Digital Curation Centre
Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | July 2011


NEWS



JISC 07/11 funding call and briefing day
On 1 July, Kevin, Liz, Martin, Adrian and Sarah attended a briefing day for the current JISC 07/11 funding call at Goodenough College in London. Lots of interesting and useful conversations took place at the event. The DCC will now begin work at supporting the proposed projects over the coming weeks.

7th International Digital Curation Conference
We've just announced some of the key speakers for the IDCC11 in Bristol. We hope to present a wide range of significant views and perspectives on the use of data in teaching and journalism, funder's perspectives, personal genomics, data citation and attribution, and many more. The call for papers remains open for a few more weeks. We are also interested in your proposals for workshops for the conference. Register your interest now and we will let you know when the registrations begin so you won't miss the chance of discounted rates. We look forward to seeing you in Bristol on December 5-7 this year.

ICE Forum 
JISC and IMLS co-sponsored the International Curation Education Forum, which took place at the UCL on June 28. Past and present DCC staff spoke about our work providing education and training in curation, and about other projects and organisations we have collaborated with. This is part of an ongoing and internationally-coordinated effort designed to ensure that staff are taught appropriate skills for the future, through a variety of means including academic courses, work exchanges or in-house training.

DCC website
We are looking to improve the functionality of the DCC's website and invite you all to take part in our survey. The survey takes only 5 minutes to complete (we promise!) and your help will allow us to transform the website into an even more useful digital curation and preservation resource. So why not let us know what you think about the website now!

EVENTS


DCC Roadshow in Glasgow
The first DCC Data Management Roadshow in Scotland was recently held in Glasgow on June 22-24, immediately following the SCURL's annual meeting at the University of Glasgow. Attendees from around Scotland received the opportunity to explore and find out more about DCC tools, and to begin analysis and planning for research data management in their own institutions. If you would like to know more about the future roadshows and how to register or be notified for a roadshow near you, please visit our website. Every UK institution is intending to increase its research data management capability, alone or in collaboration with others, and the roadshows aim to help you achieve this no matter what your level of expertise.

LIBER 2011 Conference
Kevin spoke at a workshop preceding the LIBER 2011 conference, about the research data management challenges facing libraries. This was the first in a series of four workshops planned by LIBER for its members around Europe. One of the workshops will also form part of this year's International Digital Curation Conference in Bristol this December. The DCC looks forward to opportunities for further collaboration with LIBER.

DCC at IASSIST 2011
At the start of June, Martin Donnelly and Sarah Jones travelled to Vancouver for the 37th IASSIST conference, where Martin delivered a pecha kucha talk called 'More with Less? Collaborative Trends in Research Data Management' and presented a paper jointly authored with Veerle Van den Eynden of the UK Data Archive titled 'Of Policy, Practice and Tools… Data Management Planning in the Social Sciences in the UK'. As part of the pre-event workshops, Martin and Sarah also ran a half-day session on various facets of data management planning.

CAiRO summer school - data management training for the performing arts
Sarah Jones headed to Bristol at the end of June to help run the CAiRO summer school with our partners Stephen Gray and Paul Clarke. There were lots of practical activities to help arts PhD students engage with data management issues. Slides are online and reports from the Incremental-funded delegates will be available soon. Also check Sarah's blog post for a great overview of the event.

INSPIRE Conference 2011
On 28 June, Martin and his Edinburgh colleague Robin Rice (Data Library and EDINA) co-delivered a presentation at the INSPIRE conference in Edinburgh. The INSPIRE directive aims to create a spatial data infrastructure for the European Union. This will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and facilitate better public access to spatial information across Europe. Martin and Robin's presentation focused on continuity of access, urging people not to forget about preservation and data management in their quest to make data more easily accessible.

Patients Participate! Workshop
The Patients Participate! Workshop brought together patients, researchers, publishers, charities and science communicators to discuss how research can be made more accessible. The presentations and further information are now available from the project blog.

CONVERSATIONS


Visit from the Swedish National Data Service
On 7 June, Graham, Angus and Sarah met with two visitors from the Swedish National Data Service, Sofia Arvidsson and Ulf Jacobsson. SNDS has been providing a data preservation and sharing service at the University of Gothenburg in the fields of medicine and social sciences and is now extending its activities to include the humanities. Their visit to the UK is being undertaken as a means of learning more about the nature of support and guidance specific to data curation in the humanities. They were given a broad introduction to DCC tools and services, with a more detailed explanation of the rigours of data management planning.

DPC's Directors' Group Meeting
Alex Ball took part in the Digital Preservation Coalition's Directors' Group Meeting on 27 June. This meeting gave members of the DPC, including the DCC, the chance to influence its themes and strategy for the coming years, and to link up with other members on matters of common concern.

BioMed Central Open Data Working Group

On 17 June, Angus and Alex took part in the BMC Open Data Working Group. Open Access Publisher BioMed Central is considering how to take forward the position statement on open data, which it released in September last year.

Beyond Impact workshop follow-up
Angus Whyte and Graham Pryor have been in touch with Cameron Neylon about possible follow ups to the Beyond Impact workshop that was held in May at the Wellcome Trust in London. This Open Society Initiative-funded project aims to bring together funders, developers, and service providers to develop a community 'focussed on providing the tools and policies to enable more effective research assessment that serves the needs of researchers, funders, institutions, and business'. More news on that will follow soon.

COMING UP


DCC's briefing papers and how-to guides
The DCC is about to release more instalments of its series of briefing papers and 'how to' guides, this time based around the themes of the JISC Managing Research Data Programme. The briefing papers are intended as high-level introductions to data curation topics for managers and those new to digital curation. The 'how to' guides provide more hands-on guidance for those tasked with data curation and management issues. One of the new titles is a briefing paper and a 'how to' guide on data citation and linking data to publications, written by Alex Ball and Monica Duke.

JISC Digital Preservation Benefits Analysis Tools Project
Registration is now open for the workshop to disseminate the Digital Preservation Benefits Toolset and accompanying materials, such as user guides and factsheets to the research community. The project has tested and reviewed the combined use of the Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) Benefits Framework and the Value Chain and Impact Analysis tool, which were first applied in the I2S2 project for assessing the benefits and impact of digital preservation of research data. The event will take place in London on 12 July.

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