Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | May 2016

                            
What we learned this month


Digital preservation awards
Just in time for this month's Pipeline comes news of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards. This year there are an unprecedented six categories of awards. Although the DPC is a UK-based organisation (of which the DCC is a proud member), the awards are open to anyone anywhere in the world. Just being shortlisted is a valuable and rewarding experience and can provide welcome attention for your work and your organisation. The deadline for entries is 26 July 2016, which is not as far away as it seems. Read the announcement, see the testimonials from past winners and shortlisted candidates, and start work on your entry now.
 
Breaking Boundaries: Research Data Management, Records Management and Archives
On 18 April, our Director Kevin Ashley gave the opening talk at an event organised by colleagues at the University of Edinburgh's Library aimed at archivists and records management professionals with an interest or responsibility for research data. The role that these professions have to play in data curation has been an interest of the DCC throughout its life, and we've frequently employed staff with professional backgrounds in these areas. We heard examples of contribution to good research data reuse from archivists, researchers and others, and then spent the afternoon in small breakout groups identifying actions to take. Stuart Lewis provided an excellent write up of the day.
 
DCC’s training in Europe
DCC staff have been busy around Europe this month connecting with international colleagues and engaging in some knowledge exchange. Sarah and Jonathan have been working with colleagues in the European Commission to deliver training to project officers in the Research Executive Agency. A little further eastwards, Joy and Jonathan have been delivering training to central services staff at Riga's Technical University. If we aren't due to visit your organisation, why not attend one of our regular courses? 


Resource of the month

Data Sharing Requirements 
Tracking funder policies relating to data is becoming an ever more complex issue. We do our best with the DCC overview of funder policies but we're always glad to see others assist. Last month colleagues from SPARC and Johns Hopkins launched a guide to federal government data sharing policies in USA, particularly valuable to those of you in the USA.
  

Future events
 
DCC workshop: RDM service development strategy
The DCC will be hosting a free workshop aimed at UK HEI staff in the process of creating or updating their RDM service development strategy. The workshop will focus on using the DCC’s new capability model (Research Infrastructure Self-evaluation) and will be an opportunity to work with your peers to identify priorities for service development at your institution. Places on the course will be limited to ten only, so get in touch if you would like to participate.
Cultivating ORCIDs
The focus of this event is on cultivating ORCIDs both in the university and in the wider ecosystem, from business case to advocacy and from initial implementation to advanced opportunities.
Advanced DMPonline
This DCC course will explain how the DMPonline tool for creating data management plans can be customised by institutions.
Repository Fringe
The Repository Fringe is a gathering for repository managers and others who are interested in research data and publication repositories. Participation is a key element as the event is designed to encourage all attendees to share their repository management experiences and expertise. We're still looking for more presentations on one of the three conference themes.
Digital Infrastructures for Research
Europe's leading e-infrastructures, EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe, invite all researchers, developers and service providers for three days of brainstorming and discussions.

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