DCC blog

Author: Angus Whyte

Senior Institutional Support Officer

Data Publishing - Libraries & repositories presentations at IDCC

Key points from the three talks in this session (Parallel B, session 1), which each considered the changing relationships between domain repositories and other actors - university libraries and publishers.

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FOI dataset provisions - what do they mean for RDM?

RDM managers should be aware of recent changes in Freedom of Information legislation in England and Wales, which add to the risks and opportunities around making research information and datasets openly accessible.

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The sweet smell of sustainability - JISC MRD projects make the business case

As projects funded in the Jisc Managing Research Data programme to set up and pilot institutional services reach their end, many have been working up business cases for sustained funding from their institution.

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To the 17th century, and beyond!

Report from the closing session of the Jisc Managing Research Data Programme Workshop: Achievements, Challenges and Recommendations, 25-26 March 2013, Aston Business School.

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IDCC13 Data Publication: generating trust around data sharing

A report on the Data Publication strand at IDCC13. This featured presentations from Maarten Hoogerwerf (DANS), Sarah Callaghan (BADC and the PREPARDE project), and Peter Doorn (DANS).

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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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Bringing data into the open repository

DCC and ICPSR co-organised a workshop at OR2012 in Edinburgh on July 9th, attended by more than 60 delegates. This article gives an overview of the presentations and discussion sessions. It picks out three themes: clarity on repository boundaries, ground rules for collaboration, and how to handle the handover of research data from researchers. The presentations are also available from the event page.

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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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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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