ANDS & the DCC

16 April, 2012

photograph of Sarah Jones and Martin Donnelly from DCC visiting ANDS office in Canberra

From left: Adrian Burton, Stuart Hungerford and Karen Visser from ANDS, Sarah Jones and Martin Donnelly from DCC

After giving a presentation on DMPonline at the Future Perfect conference, Martin and I visited ANDS staff in the Canberra and Mebourne offices.  We had some great discussions, sharing common ground and learning from each other's lessons. 

Key discussion areas were:

Data Citation

The ANDS team was interested to hear about DCC plans for supporting data citation, as they're assigning DOIs and covering the costs as an incentive to uptake.  Alex and Monica of DCC have produced some excellent data citation guidance and the DCC has been considering its role in terms of assigning DOIs.

In terms of UK practice the forthcoming DataCite seminars and UKDA's webinar were of interest to ANDS.  Their data citation poster and associated flyer are also of interest to repurpose for the UK.

Policies and data management planning

Although there isn't a mandate for DMPs in Australia, several universities have issued guidelines and templates for researchers.  See for example the ANDS-funded URDMS project at Curtin University.  Frances Watson of ANDS Melbourne has collated a list of all university RDM policies and guidelines and is considering how this can be synthesised to provide lessons to help others get started.  The policy work we've done in the UK is providing some food for thought.

The potential for using DMPonline was discussed here and with data centres at the RDM seminar hosted by Statistics New Zealand after the Future Perfect conference.  There was a good degree of interest and useful suggestions were made, which have been added to our future plans.  Let us know anything else you'd like to see or get in touch if you'd like to collaborate.

Support for Universities

Parallels were drawn between ANDS Seeding the Commons projects and the DCC's Institutional Engagements.  ANDS hopes to do more in-depth work with Australian universities and was interested in the structure and framing of our engagements.  Their metadata projects to feed content into Research Data Australia were similarly of interest to us as many UK Universities have ambitions to create data registries.

Engagement via social media

There was interest in the DCC website and how we use twitter, blogs and video content to engage audiences.  Many of the improvements you'll have noted in recent years are thanks to Magda. She closely monitors what's working for us and we're happy to share that to help others.  

Alexander Hayes of ANDS has established a webinar suite so presentations can be broadcast across Australia.  We took part in the series while we were there, giving an overview to the DCC's current initiatives and the RDM landscape in the UK in general - particularly the JISC MRD programmes.  The setup was excellent, very well managed and straightforward to use. 

Slides from our talk are online and video will be available soon.

RDM at Monash University

We also spent a very productive day at Monash University with the eResearch and RDM teams there - thanks in particular to Sam Searle and Anthony Beitz for arranging this. 

The Monash approach is very forward thinking and flexible to meet researchers' specific needs.  They have disciplinary RDM platforms layered onto generic infrastructure.  These disciplinary RDM platforms are developed by the eResearch team in collaboration with researchers in the ‘hothouse’ and are then passed on to central IT to manage once they're suitably robust. 

The Monash model will be written up as an example for our how to guide on developing RDM services and infrastructure.

Lots of useful discussions and lots to follow up on! 

We'll keep you posted on how things develop.

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