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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | July 2013

What we learned this month

Data sharing: more incentives
A bigger push towards data sharing came this month with a set of principles for open scientific research data emerging from the first ever G8 joint Science Ministers and national science academies meeting, hosted on 12 June by the Royal Society in London.

The future of data publication
Data journals offer new opportunities for social scientists to publish richer descriptions of their datasets. This was a theme of the IASSIST13 conference session on Expanding Scholarship: Research Journals and Data Linkages. Find out more in this DCC blog post

Consultation - Code of Practice (Datasets)
The Protection of Freedoms act provisions on datasets came into force last month, with changes to FOIA that apply to research datasets and a new code of practice. We will be producing a new short guide in the autumn summing up this and other current legal issues affecting data management.

DaMaRO and DMPonline 
DCC's Sarah Jones attended the University of Oxford's DaMaRO and DMPonline workshop at the end of June. It was great to see how well the different services are developing and starting to come together into a package. Oxford has customised DMPonline and created a DMPbank to store exported DMP metadata. We'll be working with them to add their customisation to the main instance of the tool.

Plans for Institutional Engagements in Australia
DCC's Sarah Jones and Jonathan Rans gave a webinar for the Australian National Data Service team earlier in the month. ANDS is planning to offer a similar service to the DCC Institutional Engagements so they were interested to hear what lessons we have learned and how we have changed the programme in the transition to one-to-ones.

Visitors from the University of Cape Town at the DCC
The DCC hosted Jayarani Raju and Michelle Kahn from the University of Cape Town this month. They are currently developing digital curation courses so were keen to hear about DCC's work and the information management master programme run in HATII, one of the DCC partner sites. 

Resource of the month

Research data metrics for impact and citation
The presentations from the recent Jisc-British Library workshop on data metrics are worth checking for better understanding of developing means to measure the impact of data publication.

Future events

Open Repositories
Open Repositories is an annual conference for repository managers, researchers and developers to share developments across national boundaries and technical platforms. DCC's Angus Whyte will be co-organising a workshop entitled Institutional Repositories Dealing with Data - What a difference a D makes! with Kathleen Shearer of COAR and Robin Rice of IASSIST. There will be also a keynote from Chuck Humphrey (University of Alberta) and speakers including Michael Witt (University of Purdue) and Courtney Mathews (Purdue University Library).
Repository Fringe
The DCC is again playing its part in the organisation of the Repository Fringe, an annual forum for repository administrators, developers/coders and information professionals. The programme is now available and the keynote speakers will be Jacqui Taylor of FlyingBinary and Mark Hahnel of FigShare. The Developer Challenge this year is Preservation, with a variety of ways of taking part, including remotely. A free half-day workshop is also planned entitled Getting to the Repository of the Future, which will take place on Wednesday 31 July. Attendance is open to both Repository Fringe conference delegates and others wishing to explore this area. 
  • Edinburgh, UK, from 31 July to 2 August  

Research Data Management Forum 
The next #RDMF10 will focus on the research data management in the Arts and Humanities. The event will examine aspects of Arts and Humanities data that may require a different kind of handling to that given to other disciplines; discuss how needs for support, advocacy, training and infrastructure are being described and met; and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current arrangements for Arts and Humanities data curation and sharing. A full programme will be available soon. Please note that places are strictly limited to 50, so early registration is recommended.
  • Oxford, UK, from 3 to 4 September 

DC-2013 and iPRES 2013 
iPRES is the leading conference on research in digital preservation. DC is an international conference on Dublin Core and metadata applications. This year both conferences will take place in the same venue and will run in parallel. During the co-located events, delegates will be able to choose sessions that best fit their interests from either conference. DC-2013 and iPRES-2013 share a common registration. Also, the Dublin Core-Science and Metadata Community (DC-SAM) and Research Data Alliance (RDA) are hosting a one day-long Metadata Interest Group workshop entitled CAMP-4-DATA WORKSHOP: Cyber-infrastructure & Metadata Protocols. Submissions will remain open through to 12 July.
  • Lisbon, Portugal, from 2 to 5 September (iPRES 2013) and from 2 to 6 September (DC-2013)
17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 
A scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. Readers of this newsletter may find the tutorial entitled From Preserving Data to Preserving Research: Curation of Process and Context of interest. 
  • Valetta, Malta, from 22 to 26 September 

CASRAI International Conference: Reconnect Big Data - The advance of data-driven discovery
This conference focuses on the role of research administration practices and information sharing in supporting knowledge discoveries and innovations. The three session streams are Reconnect the Machine, Reconnect Big Data and Reconnect the Library. 
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada, from 16 to 18 October

And finally...

Graham Pryor leaving DCC
After six years with the DCC, Associate Director Graham Pryor will leave at the end of this month to take up the post of Information Management Consultant with the AMOR Group. He has made a valuable contribution to the DCC's work throughout this time, most recently by managing the DCC's institutional engagement programme. We wish him best of luck in the new job!

New DCC checklist
We are pleased to announce the revised version of the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan. The new version (4) takes account of responses to our consultation. We are very grateful for the points raised, which have helped us produce a more succinct and relevant guide to the key points that researchers and data managers need to consider.

NEW! International Journal of Digital Curation
Volume 8, Issue 1 of the IJDC was recently published. It includes 17 papers and articles drawn from IDCC 2013 and 4 new peer-reviewed papers. Full table of contents.

NEW! DCC case study
This week, we publish the latest in our series of case studies focusing on the development of RDM services. RDM strategy: moving from plans to action looks at policies, roadmaps and business plans and how they interact to support a sustainable program of infrastructure development.

Linked Data events
On 5 July DCC's Director Kevin Ashley will be speaking at a event on Managing Research Data with Linked Data. The following week he speaks at the 40th anniversary event for HBZ in Cologne on the role of libraries in research data management. HBZ - Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen - is a collaborative centre for regional library services best known outside Germany for its organisation of SWIB - Semantic Web in Libraries.

Webinar on DMPs and DMPonline
On 12 July DCC's Sarah Jones will be giving a webinar on Data Management Plans and DMPonline for the EUDAT group, which aims to create a pan-European e-Infrastructure supporting multiple research communities. DMPs are a hot topic as it is expected a requirement will come into force under Horizon 2020.

Bridging the gap between researchers and rdm
On 9 July DCC's Marieke Guy will be presenting at ISKO UK Conference 2013 on Bridging the gap between researchers and research data management in a session on Research into practice.

Developing RDM training for librarians
The University of East London is hosting a workshop on 16 July about developing RDM training for librarians, IT staff and research offices. Speakers drawn from the Jisc MRD community will give their perspectives on the needs of each group and how to tailor resources to them. The DCC is supporting this work as part of the TRaD project. 

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