DCC blog

Author: Alex Ball

Ex-staff (Former Research Officer)

IDCC15 Demo Sessions: Digital repositories with Islandora

A summary of the session at IDCC15 in which the Research Data MANTRA Course was demonstrated.

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IDCC15 Demo Sessions: Do you know the MANTRA?

A summary of the session at IDCC15 in which the Research Data MANTRA Course was demonstrated.

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Birds of a Feather session at IDCC15: Forging our digital future together

A report on the Birds of a Feather session on collaboration between digital archives, held on Day 1 of the International Digital Curation Conference, 2015.

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Metadata mapping for the pilot UK Research Data Registry

Having set up the software that will power our pilot UK Research Data Registry, we are now writing crosswalks that will let us import metadata records from various UK data centres and institutional data repositories. We have mapped from five different metadata schemes to the registry's own internal scheme, RIF-CS. In February 2014 we will turn these mappings into crosswalks and begin testing them out.

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Preserving CAD

On 26 July 2013 the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) held a Briefing Day to launch its new report on preserving computer-aided design models. As the author of the report, I went along to give the opening talk and listen to others' experiences and thoughts about emerging trends.

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Access to Citation Data

On 14 May 2013 I and a group of other interested parties met to discuss the findings of a new Jisc-funded study that considers the case for open access to citation data.

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Hands-on RDM with SIM4RDM

On 12 April 2013 I attended a workshop organised in Berlin by the SIM4RDM project. This is a European project that is creating a framework for evaluating and improving research data management (RDM) for a range of stakeholders.

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Making Data Count

The Knowledge Exchange – a collaboration between Jisc and its peers in Finland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands – recently published a report looking at how the value of research data might be measured, and how these metrics might to used to reward data sharing. On 11-12 April 2013, I attended a workshop in Berlin that sought to build on that report and plan the next steps.

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IDCC13: ELIXIR - a bioinformatics infrastructure

Ewan Birney opened the 8th International Digital Curation Conference with a keynote presentation describing how changes in genetic research inspired a new bioinformatics infrastructure called ELIXIR.

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Data citations: versions and granularity

On 3 December 2012, the British Library ran a DataCite workshop entitiled 'What to cite: Versioning and granularity of research data for effective citation'. I went along to hear how data centres, institutional data archives, publishers and researchers are making different versions of data available for citation, and their attitudes towards how DOIs are assigned to data.

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