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The DCC and its services

The DCC has undergone continuous change since it was established as a consortium in 2004 jointly funded by JISC and the UK E-Science programme. Periodically it’s important for us to clarify what these changes are and what implications they do – or don’t – have for the services you expect from us. The full article sums up these changes from the past year.

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RDA in the UK: what role do you see?

This week saw the first RDA UK workshop hosted by Jisc in Birmingham. The Research Data Alliance is a community-driven organisation aiming to build the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing of data. Members come together through self-formed Interest and Working Groups to discuss shared issues and develop recommendations and outputs to address these. In addition to individual members, the RDA has over 44 organisational members, like the DCC, STFC, LIBER and Wiley, who are seen as critical to supporting the adoption of outputs. The DCC ran a workshop at IDCC13 to spread the word about the RDA and to encourage comment on the initial proposals for working groups. Our blog post from that event explains more about the function of the groups and how they are established. Experience has led to some aspects of the process being adjusted.

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Finding our Roadmap rhythm

In keeping with our monthly updates about the merged Roadmap platform, here's the short and the long of what we've been up to lately courtesy of Stephanie Simms of the DMPTool:

Short update

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A common set of themes for DMPs: seeking input

When the DCC revised DMPonline in 2013, we introduced the concept of themes to the tool. The themes represent the most common topics addressed in Data Management Plans (DMPs) and work like tags to associate questions and guidance. Moving forward, we see potential for broader application of the themes. In collaboration with the DMPTool, we plan to use a refined set of themes to support our objectives around machine-actionable DMPs. The themes provide the beginnings of a common vocabulary and structure for DMPs and could help to identify sections of text to mine, e.g., to identify a repository named in a DMP and the volume of data in the pipeline.

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Getting our ducks in a row

Recent activity on the Roadmap project encompasses two major themes: 1) machine-actionable data management plans and 2) kicking off co-development of the shared codebase.

Image credit: 'Get Your Ducks in a Row' CC-BY-SA by Cliff Johnson

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FOSTER in Scandinavia

It was EARMA (#earmaac2016), the annual gathering of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators in Lulea this week, and Ivo and I were there donning our FOSTER hats to speak about open science in Horizon 2020. 

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The 20:51 sprint (Roadmap team-building: UK edition)

This week we hosted the DMPTool team to flesh out our plans for ‘roadmap’ – the joint codebase we’re building together based on DMPonline and DMPTool. The key focus was reviewing and prioritising tasks for an initial release.  Building on discussions from the earlier US visit, we confirmed what work was to be done and agreed to begin with some well-defined, short tasks as a test of our co-development procedures. With everyone taking leave over the coming weeks, the first sprint will start in mid-July at which point we’ll begin adding documentation to the Github repository.

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DMPonline / DMPTool roadmap - reciprocal visits

Our collaboration with the DMPTool team continues. Marta was in Oakland at the end of May and we're preparing to host the US team in Glasgow next week. We've been experiencing Californian weather for the past few weeks - hope it lasts long enough so they experience Scotland at its best. 

Below is an update from Stephanie on Marta's visit. We'll post more news soon on the UK side of the trip.

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Jisc Research Data Network event, Cardiff, 18 May 2016

On May 18th, the DCC's Martin Donnelly travelled to Cardiff to take part in the first of Jisc's quarterly events hosted by research data shared service pilot institutions. The workshops' aim is to stimulate greater discussion within the community around research data management issues, system development and implementation, and to allow a dialogue to inform the Jisc shared service and other Jisc/institutional provision.

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Processing Digital Research Data

Great blog post from Elise Dunham on points of variance between the Research Data Service and the University Archives in processing and curation workflows at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elise is Data Curation Specialist for the University's Research Data Service. The topic of Archives and RDM was also the focus of the recent Research Data, Records and Archives: Breaking the Boundaries workshop hosted by the University of Edinburgh in cooperation with the DCC.  

This post originally appeared in the SAA BloggERS! series on digital processing

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