2012 Blog Archive

Navigating the uncertain waters of data archiving and curation

A guest blog post by Gaz J Johnson, Repository Manager at the University of Leicester, on his experiences so far as he takes his 'first tentative steps into the terrifyingly uncertain waters of research data archiving'.

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DCC London Roadshow

The DCC London Roadshow was held at Imperial College last week. On day 1 best practice was shared through a series of local case studies. These included introductions to the ROHRD project,  the DMP-SS project, Research360@Bath, the Research Data @ Essex project and the DCC institutional engagement with UEL.

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Big Data, Big Deal?

The provocatively titled Eduserv symposium 2012: Big Data, Big Deal? provided a forum for IT professionals, and anyone responsible for managing research data or planning to work with big data in Higher Education, to discuss the meaning of big data and the challenges it presents. Speakers from both the commercial and academic world came together to reflect on big data trends and the implications for research, learning, and operations in HE.

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Bringing it all back home: Tailoring DMPonline for your institution

We are often asked how institutions can establish a customised presence in DMPonline. There are three ways to do this, in increasing levels of complexity. This blog post outlines what we can do, and how.

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Reviewed Tools and Services Catalogue

The digital curation community has been prolific in creating tools and services to address the myriad challenges facing data creators and curators, but it can be difficult to wade through the wealth of options to find the solution that best fits your need. The DCC has created a Tools and Services Catalogue to help navigate this landscape, focusing on software and services that directly perform curation and management tasks.

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SPRUCE Mashup Glasgow

The SPRUCE Project held a Mashup event in Glasgow from 16 to 18 April. The event was designed to bring together developers and digital preservation practitioners so that the former could find solutions to the some of the issues being encountered by the latter. Patrick McCann attended as a developer and worked on getting Facebook content into the Malta Music Memory Project (M3P) wiki.

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UEL's perspective: Data management from a standing start

First in a series of blog posts featuring institutional experiences of developing policies, implementing strategies and capturing roadmaps.

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Policies for open research

I was tweeted some great questions about RDM and open access policies today and thought they warranted more than a 140 character response.

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ANDS & the 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.

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Is the Future Perfect?

The overriding message from the Future Perfect conference was that the future is not perfect!  There are lots of digital preservation challenges that we're still grapling with, but on a more optimistic note, we *are* making headway.

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