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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | June 2011


Institutional Data Policies
Institutional policies for research data management are of wide interest at the moment. Following the release and adoption of The University of Edinburgh’s policy, the DCC is inviting others to submit examples of their policies. In the DPC/DCC monthly “What’s New” newsletter, the DCC’s Sarah Jones talks about the evolution of data policies from funder and institutional perspectives. If you are looking to develop or implement such policies, the DCC can help you

The Future of the Past - Shaping new visions for EU-research in digital preservation
Joy Davidson took part in The Future of the Past - Shaping new visions for EU-research in digital preservation workshop organised by the European Commission. The event provided a discussion forum for experts and focussed on identifying priority research and innovation areas for digital preservation within the next framework programme (FP8, 2014-2020).

TIMBUS: Digital Preservation for Timeless Business Processes and Services
Joy took part in the Timeless Business Processes (TIMBUS) project meeting. This European Commission-funded project is investigating the implications of increasing interest in making use of third party software and platforms developed and delivered as web-based services. This approach offers flexibility and potentially reduced costs, however at the same time raises questions of dependability and durability of information. TIMBUS aims to develop a set of processes and tools necessary to support continued access to these services over time. 


Research Data Management Forum
May 5-6 saw the most popular RDMF workshop yet, with 52 registered delegates at the University of Leicester. The event’s theme of Planning for Research Data Management was given a further injection by the keynote session from Juan Bicarregui (STFC), who talked delegates through the new RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy. There ensued a vigorous discussion on the tension between the policy requirements of research, the dynamics of institutional data policy and the prioritisation of data management within a financially constrained research environment. New to the event was the creation of an online meeting place for the RDMF constituency, somewhere for continuing discussions, sharing ideas, concerns and solutions, content from past events and ideas for future ones. All the slides from this event are also available on the DCC website. 

ESYM11: Virtualisation and the Cloud: Realising the benefits of shared infrastructure
Eduserv’s annual symposium was focused on cloud computing. The DCC’s Kevin Ashley gave a lightning talk along with colleagues from JISC, Eduserv and JANET. If you weren’t able to attend, videos and liveblogs from the event are now available online. All presentations were informative and inspiring, so even if you were there it is still worth watching again.

Data Infrastructure Challenges workshop
Liz Lyon and Manjula Patel organised and ran a dissemination workshop for the JISC Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2) project. The workshop entitled Data Infrastructure Challenges: Working across Scale, Disciplinary and Institutional Boundaries, was co-located with the sixth RDMF and explored research data management challenges in a range of contexts: data integration and interoperability, data flows between disciplines and data exchange across and within institutional boundaries. The presentations are now available online.

Data Citation Principles workshop
At the Data Citation Principles Workshop, which took place at the Harvard University on May 16-17, Monica Duke gave a presentation about the SageCite project. The goal of the workshop was to facilitate collaboration among leaders in publishing, data archiving and data citation research. Presentations from the event are now available online.

Digital Curation 101
Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones ran a Digital Curation 101 workshop as part of the JISC funded DATUM for Health: Research data management training for health studies project. The project aims to improve data management skills in PhD students and develop training materials and modules. The DCC will support the dissemination of DATUM project outputs, as well as other JISC RDMTrain projects, for wider reuse over the coming months.


RUGIT meeting
Our director attended a recent RUGIT meeting to discuss work funded by the Universities Modernisation Fund (UMF) that we’re undertaking to support research data management in the UK. RUGIT were co-sponsors of the UKRDS study which underpins much of this work. Although there was little time for in-depth discussion we believe there’s a basis for further constructive dialogue and cooperation between the DCC and RUGIT members.

Conversations with research funders
Martin Donnelly has been in discussion with representatives of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) with a view to achieving increased endorsement of the DMP Online tool, and improved integration and interoperability with the shared funding application system, Je-S. Watch this space for further developments as they occur.

DataONE Workshop

Martin attended the DataONE Tools and Best Practices Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 9-12 May. In addition to speaking about the DMP Online tool and providing guidance to the US colleagues currently involved in developing a similar tool, he contributed to the development of a pair of crowdsourced curation knowledge bases, which will be open to all via DataONEpedia.

Become a DCC Associate
If you aren’t already, why not becoming a DCC Associate? If you are involved in the creation, use or management of digital data, or simply care about digital preservation and curation, join our network. Discounted fees for many DCC events and stimulating discussion are just a small part of the benefits we offer. Join us now!


Data Management Plan (DMP) Online workshop
On 31 May Sarah Jones and Martin Donnelly ran a DMP Online workshop at the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) Annual Conference in Vancouver. Watch out for the content coming online next month!

Patients Participate! workshop at the British Library
JISC funded Patients Participate! project will be holding a one-day workshop at the British Library on 17 June. The workshop will bring together medical research charities, patients, researchers and information and technology specialists to discuss issues around providing biomedical and health research information more accessible to patients through the production of lay summaries and investigating the feasibility of a citizen-science approach.

DCC Roadshow in Glasgow
You can now register for the next DCC roadshow in Glasgow from 22 to 24 June. We have also more dates for future roadshows on our website. More details will be provided soon.
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