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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | October 2015

What we learned this month

DCC training
The DCC is launching a new and more frequent programme of training courses. They are delivered by people with years of training experience and in-depth subject knowledge, are competitively priced and open to all. More details will be available on our training pages soon. In the meantime browse and register for the forthcoming courses:
  • Advanced DMPonline, 23 November 2015, Glasgow
  • An Introduction to Open Science, 8 December 2015, Edinburgh 
  • Introduction to Research Data Management, 20 January 2016, Birmingham
RDA Sixth Plenary Meeting, Paris
We have recently returned from what was described as the “the biggest event on data ever made” - Research Data Alliance meeting in Paris. The DCC staff contributed to various working groups including the Organisational Advisory Board, Data Description Registry Interoperability, Metadata Standards Catalog, Data Management Plans, National Data Services, Data Publishing, Domain Repositories, Repository Audit and Certification, Data Provenance, Cost Recovery, and Education and Training. The highlight of this year's conference was that the co-organisers, Cap Digital invited companies that reuse data to participate in the event and show their work. We will be soon blogging about our work and what it means for you.

DCC publications survey 
To help DCC plan our 2015-16 schedule of guidance publications for Jisc we have been consulting members of the Jiscmail research-dataman list, which focuses on developments in the UK higher education sector. We proposed a number of topics that tie in with Jisc’s Research at Risk programme of R&D, and our ‘quick poll’ results helped identify which topics to focus on, and which formats would be of most practical use. The publications schedule we produce in response to this will be posted to the list and our website very shortly. The poll had 30 responses and gave us some great feedback on our current output. Respondents picked 12 of our recent publications, and gave 70% positive ratings overall when asked how strongly they agreed these guides are informative (80%) clearly presented (73%), and help people address their organisation’s data management challenges (55%). There were some specific comments that will help us improve our guidance offering. For more on this see Angus Whyte’s blog post.

International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving 
The DCC have always paid attention to the preservation and long-term security of the scholarly and cultural record, and our colleagues at EDINA have done significant practical work in this area through the establishment of the The Keepers Registry. The Keepers list organisations that archive e-journals and make metadata available on The Keepers Registry. It paints a worrying picture of the fragility of many online scholarly journals and offers solutions for university and national libraries. An international conference, Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving, followed by a workshop, took place in Edinburgh last month to look at progress in the decade or more since these problems were identified, and spur action for future. With speakers from Portico, LOCKSS, UNESCO, the ISSN international centre, British Library, National Science Library of China and many more, a truly international perspective was provided. Read more in the conference report.

Resource of the month

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication has just published a special issue on research data management, edited by Gail Clement and Lisa Schiff. There are numerous articles in this issue that will be of interest to the community. See the table of contents.

Future events

We are very pleased to announce the first set of speakers for this autumn’s Research Data Management Forum. The event features contributions from Andrew Treloar and Keith Russell (ANDS; via live video link from Australia), Chris Awre (University of Hull), Jane Williams (Robert Gordon University), Jenny Mitcham (University of York), Mary McDerby (University of Manchester), Matthew Addis (Arkivum), and Sarah Romkey (Artefactual Systems). A more detailed agenda will be available soon, once the final few speakers are confirmed. In the meantime, tickets are selling quickly so early registration is (as always) advised to avoid missing out. We look forward to seeing you in York!
  • 9-10 November, York
The call for papers is closing in a few days, on 19 October. See also the IDCC16 Dates page if you are planning to submit workshop proposals, posters or data papers 
And finally...

Farewell to Laura
We're sad to be saying goodbye to another member of staff. Laura Molloy is leaving us to begin study at the Oxford Internet Institute. Laura's most recent work has been centred on improving dataset discovery through Jisc's UKRDDS project. She may be also familiar to others through her work on institutional guidance for RDM as part of the Incremental project, her contributions to the work on skills and training in RDM and digital cultural heritage, or perhaps through her input to the creation of Digiman for Digital Preservation Europe. We'll miss Laura greatly and wish her well in her studies. Her work on the UKRDDS project is being taken on by Diana Sisu who has been involved in community liaison at DCC since she joined in 2011.

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