2012 Blog Archive

JISCMRD: Developing and implementing RDM policy

The development of research data management (RDM) policy has been a hot topic over the previous year with the EPSRC’s deadline of May 1st 2012 for the production of a ‘roadmap’ strategy document driving activity in this area. Now the focus is shifting, with institutions looking to the future and asking how these aspirational policies can be turned into practical reality.

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The value of a one-to-one

Marieke and I were in Northampton yesterday as part of the DCC institutional engagements. A few months back Miggie suggested we kick off our one-to-one support by running a preliminary 'research data clinic' where we invite researchers to come along and share their RDM problems. This reminded me of a service we used to run via AHDS - researchers could book short consultations around the workshops that we ran. We were all fired up by the idea and put together a poster to advertise it.

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JISC workshop takes data repository options further

Data repository solutions being developed in the JISC MRD Programme were outlined at the Nottingham workshop on Components of Institutional Research Data Services, 24-25 October.  This post summarised three pilots based around the ePrints platform; at University of West of England, Research Data @Essex, and the KAPTUR project. Also includes was an update on various deposit scenarios in line for support through the SWORD initiative.

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IDCC13 Preview: Kevin Ashley

The 8th International Digital Curation Conference is just around the corner and we are anticipating great discussions about data science when our international audience gather in Amsterdam in January 2013.

In the first of our series of preview posts, our director Kevin Ashley, gives us his insights into some of the current issues... 

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JISCMRD: Training and Guidance

A review of the training and guidance parallel session that formed part of the JISC Managing Research Data (JISCMRD) workshop on Components of Institutional Research Data Services, held in Nottingham last week.

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The value of video in getting the RDM message across

The increasing number of video resources being made available relating to Research Data Management (RDM) can be helpful in building capability in institutions. This blog post looks at what is available, from recordings of workshops and events, to webinars and training videos.

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Are you really on the map?

Between 18th July and 18th September 2012, Research Office heads or the PVCs Research (or their equivalent) in one hundred UK institutions in receipt of EPSRC funding, were invited to complete an online DCC survey designed to establish reactions to (and the impact from) EPSRC’s call for the development of effective research data roadmaps. For the purpose of this survey we identified HEIs that receive more than 10% of their total funding from research and are currently in receipt of one or more EPSRC grants. This gave us our list of one hundred institutions.

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DCC training workshop at iPres 2012

The DCC ran a workshop in collaboration with several other digital curation stakeholders today. Pushing the Boundaries - excellence in digital curation education and training through collaboration covered a number of themes, including curriculum development, assessing course content, and developing frameworks to map skills and evaluate training.

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New resources

There have been loads of useful links circulated recently. As an aide-memoire and signpost to others who may have missed them, here's a quick summary.

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Tackling visual arts as research data

Last week’s KAPTUR workshop, entitled Managing the Material: Tackling Visual Arts as Research Data, looked at defining research data in the arts and selecting and appraising research data.

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