|Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | March 2014
What we learned this month
IDCC14 in San Francisco
Thanks to everyone who attended IDCC in San Francisco this year, especially those who gave papers, ran workshops and produced posters. There was some inspiring work on show and really interesting discussions. If you missed it, or just want a refresher, you can find all of the presentations, posters, videos and blog posts online.
We’d also really appreciate some more feedback on the relevance of the topics covered from those who attended and suggestions of what you’d like to see included in IDCC15, so please fill in our short online form.
We hope to see all of you and many others next year at IDCC15 in London – keep an eye on our website for info on venue and dates as they are released.
Data Citation Principles
DCC warmly welcomes and endorses the eight Data Citation Principles set out by the Data Citation Synthesis at the IDCC workshop on this vital theme. The Synthesis Group has drawn together important projects and stakeholders towards a consensus view of where our energies should be spent. Its principles give a helpful steer towards the short term action that (among others) journals and institutions need to take, although widespread implementation is expected to be a longer-term prospect.
We've been adding more templates and guidance to DMPonline: there's now a template for Horizon 2020 projects and several universities have already started to customise the tool. We've added example plans and guidance and have produced a screencast to walk through the process of using DMPonline.
Our next webinar on ‘Customising DMPonline’ on 10 April is now fully booked; we will shortly be releasing the video from our successful 13 March session on our YouTube channel so watch this space! As well as providing a demo at last week’s Jisc Digital Festival, we also ran a workshop in collaboration with the DMPTool team at IDCC14 last month - workshop slides and a blog post are online now.
New checklists for appraising data and choosing a repository
In a training session with Academic Librarians at Loughborough University this month, DCC piloted new draft checklists for appraising data and choosing a repository - Angus Whyte and Jonathan Rans worked through a scenario on appraising data and got really useful feedback from Loughborough colleagues. The checklists are currently being revised and will shortly be circulated as a draft briefing to complement our How-to guide on appraising research data.
Return of 'What's New'
The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Digital Curation Centre are delighted to announce the return of ‘What’s New’ with Issue 55, March 2014. This issue includes an interview with Anne Archer from Lloyds Banking Group Archives and an article on digital preservation from Sarah Norris of DPC.
Resource of the month
How to Discover Requirements for Research Data Management Services
We released the 7th in our series of How-to guides this month; How to Discover Requirements for Research Data Management Services which complements last year’s How to Develop Research Data Management Services. Co-authored by DCC's Angus Whyte and DataONE's Suzie Allard, the guide describes in detail the methods used to plan, elicit, analyse, document and prioritise RDM service users' requirements, and puts these in the context of RDM service development.
How to Discover Requirements for Research Data Management Services
Research Data Alliance Plenary
The Research Data Alliance is holding its 3rd Plenary in Dublin this month. Its working groups are beginning to take practical steps to address the barriers to more effective data sharing and reuse, with the international focus that this action often requires. DCC will be represented in interest group, working group and organisational discussions, contributing on data publication and metadata standards for example.
Joining forces - open-access publication repositories and research data
There are two upcoming events which highlight the increasing overlap in functionality and areas of interest between open-access publication repositories and research data.
COAR and OpenAIRE are holding a joint conference this spring.
While June 2014 sees the next Open Repositories conference held in Finland and will include many data-related themes which build on the data focus established when DCC co-hosted OR2012 in Edinburgh.
DCC working with Masters students
On 10 March, Martin gave a webinar talk to the first cohort of students enrolled on Robert Gordon University's new distance learning Masters in Digital Curation. The group of internationally diverse students were highly engaged, asking lots of insightful questions about topics as varied as journal data policies, metadata catalogues for discovery, and strategies for incentivising researchers to follow good data management practice. We hope to continue this relationship over the coming years.
Meanwhile Joy and Sarah are off to South Africa to run a number of workshops in collaboration with our partners at The University of Cape Town, which is also now running a Masters in Digital Curation. They'll be working with both staff and students from several local institutions, as well as visiting the University of Stellenbosch to run a regional DCC roadshow hosted by the LIASA Western Cape Higher Education Libraries Interest Group (WCHELIG) and National Higher Education Libraries Interest Group.
Are you ready for EPSRC compliance?
DCC is hosting a one-day workshop to help UK HEIs assess their readiness to comply with EPSRC policy framework on research data. Split into two sessions, the first will see Ben Ryan of EPSRC provide a summary of the recent EPSRC survey results and look at some brief case studies of activity currently underway, while the afternoon will contain a practical session to help participants benchmark their institution's progress using the DCC's CARDIO tool.
Institutional Senior Management Survey – RDM: From Strategy to Action
How prepared are institutions to support RDM? DCC is taking a snapshot of progress within the UK HEI sector. This month we’re seeking the views of senior managers involved in their institution's decision-making on RDM. We are inviting participation from Pro-VCs for Research and Heads of Libraries, IT/Computing and Research Offices. If you fit that profile and have not seen the survey, please contact us. We expect to publish results in mid-May, and plan to update them on an annual basis. With growing pressure to offer support coming from the EC’s H2020 Framework and other sources, we foresee keen interest in the results.
Webinars are the way forward
Not only have we launched the first in our own series of webinars this month, on March 10 DCC’s Martin gave a webinar talk to the first cohort of students on the MSc in Digital Curation at Robert Gordon University. This new distance learning degree programme already has an international cohort of students enrolled, from Canada to South Africa who were highly engaged with the presentation, asking lots of insightful questions about topics as diverse as journal data policies, metadata catalogues for discovery, and strategies for incentivising researchers to follow good data management practice. We hope to continue this relationship over the coming years.
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