2012 Blog Archive

A journey shared – on the road to research data management.

The workshop on developing institutional data policies held in mid-March helped institutions to come together to discuss different approaches and learn from each other. This article describes some of the lessons emerging from the workshop, complementing other reports on the same workshop.

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Coming soon: New homepage

I'm Magdalena Getler, curation services officer at the DCC. I'm pleased to announce that we have today launched the new DCC homepage in Beta mode. The Beta period will last for about two weeks before going live.

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Future plans for DMPonline

Feedback on future developments for DMPonline gathered during the JISCMRD Workshop: Meeting (Disciplinary) Challenges in Research Data Management Planning on the 23rd March.

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Turning roadmaps to action

Many UK Higher Education Institutions are setting out their 'roadmap' of actions to support research data management, to meet a deadline set by funding body EPSRC. Prompted by a workshop organised by DCC and JISC with the RoaDMaP project at Leeds University, Angus Whyte considers how a roadmap fits alongside documentation of policy and process.

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Navigating the potholes

As part of our series of blog posts on developing RDM roadmaps, this week we're reflecting on what a roadmap looks like and where HEIs have most work to do.

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The essential data roadmap

Last April the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) wrote to university vice chancellors explaining their Policy Framework on Research Data. This framework set out EPSRC’s principles and expectations concerning how the institutions they fund will ensure that research data generated as a result of their support is appropriately managed and shared. The DCC has provided a simple guide to creating a framework.

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Developing a roadmap for RDM

We trialled a new session at the Loughborough roadshow on developing data policy and services. This ended with an excerise on producing an RDM roadmap, as the EPSRC requirement to do this by May 2012 is uppermost on many people's minds.

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Re-skilling for research - observations on an RLUK report

The Preface to this new RLUK report opens by declaring how it “is clear that as the nature of research within our institutions changes, so must the role of the library in supporting research”.

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How can we evaluate data repositories? Pointers from DryadUK

How can researchers, publishers and others interested in a data repository tell if it is any good or not? The Dryad UK project has released a 'Draft Framework for Assessing the Dryad Data Repository'. This was was among the final outputs recently published from Dryad UK, funded last year under the JISC Managing Research Data programme.  In this post report author Angus Whyte outlines some of the framework and welcomes comments on how it might be extended and applied to other data repositories.

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House of Lords debates research data curation and disclosure

Scrutiny of the Protection of Freedoms Bill brings calls from peers for 'temporary exemption' for data if researchers undertake to deposit in an archive. This is one of many amendments being considered that would bring FOI legislation in the rest of the UK closer to the Scottish law, exempting research intended for publication. But does this buck the trend towards openness? How can the legislation be tweaked to promote better data management as a route to more transparent research with reusable outputs?

 

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