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Digital Curation Centre Pipeline Newsletter | February 2013

Plant cellsDear all,
DCC Pipeline has undergone a refresh this month. We have changed the story categories to make it simpler for Pipeline to carry news about developments from all sources, not just the DCC. 
I do hope you like it.

Magdalena Getler

What we learned this month

The 8th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) 
IDCC13 took place earlier this month in central Amsterdam. It was a great success - a fully booked event, 220 attendees, varied and inspiring keynote speakers and much to take in from papers on research and practice and the poster sessions. We were particularly pleased to welcome many new attendees from the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe - particular thanks to our collaborators at 3TU and DANS for extending our networks in this way. Read more about the event in our director's blog post

New project: 4C
The DCC is pleased to be a partner in a new European project, 4C, a 'collaboration to clarify the costs of curation.' Led by Jisc, this coordination action will gather together input from existing cost models and costing exercises in digital preservation and curation and help organisations make better use of the knowledge that already exists in this area. 

How to guide
The DCC how to guide on developing RDM services will be published soon. We hope to develop this guide into a toolkit by compiling lots of practical case studies, particularly based on work from the Jisc MRD community and our institutional engagements. If you have examples and lessons that you would like to share, please let us know.

DMP Online update
DMPOnline is one of our key services for supporting data management planning in research. We have been spending some time examining how well it does this task and how we can improve it. We are making some changes as a result; more details are available in a recent news article on the DCC web site.

Resource of the month

Biological cells

Plant cells

Disciplinary metadata registry
We have been working on building a disciplinary metadata registry to provide information on specialist metadata standards and profiles of general standards used in all research disciplines. The registry includes examples of uses of each standard or profile, as well as links to the standards themselves. We think this will be a significant foundation for the proposed RDA working group on metadata.

Future events

iConference 2013: Scholarship in Action 
Annual gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The DCC's Martin Donnelly and California Digital Library's Carly Strasser will also be running a DMP Online workshop there.
Research Data Alliance: Launch and First Plenary
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a newly-formed organisation whose goal is to accelerate data-driven innovation world-wide through research data sharing and exchange.
And finally...

DCC training 
In collaboration with the Leeds RoaDMaP project, DCC's Joy Davidson and Sarah Jones ran a training day for research support staff on 29 January. It was quite an interactive session with lots of exercises on data sharing and data management planning to raise awareness of available support and see what else is needed at Leeds. Would you like us to provide training at your institution? Get in touch

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