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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | August 2013

What we learned this month

Seven rules of successful research data management in universities
'Sound research rests on the ability to evidence, verify and reproduce results – managing your data enables all three' write Simon Hodson and DCC's Sarah Jones in the Higher Education Network blog in Guardian on 17 July. Worth having a look if you haven't already done so. 

RDM training materials for support staff
Steve Grace has recently blogged about a workshop held at the University of East London on the training resources available for those in RDM support roles.  
If you know of any other resources please add them to this list RDM training materials for support staff.

CASRAI-UK Working Group to Advance Integrated Standards for Open Access Reporting
Earlier this month the CASRAI-UK working group completed their first milestone in developing a data management plan profile based on the DMPonline taxonomy. The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) is a non-profit standards development organisation that works with an international community of leading research funders and institutions to ensure seamless interoperability of research information.

DMPs at the European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT)
As part of the EUDAT webinar series on 12 July, DCC's Sarah Jones did a presentation on Data Management Plans and DMPonline. The session demonstrated the need for data management plans and summarised the current revision work of the DMPonline tool. The DCC will be rerunning this session at the EUDAT conference in October and examining how DMPs could be supported in a European context.

Resource of the month

egyptian hieroglyphics
egyptian hieroglyphics

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation report
The Society of American Archivists awarded the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation report the Preservation Publication Award for 2013. The volume includes a contribution on Education Alignment authored by Sheila Corrall, George Coulbourne, Andreas Rauber and DCC's Joy Davidson.

Future events

Repository Fringe
It's the 6th Annual Repository Fringe so get yourself over to Edinburgh to join in or you can follow from afar using #rfringe13 hashtag. There will be live demonstrations of innovative work, 'lightning' presentations, pecha kuchas, roundtables and the ever-popular developer challenge.
  • Edinburgh, UK, from 31 July to 2 August  

Research Data Management Forum 
The next #RDMF10 will focus on research data management in the Arts and Humanities. A full programme is now available. 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. At DC-2013 there will be also a workshop organised by the 4C project on curation costs.
  • Lisbon, Portugal, from 2 to 5 September (iPRES 2013) and from 2 to 6 September (DC-2013)

And finally...

Marieke Guy and Michael Day leaving the DCC
We are saying goodbye to two colleagues Marieke Guy and Michael Day who after two years are leaving the DCC. Marieke will start soon a new job at the Open Knowledge Foundation, where she will be working on the LinkedUp project to encourage the use of public, open data available on the Web. Michael Day will continue his career at the British Library as part of their digital preservation team. We wish them both the very best!

In other staff news…
Monica Duke will be on maternity leave from August 2013.

Workshop for e-Infrastructure trainers
On 14 August, DCC's Joy Davidson will be participating in the Workshop for e-Infrastructure trainers at the newly opened Hartree Centre. The aim is to create a community of trainers who will work together to improve the quality and provision of e-Infrastructure training. The workshop is organised by the Software Sustainability Institute, STFC, Hartree Centre, DCC, NAG, EPCC, PRACE, HPC Short Courses and DiRAC.

A data management workshop
On 22 August, DCC's Martin Donnelly will be teaming up with DMPTool colleague Amber Budden from DataONE at the University of New Mexico to run a data management workshop as part of the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) Conference in London. 

Events at the Open University
As part of the DCC's institutional engagement programme with the Open University we ran two events in July: a training course for research administrators, for which we also developed a new FAQ on Data Management Plans, and facilitated a workshop on managing video data. Special thanks to Luke Dickens, a research associate who got the ball rolling with a case study based on his work, Ruth Cammies, the OU archivist, and Libby Bishop of UKDA for their excellent talks.

DC101 workshop
On 15 July DCC's Kerry Miller and Joy Davidson delivered a DC101 workshop at the University of Birmingham. There will be more workshops in August aimed at health researchers and support staff at the University of Glasgow. For a list of upcoming courses please see the DCC website.

Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation project meeting
On 2 and 3 July DCC's Kevin Ashley, Joy Davidson and Patrick McCann went to Frankfurt to attend the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project meeting. This EC-funded project will help organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation.

Cerif for Datasets
Simon Hodson and DCC's Joy Davidson presented at the latest Jisc's MRD Cerif for Datasets (C4D) workshops in Glasgow and London. A summary of the discussions with slides will be available soon on the project's website. 

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