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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | February 2012


Institutional Engagements Programme 
The programme of institutional engagements allows us to work closely with specific universities to build capacity and capability for research data management. You can find out more about it on the DCC website thanks to Marieke Guy and Kerry Miller. The latest Universities to participate are the University of Surrey, Aberystwyth, Warwick and Edinburgh.

New guide for IT managers: 5 Steps to Research Data Readiness

We have just published an introductory guide for IT managers. By working through the 5 steps IT managers will be able to establish the stengths and  weaknesses of the services they currently offer and work towards offering the Research Data Management service increasingly demanded by institutions and researchers. 

DMP Online
In January, Martin Donnelly travelled to Berkeley, CA to attend the DMP Tool strategy meeting. DMP Tool is a collaborative effort between the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library, DataONE, the Smithsonian Institution, UCLA Library, UCSD Libraries, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Virginia Library. The meeting also involved representatives of US research funders, and discussed potential sustainability models and scenarios for the short, medium and longer terms. Having recently been down a similar route with DMP Online, the DCC provides advice and guidance to this group, and between us we aim to share resources and plans wherever feasible in order to take both DMP Online and DMP Tool forward. The goal is that by working together we can go further than we would separately, and continue to use these tools to improve the quality and knowledge of - and capacity for - data management planning on both sides of the Atlantic.


Feedback on DCC roadshow in Loughborough
We received great feedback on the two-day roadshow format (as opposed to three days as it was before) that we piloted at Loughborough. We were fortunate to have Ben Ryan of EPSRC along, which helped in the breakout session on developing roadmaps. All the slides and new exercises are available on the DCC website. Let us know what you think - and sign up for one of the forthcoming roadshows if you haven't yet had the opportunity to attend.

Upcoming DCC roadshows
We would like to invite everyone and especially those from the Northwest to our roadshow in Salford, 20-21 March. The event will be opened by Professor Martin Hall, Vince Chancellor of the University of Salford. Confirmed speakers include Professor Terrence Fernando, Director of ThinkLab, University of Salford, Meik Poschen, MaDAM and MiSS Projects, University of Manchester, Rachel Kane, Research Data Management Project Manager, Research and Innovation Services, University of Sheffield. The full programme is available on the DCC website
Soon after, the 10th regional roadshow will take place in Newcastle on 23 and 24 April at the Centre for Life Conferencing Centre, Life Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne. It's being co-organised with Professor Julie Mcleod at Northumbria University. Registration and a draft programme will be available in the last week of February.

Keynote: Re-engineering libraries for the Data Decade
In February DCC's Liz Lyon gave a keynote speech at the VALA2012 conference in Melbourne, Australia. Liz's talk, entitled The informatics transform: Re-engineering libraries for the Data Decade looked primarily at research data and considered how librarians fit into the data space. The talk can be watched online and slides are also available in PDF format.


Institutional research data management
In February DCC's Director Kevin Ashley was speaking to two professional groups that have a significant role to play in institutional research data management. The meeting of a HPC Special Interest Group on 9 February in Edinburgh allowed us to explore the role of HPC services, which exist exclusively for research, and the role they can play in the research data lifecycle. On 10 February a meeting of the Association for Research Ethics Committees took place in Stirling where the tensions between openness, confidentiality and effective RDM were to the fore following the attempt by Philip Morris to obtain data related to teenage smoking.


How-to Guide: How to set up an institutional research data management service
We're in the process of developing a preliminary 'How to' guide that will feed into an extended toolkit on 'How to set up an institutional research data management service'. The need for this and guidance on roadmaps was flagged by Simon Hodson at the DCC face-to-face meeting in January. If you have innovative approaches that would make good case studies for us to include, please contact Graham Pryor.

Event on developing research data policies
Joy Davidson is working with Rachel Proudfoot of Leeds RoaDMaP and Simon Hodson to convene a meeting on 12-13 March on developing research data policies. The event is open to JISC MRD projects and DCC IE partners only. We'll keep you informed of the outcomes.

Workshop: Curation in the cloud
JISC in association with the Kindura Project are running a two-day workshop entitled ‘Curation in the Cloud’, which will take place on the 7 – 8 March 2012 in London. The event aims to assess the potential and practicalities of using cloud-based solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital materials, focusing particularly on data that originates from research or that supports research processes. DCC's Brian Aitken, Patrick McCann, Andrew McHugh and Kerry Miller will present a white paper that summarizes the suitability and viability of cloud approaches for accomplishing curation tasks, in order to inform discussion. The paper will be subsequently revised to reflect the meeting outcomes and distributed more widely. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Kevin Ashley.

Workshop: DataFlow and ViDaaS
DCC's Sarah Jones, Marieke and Jonathan Rans are attending the DataFlow and ViDaaS workshop in Oxford on 2 March. The DCC is supporting the uptake of the UMF tools being developed in strand Aiii of the JISC UMF Shared Services and the Cloud.

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