2010 Blog Archive

IDCC10 - initial impressions

It's now nearly a week since our sixth conference in Chicago finished, and my initial impressions are that it was a great success. With over 270 people registered for the conference itself, and many others attending the events scheduled around it, we had the largest attendance yet for IDCC. But success isn't just measured by numbers; we also had some excellent keynote speakers, a diverse set of papers and a real feeling of engagement shown in the questions being asked and in the conversations taking place outside the sessions.

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How to run a data service

Members of the UK Data Archive team ran an very useful event over two days earlier this month to share their experiences of how to run a data service. They explained the processes they've developed and shared practical tips based on lessons learned.  My event fee was generously funded through the DPC leadership programme - thanks!

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Shakespeare Quarterly "Open Peer Review" Experiment

Some thoughts on 'open peer review', after the New York Times reports on a Shakespeare Quarterly experiment in opening up their peer review process.

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Australian Digital Futures Institute launches "Data Bites"

A new blog from the Australian Digital Futures Institute titled Data Bites offers a platform to projects funded by ANDS, the Australian National Data Service. The blog is intended for updates on these projects and has a temporary url at: http://adfi.usq.edu.au/ands-partners/ .

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Ending It All Over Lost Data?

The BBC has an interesting story about "digital vagabonds", people who have given up traditional analogue posessions in order to live more completely virtual lives. Reading this with my DCC hat on, the same thought was always with me: Yes, but have they backed it all up?

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What will Openness do for Science? More on Climategate

Thought provoking article in THE by Adam Corner, with more debate on climategate and the implications for science of open data and transparency in the research process.

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Debate Continues on "Climategate" Data Implications

Times Higher Education discusses implications for data release, arising from a recent ruling by the Information Commissioner's Office on tree-ring data, and the Russell Report on the "Climategate" emails affair.

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Business intelligence for research data curation?

Gaining business intelligence from user activity data was the topic of a JISC workshop I attended this week – and a hot topic if the activity of JISC programme managers is anything to go by. I counted five, plus a large contingent of JISC service people, and of course Deputy Chair Professor David Baker who chaired this event. 

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What will the new Public Data Transparency Principles mean for researchers and HEIs?

The new Government's Public Sector Transparency Board met last week for the first time and promptly published a draft set of Public Data Principles on the data.gov.uk team blog. So what does this mean for research data and HEI's?

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A Digital Divide?

My attention was drawn this week to the PLANETS White Paper, The Digital Divide - Assessing Organisations’ Preparations for Digital Preservation, which summarises the findings of a Market Survey last year of 200 organisations around the world.

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