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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | December 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012!
The DCC staff will be looking forward to a well-earned break following a busy year culminating in two successful events in December - IDCC11 and roadshow in Cardiff. I'm grateful to the staff for their support and hard work and would like to join them in wishing you all a relaxing break as 2011 draws to a close, and all the best for the year to come. 

Kevin Ashley, DCC Director


New book: Managing Research Data

This book due for publication on 20 January 2012 is a must read for anyone generating or supporting those who generate research data. From the opening chapter the question Why Manage Research Data? is explored across the international landscape of policies, planning, sustainability and emerging infrastructures. Don't wait any longer, order online now!

SageCite project concludes
SageCite, a DCC associated project that ran from August 2010 has recently concluded. The final deliverables are two interviews with editors of leading science journals in which they share their thoughts on challenges in data sharing, linking and publication, and the future of scholarly communication.


The 7th IDCC conference has just finished in Bristol (5-7 December). It included a packed programme of invited speakers and talks as well as a diverse set of workshops. All sessions were recorded and are now available online. Many people left the conference inspired to do something - with their own data, with someone else's or with their institution's infrastructure. It was refreshing to see that a number of this year's talks were from people who had done just that after IDCC10 in Chicago. We look forward to hearing all about new collaborations formed at this year's conference, at the next 8th International Digital Curation Conference. For a quick summary of the event read the excellent storify of the event put together by @eventamplifier.

Spanish Recolecta data management series  
DCC's Sarah Jones gave a talk on DAF for the Spanish Recolecta data management seminar series. Other presenters included Simon Hodson of JISC, Stuart McDonald of EDINA and Kate McNeill of MIT Libraries. Videos of presentations are now available to download.

Managing Research Data Programme 2011-2013  
The new JISC Managing Research Data programme got off to a flying start at the launch event in Nottingham. There were several useful sessions to support projects with blogging, using tools and gathering evidence, and lots of discussions sharing lessons between projects. Slides and session summaries are available on the MRD programme blog. Don't forget to also check the new evidence gathering blog.


Supporting HEIs with data management
The DCC programme to provide RDM support is going well. We now have 12 institutions who signed up, including the University of St Andrews, Oxford Brookes, London School of Economics and the University of East London. Sarah Jones and Miggie Pickton of Northampton University will be presenting a case study at the DCC roadshow in Loughborough on how the DCC's support is helping to extend and embed existing data management initiatives at the University.

CNI fall meeting
In mid-December, following CNI's autumn meeting in Washington DC, the DCC's director met with representatives from NSF, Creative Commons and other interested organisations to discuss research data governance. The aim was to identify particular challenges to effective data sharing in international collaborations and hence to set the research agenda for funders - particularly NSF - in the light of our findings. We'll be reporting on outcomes in January.


DCC roadshows in 2012
For spring 2012 we are planning roadshows in Loughborough, Salford and London. The registration for the East Midlands roadshow is now open so sign up to join us in Loughborough on 7-8 February 2012. A draft programme is also available on the website including confirmed speakers: Bill Hubbard, University of Nottingham, Paul Stainthorp, University of Lincoln, Miggie Pickton, University of Northampton, Martin Hamilton of University of Loughborough and Jonathan Tedds from University of Leicester. We look forward to seeing you there!

DCC's internal six-monthly meeting
The next DCC planning meeting will be held in January where the next six months will be discussed in detail. It will also look at what direction the DCC will take in 2013 and beyond. Your thoughts, as always, are welcome. Contact our Director or the general DCC contact point and let us know what you think.  
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