panel was a discussion of New Opportunities on the Other Side of the Chasm. Following a short presentation on Digital Social Research by David De Roure of the Oxford e-Research Centre, panelists Mark Birkin (GENeSIS Project), Liz Lyon (UKOLN), Gary Olson (University of Michigan) and Alex Voss (National Centre for e-Social Science) discussed the issues.
 
Open Science Case Studies, London
On 15th September Angus Whyte gave a panel presentation at the launch of the Open Science Case Studies which he carried out for the Research Information Network (RIN) and National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), leading to their report "Open to All?" (PDF 279Kb)

Held at the Royal Society, London, the event was chaired by Michael Jubb (RIN) with a keynote from Timo Hannay and presentations by Rob Procter (Manchester eResearch Centre), Cameron Neylon (STFC), and Jean Carletta (University of Edinburgh).


COMING UP

New 'How-To' Guides
“Selecting and Appraising Research Data for Curation” is the working title for the first in a forthcoming series of DCC ‘how-to’ guides, offering a practical introduction to curation topics.

This first guide is a collaboration between the DCC’s Angus Whyte and Andrew Wilson of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

This series is aimed at people in research or support posts who are new to curation, but are taking on responsibilities for managing data, whether at local research group level or in an institutional data centre/ repository.

Redevelopment of DMP Online 
The redevelopment of DMP Online is almost complete, and v2.0 will be launched early in October. Among the improvements to the system are additional export options, a clearer layout, and the introduction of funder-specific guidance. If you would like an earlier look at the system, drop Martin Donnelly a line.
 
DCC Website Content Updates
The DCC website is under constant review, and in coming months users can expect to see new FAQs on ‘how DCC can help you’, new JISC guidelines on the applicability of Freedom of Information (FOI) to research data, plus other updates to our resources, events and training.
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